Doctoral students / PhD candidates (m/f/x)

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Date: 31-Jul-2019

Location: Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany, 85276

Company: Daiichi Sankyo Europe

Affiliate: Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH


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Daiichi Sankyo and its 15.000 employees in more than 20 countries are dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical products. In addition to a strong portfolio of medicines for hypertension and thrombotic disorders, the Group’s 2025 vision is to become a “Global Pharma Innovator with Competitive Advantage in Oncology”. Our European headquarters are in Munich, Germany and we have affiliates in 13 European countries. For more information:



For our location in Pfaffenhofen we are seeking highly qualified candidates to fill the position:



Doctoral students / PhD candidates (m/f/x)

Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH offers an industrial promotion in cooperation with Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg in the frame of Bavarian Research Foundation's fund project "Simulation of tablet film coating process"



Effective Date:

  • 1st of September 2019 or as soon as possible - thereafter for a period of 3 years



  • Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH, Luitpoldstr. 1, Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm
  • In close proximity and excellent connection to Munich


Your profile:

  • Highly motivated to do the Ph.D. under industry-university collaboration on fundamental research about tablet film coating
  • Strong interest in simulation methods like CFD, DEM, FEM and knowledge in statistical tools (e.g. JMP) for design of experiments, data evaluation
  • Ideally some theoretical and/or practical knowledge of tablet manufacturing
  • Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Technology / Engineering or Engineering in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or an equivalent background
  • Strong interest in working in a cross-disciplinary international environment
  • Good communication skills in written and spoken English, communication skills in German are helpful but not a prerequisite
  • Willing to strive towards scientific excellence, ambitious and reliable
  • A very good grasp of English


Research topic and key responsibilities:

  • Experimental and numerical investigation of the tablet film coating process aiming to address the challenges that arise within formulation development, scale up and production
  • Learning and implementing state-of-the-art innovative experimental and simulation techniques related to not only tablet film coating but also other tableting unit operations
  • Characterization of powders and tablets to measure various micro- and macroscopic properties
  • Developing simulation methods based on first principles and performing simulations to address the challenge(s) of the tablet film coating process
  • Conducting experiments on lab-scale and pilot-scale machines as well as custom designed instruments
  • In depth results evaluation with statistical tools and interpretation of results identifying approaches that help in addressing the challenges of tablet film coating
  • Publishing reports and presentations, research articles, scientific publications, on internal and external national and international scientific platforms

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We support equal opportunities and explicitly encourage women to apply

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What's in for you:

  • We offer an interesting, diversified and challenging position and a professional environment where you will have the opportunity for personal growth
  • During your PhD, we provide you with a three years temporary contract
  • You will profit from full-scale supervision from experts of our specialist departments as well as from professors of Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • You will work in a research network of Daiichi-Sankyo Europe, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg where you will get connected to other PhD students