Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

PhD: Prof Andreas Heise - Pharmaceutical and Medical Chemistry

European Training Network Positions in H2020 ITN NanoCarb

Project description

A call for 15 PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers [ESRs]) is open in the recently granted Marie Curie European Training Network (MC-ETN) project NanoCarb - Glyco-Nanoparticles for Applications in Advanced Nanomedicine. NanoCarb is a multidisciplinary consortium including universities, research centres and SMEs with broad expertise ranging from Nanotechnology, Carbohydrate Chemistry. Glycobiology and in vitro/in vivo screening specialists. The network will develop novel and well-characterised nanomaterials with synthetic and native glycans that will be used for therapeutics and guide development of new drug delivery applications. The project will train early stage researchers at the interface of nanotechnology and glycosciences, with the overall goal of achieving a new generation of professionals in nanomedicine for a prospective career in both academia and industry. For further information on the project please go to

The successful candidates will benefit from an international scientific network of high-profile academic and industry partners offering state-of-the-art research facilities in nanotechnology, carbohydrate chemistry, glycoprofiling and in vitro/in vivo screening as well as career relevant training through research, courses, outreach activities, participation in seminar, and workshops. An ambitious training plan will be implemented including courses, outreach activities, participation in seminars and workshops for the development of scientific and transferable skills. Each ESR will be supervised by an Industry-Academia supervisory team consisting of at least one supervisor from each sector. ESRs will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers 



Applications are invited for two PhD positions on Glycosylated polymer nanoparticles and their biological interaction to be carried out under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Heise at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). The projects will focus on the development of methodologies for the design and synthesis of glycosylated polymer particles by emulsion techniques as well as glycopolymer coated silica nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery. Strong emphasis will be on the characterisation of the nanoparticles in terms of their physico-chemical properties as well as their biological interaction in collaboration with industrial and academic project partners. The research project is highly multidisciplinary and the candidate will develop knowledge in polymer chemistry, biomaterial science, surface chemistry and nanomedicine. During the PhD programme, the candidate will carry out secondments with an industry and academic partner. 

  • Research theme: Nanotechnology, Glycobiology, drug delivery
  • Keyword: functional polymers, nanoparticles


  • The ideal applicant will have a 1st Class Honours Bachelor’s degree or MSc degree (with minimum 2.1 honours from primary degree) in chemistry or related disciplines. 
  • Specific skills which would enhance a candidate’s application include experience in some of the following areas: polymer chemistry, materials science, biomaterials. Excellent written and oral communication skills are also desired.  
  • For candidates who do not speak English as their first language, IELTS or equivalent English language test scores of at least 6.5 is required. Applicants, who do not hold a valid English certificate at the time of the application, must indicate a clear plan with dates of how they seek to obtain the certificate.


Specific Eligibility Criteria valid at time of recruitment on the H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie programme 

  • The applicants should be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Mobility rule: The applicants should not have resided or carried out main activity (studies, work, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the recruitment date.


Application Process

Applicants must apply here with the following documents. Applications sent by email will not be reviewed.

Up-to-date Curriculum vitae inclusive of contact details of previous supervisors (max. 3 pages).

Cover letter stating your motivation and suitability for the position (max. 1 page).

Names and contact details of three referees. 


The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 2nd November 2018. All applications will be handled confidential. By submitting an application applicants consent to their application being shared with the other principle investigators of the NanoCarb consortium for the sole purpose of the candidate recruitment. Only short-listed applications will be acknowledged.


  • Application deadline: Friday, 2 Nov 2017.
  • Department: Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Tenure: Three year PhD
  • Reporting to: Prof Andreas Heise
  • Start date: January 2019

Mentors Prof Andreas Heise