Call for Applications for a PhD Scholarship (m/f) - Refª: ACTS/BDE/19

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Hovione FarmaCiencia SA (Hovione) is a Portuguese company specialized in Health sciences, dedicated to the research, development and production of Active Pharmaceutical Substances (APIs), and drug products for pulmonary inhalation and oral delivery. Hovione innovates and leads worldwide in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry, as demonstrated by about 400 worldwide patents. The products and procedures developed at Hovione meet the high standards of compliance established by the International Conference Harmonization (ICH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Authorities of European countries and Japan.


As an integral part of Hovione's Innovation Strategy, the PhD program Alternative Applications of Continuous Twin Screw Wet Granulation was created and awarded a PhD in Business (BDE) scholarship.


Thus, under the terms of the” Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação Ciêntifica”, approved by “Lei nº 40/2004” amended by “Decreto-Lei nº 202/2012”, of 27th August, and amended by “Decreto-Lei nº. 233/2012, of 29th October and by “lei nº12/2013, of 29th January and “Decreto-Lei nº. 89/2013”, of 9th July (Research Grants Regulation of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)), now in force ( a call for the selection of scholars and grant of an individual scholarship is open:



The present call is open to a PhD in Business (BDE) Scholarship under the conditions and characteristics set forth in Article 6 of the FCT Research Grant Regulation in force in 2023.



Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science.


You will be responsible to:


Hovione investment on a Continuous Twin Screw Wet Granulation (TSWG) added complementary capabilities to the batch and continuous process trains. The TSWG module is designed to add a liquid (typically water; with or without a binder) to granulate the input material, mostly comprised of a crystalline API.Taking advantage of the reduced residence time during granulation, the first objective of the thesis is to ascertain whether it is feasible to wet granulate SDD materials as an alternative to dry granulation. Wet granulation for SDDs would allow bypassing disadvantages associated with dry granulation, specifically the loss of compactability and generation of fines.The second objective of the thesis will be to explore TSWG as a method to  to use liquid surfactants as binders both for the SDD and Crystalline Materials. The loading of excipients may also be explored to generate co-processed excipients.The third and last objective will be to test impregnation of mesoporous silica using the Twin Screws as an alternative method to the current standard of batch, solvent-based methods, with low throughput and large footprint.



The implementation of the program will take place at Hovione's premises, in close collaboration with Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon.



The scientific supervisors of the program will be Prof. João F. Pinto (Institute Supervisor) and Slavomira Doktorovová (Hovione Supervisor). 



The scholarship has a maximum duration of 4 years; it is granted on a full-time basis and is awarded annually, for periods of 12 consecutive months and automatically renewable, unless under the applicable legislation the scholar fails to fulfill his / her assigned duties. The scholarship is scheduled to start in September 2023 on an exclusive basis. 

We are looking to recruit a Candidate:


Master’s in Chemical/Pharmaceutical/Materials Engineering, or Pharmaceutical Sciences with a minimum grade of 16 may apply for this call.

Preference will be given to candidates with proven experience in areas related to the detailed work plan below and fluent in English. Personal characteristics: Enthusiasm, organization and objectivity; Analytical sense (attention to detail); Sense of responsibility and ethics; Ability to analyze and solve problems; Good interpersonal skills.



This call is addressed to anyone who is eligible to participate in the Program. 


The call is open between 15/May/2023 and 15/June/2023. 



Please submit the following documents: Letter of Motivation mentioning the Program and this announcement, detailed Curriculum Vitae of the applicant [proving the above mentioned requirements] copy of relevant diploma, a valid email address and a contact telephone number, contact details of 2 persons as referrals  and other documents which the applicant considers relevant for the evaluation of his / her application.

Only applications received until 17:00 until June 15th 2023 will be considered.




The selection methods are as follows:

  1. Preliminary evaluation of CVs by Human Resources and supervisor
  2. Psychotechnical tests (eliminatory factor) - candidates with negative results will not be considered for points ii, iii, iv and v;
  • Scientific merit taking into account the curriculum vitae of the candidate, degree / masters grade (minimum 16/20), participation in research projects, suitability of the candidate's profile to the Program theme and candidate experience in the Program theme;
  1. Level of English;
  2. Motivation Letter
  3. Interview


Each item will be scored on a scale of 0-20, with the following weights: Curriculum vitae and experience (40%), English (10%), motivation letter (10%) and interview (40%).


The evaluation of the applications will be carried out by the Evaluation Panel defined in accordance with Article 11 of the FCT Research Grants Regulation.



The evaluation panel comprises the Hovione's Scientific Advisors panel, Project Manager Innovation and Hovione Human Resources.



The results of the evaluation, presented in descending order, are published through the Hovione website and sent to the applicants within the deadline set in Article 12 of the FCT Research Grants Regulation.



The scholarship has a value of € 1.199.64, which is in accordance with the table of values for scholarships awarded directly by FCT, I.P. ( and is 100% funded by Hovione. The scholarship payment will be made monthly. The tuition fees of the Academic Institution will also be paid entirely by Hovione.


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