We invite applications for the position of a UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER IN TARGETED DELIVERY OF BIOMACROMOLECULES.
Biomacromolecules have emerged as major therapeutic modalities in recent years. Discovery of new biomacromolecules (various protein, RNA and DNA compounds) will lead to further therapeutic breakthroughs. The emerging cellular role of biomacromolecules will open exciting possibilities for pharmaceutical interventions, but the delivery problems can hamper development of therapeutic applications. Delivery of therapeutic macromolecules into their targets requires inter-disciplinary approaches that combine molecular and cell biology, pharmaceutical and medical methods as well as materials science and nanotechnology.
The position is shared 50/50 between the University of Helsinki (Faculty of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmaceutical Biosciences) and the University of Eastern Finland (Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Kuopio campus). The appointee is expected to perform successful research in non-viral and targeted delivery of biomacromolecules to cardiovascular and/or ocular targets. The selected candidate will perform research on drug delivery technologies in Helsinki and he/she will apply these technologies to cardiovascular and/or ocular targets in Kuopio. The appointee’s research will benefit from collaborations with local existing research programmes in biopharmaceutical, cardiovascular and ocular fields. The appointee will participate in teaching of undergraduate students and doctoral students in the field of biopharmaceutics, particularly as related to therapeutic biomacromolecules.
An appointee to the position of a university researcher shall hold a doctoral degree and present documentation of scholarly research work as well as have the teaching skills necessary for the position.
The position requires the ability to carry out successful research and obtain external research funding with potential of leading a research group. Scholarly work outside Finland and evidence of international cooperation are particularly appreciated. The appointee must have good English skills.
A successful candidate should have experience in non-viral delivery of biomacromolecules. Preferably the research experience should range from physicochemical methods to biological experimentation. International experience, capability to raise research funding and prior experience in ocular or cardiovascular drug delivery are considered as significant merits, but not requirements.