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PhD scholarships @ NUS

About the position

A PhD-student position within the field of nanomedicine is available in the Wacker Research Lab at the Department of Pharmacy of the National University of Singapore. Together with several partners from academia and the pharmaceutical industry, the candidate will work in an interdisciplinary translational research project developing high-end in vitro assays to predict the in vivo performance of nanotherapeutics for the subcutaneous route of administration.

About the research project

Today, many new compounds are characterized by low peroral bioavailability as well as a short plasma half-life. In particular, the rapidly growing market of biopharmaceuticals has been addressed by the development of microparticle and nanoparticle formulations acting as a depot in the interstitial fluid. Although the physiology of the subcutaneous tissue is known, the intertwined kinetic processes which influence pharmacokinetics of the drug have only insufficiently been investigated. Aim of this project is the development of novel formulations of peptides and proteins which resist the physiological environment and can be released into the blood. To test these formulations a novel in vitro release and diffusion assay in combination with physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling will be utilized.

Requirements and conditions

The PhD-position’s main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. Admission criteria of the National University of Singapore (including an interview) and the scholarship program must be met.

General admission criteria of research-based programs
Conditions of the NUS scholarship


  • A master’s degree or equivalent education within natural sciences (perferably in pharmacy) providing strong skills and knowledge in nanotechnology/engineering, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics.
  • A strong academic record of a master or equivalent education
  • Excellent English skills, spoken and written

What matters for us?

  • The candidates’ personality and motivation for the position
  • Ability to work independently as well as in transdisciplinary teams
  • It is an advantage to have experience in:
    • Biopharmaceutics and PBPK modeling
    • In vitro drug release or dissolution testing
    • Development or formulation of nanodelivery systems
    • R, Stella, GastroPlus, SimCyp, Certara Phoenix
  • Personal characteristics:
    • Efficient and well organized
    • Accountable
    • Ambitious
    • Curious
    • Creative

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

For further information please contact including a cover letter, CV and other relevant information (certificates etc.).

Expert @ USP

For the next term from 2020 to 2025 I will join the USP Expert Panel on New Advancements in Product Performance Testing. A workshop will take place in December 2019 to share our latest experiences with novel drug release methods. Please check the USP website for further information…

Starting @ NUS

In February 2019, I will start my new position at the National University of Singapore. The university is a great place doing outstanding drug delivery research. I will support the Department of Pharmacy.

Particle Characterization in Medicine and Biology

The LOEWE workshop “Particle characterization in Medicine and Biology” will take place

20th of September 2018
at Goethe University Hospital in Frankfurt/Main

Speakers from academia and industry will share there knowledge about particle characterization in different areas of medicine and biology. Please note that an electronic registration is required (see below). Check the workshop agenda. More information will be sent to registered participants via email.


Confirmed speakers

Prof. Dr. Karsten Mäder
Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Dr. Martin Klein
PHAST Development GmbH

Dr. Pierre-Yves Lozach
University of Heidelberg

Dr. Katrin Wunderlich
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Dr. Mukul Ashtikar
Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology

Dr. Benjamin Weber
Pharma consultant / US Pharmacometrics, Boehringer Ingelheim

Dr. Stefan Mende
Netzsch Feinmahltechnik GmbH

Dr. Tom Dennison
Malvern Panalytical


Workshop organizers

Dr. Matthias G. Wacker
Goethe University and Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology

Dr. Marco Marenchino
Malvern Panalytical



The workshop registration is now closed and all slots have been filled. In case you have strong interest in the workshop you can still contact us via workshop [a] for the waiting list. We will contact you in case we receive any cancelations.












Session chair at the ACHEMA 2018



I was honored to be the session chair at the ACHEMA 2018 session “Pharmaceutical Technology – Labelling and Tracability”. Experts were presenting latest information about how to implement the industry 4.0 paradigm into pharmaceutical supply and production chains…