PhD Scholarship IFEP/BDE/15

Call for Applications for PhD Scholarship at Hovione, Reference: IFEP/BDE/15

Call for Applications for a PhD Scholarship in business at Hovione (M/F)

Ref: IFEP/BDE/15

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 “Improved Functional Excipients for High Value Pharmaceuticals” 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 2020



Pharmaceutical Chemistry.



Masters in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering or Pharmaceutical Sciences with a minimum grade of 14 may apply for this call. Preference will be given to candidates with proven experience in areas related to the detailed work plan below, preferentially with modelling knowledge and fluent in English. Personal characteristics: Enthusiasm, organization and objectivity; Analytical sense (attention to detail, statistical data analysis); Sense of responsibility and ethics; Ability to analyze and solve problems; Good interpersonal skills.



The activity of the scholar should focus on the following tasks:
  • Conduct literature search and state-of-art analysis, defining the technical and quality requirements for the class of functional excipients for bio-pharmaceutical use;
  • Plan and execute lab experiments and analytical testing required for the synthesis, purification and characterization of a set of functional excipients according to the defined requirements;
  • Performance assessment using model bio-molecules (e.g. Albumin, lisozyme);    
  • Results and data analysis.
  • Writing of articles, presentations, reports and thesis.
The work plan may include the selection of raw materials (specifications, analytical testing), in-silico assessment of synthetic routes, evaluation of continuous processes (flow-chemistry) and discontinuous processes (batch), the development of purification processes for raw materials, intermediates and final product, and the preparation and characterization of reference samples f products and impurities.


The implementation of the program will take place at Hovione's premises, in close collaboration with Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa (FFULisboa).


The scientific supervisors of the program will be Professor Maria Manuel Santos (Institute Supervisor) and Dr. Luísa Carvalho (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 November 2020 on an exclusive basis.



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



The call is open between 14th September 2020 and 23rd October 2020.



Applications must be completed through a motivation letter to, mentioning the Program and this announcement, together with the following documents: Letter of Motivation, 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 October 23rd will be considered.



The selection methods are as follows:

  1. Psychotechnical tests (eliminatory factor) - candidates with negative results will not be considered for points ii, iii, iv and v;
  2. Scientific merit taking into account the curriculum vitae of the candidate, degree / masters grade (minimum 14/20), participation in research projects, suitability of the candidate's profile to the Program theme and candidate experience in the Program theme;
  3. Level of English;
  4. Motivation Letter;
  5. 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 17 of the FCT Research Grants Regulation.



The evaluation panel comprises the Hovione's Scientific Advisors panel, Hovione Innovation Manager and Hovione Business Partner R&D.



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 18 of the FCT Research Grants Regulation.



The scholarship has a value of € 1.064.00, 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.



Only requests made by e-mail to will be considered.

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