Postdoc in Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic postdoc for a 18-months position commencing 1 April 2024 or as soon as possible hereafter. The successful candidate will develop new pretargeted imaging aiming to quantify the target binding of monoclonal antibodies.
The Herth group´s research focusses on the development of radiopharmaceutical drugs investigating brain function. In particular, PET radiopharmaceuticals targeting the serotonergic system have been developed over the years. The group consist currently of 10 members (4 PostDocs, 3 PhDs, and 3 Master students).
Pretargeted imaging and therapy has the potential to revolutionize current clinical routine. Outstanding target-to-background ratios can be reached using this approach. However, preclinical strategies beyond the blood-brain barrier are in its infancy. Brain uptake of the pretargeting vectors is limited and no stable probes exist that allow for precise quantification of the target. Within this project, the successful candidate will develop new methods to increase the brain uptake of the pretargeting vector, synthesize and radiolabel new agents and evaluation their success in vivo. The candidate will be responsible to plan, execute and manage the project with respect to probe production and their evaluation via molecular imaging.
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following competencies and experience:
Essential experience and skills:
- You have a PhD in radiopharmaceutical chemistry/biology or in a related field
- You are highly experienced in molecular imaging
- You have been working with bioorthogonal chemistry
- Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams
- Excellent English skills written and spoken
Desirable experience and skills:
- Experience in PET tracer evaluation
- Knowledge about molecular imaging
Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and imaging facilities.
Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.
The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 18 months. The starting date is 1 April 2024 or as soon as possible hereafter.
Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Taxation and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation. Currently, the monthly salary starts at 36,400 DKK/approx. 4,870 EUR (October 2023 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.
Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions, if they hold a PhD degree and have not lived in Denmark the last 10 years.
The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2020.
Foreign applicants may find this link useful: www.ism.ku.dk (International Staff Mobility).
Your online application must be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:
- Motivated letter of application (max. one page).
- CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position.
- A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do.
- List of publications.
Deadline for applications: Thursday 31 January 2024, 23.59pm CET
We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.
The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.
You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.
The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.
Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.