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This fellowship is sponsored in collaboration with Janssen and is part of the DPET fellowship program.

  • Length: Two years

This postdoctoral fellowship program enables fellows to gain research expertise in drug development, quantitative pharmacology, and translational research while preparing them for careers as clinical pharmacologists, or clinical pharmacokineticists in an industrial, academic, or regulatory setting.

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of a Pharm.D., Ph.D., or M.D. with knowledge of PK/PD analyses. Excellent communication skills and ability to work independently as well as a member of an interdisciplinary team are essential.

Program Description

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Janssen Research and Development, LLC (Johnson & Johnson) offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in mechanism and physiologically-based pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PBPK/PD) modeling in ocular drug disposition. The fellowship emphasizes coursework and hands-on experience focused on the application of mechanism-based, population and physiologically-based PK/PD modeling and simulation techniques to guide ocular drug development. Fellows spend their first year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the second year at Janssen.

At the completion of the Fellowship, the post-doctoral fellow will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of clinical research in drug development;
  • Describe the nature and relevance of clinical data evaluations relative to drug development;
  • Design and implement studies to examine drug absorption, drug disposition, pharmacodynamic endpoints and drug interactions in healthy human volunteers or diseased patient populations;
  • Understand foundational concepts of PK and PD, mechanism-based, population and physiologically-based PK modeling and simulation techniques;
  • Understand important considerations in clinical trial design and the conduct of clinical investigations in specific patient populations;
  • Perform PK/PD and statistical data analysis and PBPK modeling using relevant software packages;
  • Prepare a manuscript, seminar and other scholarly vehicles for communication of scientific results.

UNC Preceptor

Carter Cao, Ph.D.

Janssen Preceptor

Honghui Zhou, Ph.D.
Weirong Wang, Ph.D.

To Apply

Visit for instructions on submitting an application.

Application Opens: October 1, 2023

Early Application Deadline: October 31, 2023

Final Application Deadline:  November 21, 2023

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Contact for Program Information

photo Bob Dupuis

Robert Dupuis, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Professor of Pharmacy and Director of Fellowship Programs
3213 Kerr Hall, CB# 7569
(919) 966-6194