PhD Scholarship MMAP/BDE/14

Call for Applications for PhD Scholarship at Hovione, Reference: MMAP/BDE/14

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

Ref: MMAP/BDE/14

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 “From molecules to manufacture: analytical portfolio definition for enhanced DPI screening” 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



Life Sciences.



Masters in Chemical Engineering, 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.



The activity of the scholar should focus on the following tasks:
  • Understand what are the key attributes that impact the aerodynamic performance of dry powder inhaler formulations.
  • Implement and develop analytical methodologies that allow investigating particle-particle interactions in the formulation, namely Atomic Force Microscopy, Inverse Gas Chromatography and Thermal Analysis.
  • Evaluate the rheological properties of powders, such as powder flow and aggregation propensity, and understand their impact on the aerodynamic performance and dissolution of the inhalation powders.
  • Complement the investigation of particle-particle interactions with microscopy techniques and laser diffraction to evaluate particle size and morphology.
  • Establish correlations between key attributes of dry powder inhalation formulations and aerodynamic performance, and use the knowledge acquired to optimize the methodologies used in the development of inhalation formulations.


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


The scientific supervisors of the program will be Professor Mário Rodrigues (FCUL) e Luís Sousa (Hovione).



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 2020 on an exclusive basis.



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



The call is open between 6th April 2020 and 8th May 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 8th May 2020 will be considered.



The selection methods are as follows:

  1. 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;
  2. Level of English;
  3. Letter of motivation;
  4. 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 HR.



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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