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

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD). The fellowship emphasizes coursework and hands-on experience focused on the application of population and physiologically-based PK/PD modeling and simulation techniques to guide drug development. Fellows spend their first year in Chapel Hill, NC at the University of North Carolina, and the second year at GSK research facilities in Collegeville, PA.

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 related to population PK/PD 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 (e.g., pediatrics);
  • Perform PK/PD and statistical data analysis using relevant software packages;
  • Prepare a manuscript, seminar and other scholarly vehicles for communication of scientific results.

Requirements: minimum of a PharmD, MD, or PhD 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. Interested applicants can apply through this web site:

GSK Preceptor

Brandon Swift, Ph.D.

To Apply

Visit for instructions on submitting an application.

Application Opens: September 1, 2022

Early Application Deadline: October 31, 2022

Final Application Deadline:  November 21, 2022

Contact for Program Information


Gauri Rao, Pharm.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Director of Fellowship Programs
2320 Kerr Hall, CB# 7569
(919) 966-9363