University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Ph.D. Position in Radiochemistry

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Odense M, Denmark

The Department of Nuclear Medicine at Odense University Hospital, the University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a PhD scholarship within the field of bioinorganic chemistry/radiochemistry for a collaborative project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The position is available from 1st of August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Application deadline: 1st of June 2020.

The project concerns the development of new cancer theranostics for radionuclide therapy and PET/SPECT imaging using Auger electron and gamma-emitting Sb and Co isotope pairs. The project will focus on evaluation and characterization of new biocompatible chelating ligands complexing radioactive Sb and Co isotopes. The complexes will be conjugated with moieties to allow for selectively targeting the DNA in cancer cells. The developed radioligands will be characterized in vitro including evaluation of their radiotherapeutic effects in cancer cells.

The project is part of a national/international collaboration with the groups of Prof. Christine McKenzie at the University of Southern Denmark and Dr Andrew Kellett of Dublin City University.

Qualifications of the applicant:

  • Recent MSc degree – or similar – in chemistry/physics.
  • Full proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Experience with handling radioisotopes, radioanalytical procedures as well as experience with cellular assays and in vitro work will be considered an advantage.

For further information please contact Assoc. Prof. Helge Thisgaard at Odense University Hospital (

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD programs at the Universities.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following
  • A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box “Application form”)
  • Detailed CV, including personal contact information and publication list
  • A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
  • Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
  • At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

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Deadline 2020-June-01

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