PhD  with focus on Radiochemistry

The Department Cluster for Molecular Imaging runs a core facility for molecular imaging, which is focused on techniques in nuclear medicine (SPECT and PET), radiology (MR and CT) and optical imaging. Our research is done in close collaboration with the Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine & PET at Rigshospitalet. This gives us a unique translational capacity as we are able to test new tracers in animal models prior to clinical use. Currently the main focus of the translational research in tracers for non-invasive tissue characterization is on the use in cancer and cardiovascular disease and new targeted radionuclide therapies for cancer.

A full-time 3-year PhD fellowship (37 hours per week) is open from 1 June, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter. The aim of the fellowship is to further improve a new cancer specific PET tracer developed by us. The work will primarily be radiochemical development and protein chemistry. The applicant should have experience in working with radiochemistry, primarily with the isotopes 18F and 64Cu. Furthermore a strong background in medicinal chemistry and hands-on experience with chelators and automated synthesis panels are preferred.

Project description

The aim of the vacant PhD fellowship is to exploit our extensive knowledge in radiochemistry to develop new PET tracers, primarily proteins and antibodies. For the right candidate Cluster of Molecular Imaging will provide a PhD program with emphasis on radiochemistry and protein chemistry. The project requires a strong interest in radiochemistry and will in addition to the radiochemistry equipment make use of the unique instrument park available at the Cluster for Molecular Imaging, including Biacore and PET/CT. The successful candidate will obtain a PhD degree with a focus on radiochemistry and protein chemistry and will acquire advanced expertise within these fields.

Principal supervisor is Professor Andreas Kjær, email:

Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at Cluster for Molecular Imaging are to

• Manage and carry through your research project
• Take relevant PhD courses (30 ECTS)
• Publish in international peer reviewed journals and write the PhD thesis
• Participate in conferences
• Teach and disseminate research

We are looking for a highly motivated and talented candidate with the following background:

• Master’s degree in medicinal chemistry or equivalent
• Courses in Pharmacology, advanced synthetic chemistry and supramolecular
chemistry or equivalent
• Strong capabilities in medicinal chemistry and radiochemistry
• Experience with radiochemistry, primarily with the isotopes 64Cu and 18F
• Hands-on experience with chelators and synthesis panels are preferred
• Fluent in English and Danish

The main place of work will be the Cluster for Molecular Imaging, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. International travel in relation to conferences, meetings and experimental work will be part of the position.

Terms of employment
Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations (AC).

In order to be taken into consideration for this position you must fill in an online application form. Press “Apply now”.

• Cover letter motivating why the position applied for appeals to and suits the applicant
• Curriculum vitae including a complete publication list and methodological expertise
• Documentation for a completed master’s degree including grades
• Name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of at least two reference

The deadline for applications is 27 April.

Any applications received after this time will not be considered. Applicants failing to submit the online application form will not be considered either. All interested candidates may contact Anne Mette F. Hag, PhD, Research Coordinator at Cluster for Molecular Imaging, for further information on the fellowship before submitting their application.

Contact person

Anne Mette F. Hag


General reference is made to the ministerial order on the employment of scientific staff at Danish universities – at

Please note that all interested parties are encouraged to apply for the post, regardless of age, sex, race, religion or ethnicity. The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Copenhagen comprises 12 institutes and 10 study committees. The Faculty employs ca. 2.000 people, including 1.000 teachers and scientists and 1.000 technical / administrative employees. The Faculty has ca. 4,500 students, including ca. 750 Ph.D. students.