Postdoctoral Researcher in Drug Regulatory Science

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology, Utrecht University is seeking a Postdoctoral researcher in Drug Regulatory Science.

The regulatory system for medicines is intended to protect public health by ensuring that only medicines of sufficient quality, safety, and efficacy enter the market. At the same time the system facilitates patient access to needed therapies without unnecessary delay.

It strives to achieve these goals via a large set of individual regulatory tools. For policy-making in general, and especially in the health care sector, regulatory decisions need to be fully transparent, rest on relevant reasoning, and be adaptable in light of new evidence. Therefore, the efficiency of the elements in the regulatory toolbox, as well as any unintended effects of the tools, need to be determined.

They offer an exciting post-doctoral position in our international cross-disciplinary research environment at the Utrecht Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation. Candidates will contribute to a number of externally funded projects and take the lead in setting up, carrying out and reporting of individual regulatory science studies. Supervising MSc students or PhD candidates may also be part of this.


Topics to work on may include:

  • Identifying barriers and facilitators for authorisation of nuleic acid therapies.
  • Regulatory challenges of decentralised manufacturing of lipid nanoparticle therapies or 3D printed medicines.
  • Development and implementation of an infrastructure for real-time analytics of medicine regulatory processes.
  • Development of complex science methods to study the dynamic interaction between technological innovations and regulatory changes.
  • Assessment of the regulatory acceptance of and regulatory readiness for novel platform techniques (e.g. organoids, AI) applied in oncology drug development. 
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Duration: 02 years with the possibility to extend to a total maximum of 4 years.


The position offer:

  • a full-time gross salary, depending on previous qualifications and experience, ranging between €2,960 and €4,670 per month;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities;
  • The necessary support on all aspects of the project.

Job Requirements

Utrecht is looking for a colleague who meets the following criteria:

  • a PhD in pharmaceutical or (bio)medical sciences, innovation studies, public health, or other relevant field;
  • scientific creativity and productivity, as evident in recent publications in (international) peer-reviewed journals;
  • strong analytical skills and practical experience with data analyses, qualitative (e.g. NVivo) or quantitative (e.g. R, SAS, or SPSS) as well as the ability and enthusiasm to learn complementary methods within Drug Regulatory Science;
  • good communication skills in English, both oral and written;
  • the ability to work independently and be self-reflective.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A copy of their PhD certificate, or a letter from their university stating when their defense will take place;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references

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Deadline: May 28, 2023.

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