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Ph.D. student position at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Iceland


The natural products chemistry research group seeks applicants to fill a (full time) Ph.D. student position for three years, to work on the project: Natural products as potential drug leads for neurodegenerative diseases – a multi-target approach.

Description of the project

In this project natural compounds and derivatives with favourable properties will be identified and their activity towards nicotine acetylcholin receptors (nAChR), N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors and acetylcholine esterase will be investigated with the aim of discovering compounds with possible multi-target mode of action against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Methods used include computer aided tools such as virtual screening and molecular modelling in addition to chemical analysis, isolation and separation of natural products and in vitro bioassays.

The student will work under the supervision of Professor Elin S. Olafsdottir at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Iceland and Dr. Thomas Balle at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, Australia. The laboratory work will take place at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Iceland and partially in Sydney, Australia.

The project is supported by a three year Ph.D. grant from the University of Iceland Research Fund. The student is required to work full time on the Ph.D. project.

The student can start from September 1st 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter but not later than October 1st 2015. The position is full time for 3 years.


  • We are looking for an excellent student with an MSc degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry or other biomedical or life sciences.
  • Very good computer skills (needs to be able to quickly learn to use new software for molecular modelling).
  • Good laboratory skills.
  • Fluent in English language (talking, understanding, reading and writing).
  • The applicant needs to be able to work independently and have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The applicant must meet the requirements needed to enrol into Ph.D. program at the University of Iceland.



Please send the application marked HI15060094 to: Applications that are not sent electronically should be sent in duplicate to the Human Resource Division, University of Iceland, Main Building, Sæmundargötu 2, 101 Reykjavík. All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications should contain the following:

  • Description of how the applicant meets the requirements, his/her interests in the project and how he/she can contribute to the project (max 2 pages).
  • CV.
  • Certificates of education (BS and MSc degree) and distribution of grades.
  • The name of two referrals (their relationship to the applicant, e-mail address and phone number).

  • Overview of publications.

The application deadline is Tuesday August 4th 2015.

The selected candidate will need to send a formal application for a Ph.D. studentship at the University of Iceland in due time.

For more information please contact Elin S. Olafsdóttir at or tel.: +354 525 5804+354 525 5804.

The salary for the position will be in accordance with the current collective wage and salary agreement between the trade union and the Minister of Finance.

Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.

The School of Health Sciences at the University of Iceland is a national leader in the field of health care and has played a key role in the build-up of the Icelandic health care system. The school is comprised of six faculties: Faculty of Nursing; Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Faculty of Medicine; Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition; Faculty of Psychology and Faculty of Odontology.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is an educational and research institution of international standing, which has close ties with Icelandic industry and society. The faculty is a vibrant and highly valued research and teaching unit; in fact it is one of the most productive of the University's Faculties.

The University of Iceland is the largest teaching; research and science institute in Iceland and is ranked among the top 300 universities in the world by Times Higher Education

Further Information

Application Deadline : 4 August 2015

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