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PhD positions in Nuclear Chemistry

Advertising institute: INM-5 - Nuclear Chemistry
Reference number: 2017-217

The Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich investigates the structure and function of the normal brain as well as neurological or psychiatric disorders. Primarily, the INM conducts translational research with the aim of developing novel procedures for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
The INM-5 (Nuclear Chemistry) focuses on the development and production of new radiolabeled substances, which are used as radiopharmaceuticals in imaging methods of positron emission tomography (PET) in humans for medical diagnostic purposes. The positron emitters Carbon-11 and Fluor-18 are in the focus of the developmental work due to their favorable decay properties.

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PhD positions in Nuclear Chemistry

Your Job:

The objective of this advertised project is the development of novel 11C- and 18F-labeled ligands for the visualization of neuronal receptor systems. This includes:

  • Design and synthesis of radiotracers for PET diagnostics
  • Development of labeling strategies
  • Synthesis of suitable precursor compounds for radiolabeling
  • Automation of synthesis processes
  • Analytical studies to characterize the metabolism of radiotracer
  • Biological evaluation of novel radiotracers

Your Profile:

  • University degree in Chemistry
  • A strong background in organic synthesis
  • Previous knowledge in the field of radiolabeling with fluorine-18 or carbon-11 would be advantageous, but is not essential
  • Good skills in spoken and written English
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to show initiative and work independently
  • Excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team

Our Offer:

  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure with its own cyclotron
  • Optimal conditions for a successful and timely Promotion
  • Participation in national and international meetings
  • A comprehensive further training programme
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited Position for 3 years
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant's qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 13 (50%) TVöD-Bund


Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particulary welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 15.12.2017, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Contact Human Resource Development and Recruiting
Kristin Lux
Tel.:+49 2461 61 9700


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