PhD Fellowship Position in Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands


Designation/Position- PhD fellowship

Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands invites application for 
PhD fellowship position from eligible and interested candidates 

About- The department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine is, amongst others, specialized in conducting research using nuclear imaging techniques, more specifically Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Our aim is to use PET for diagnosis of disease, treatment monitoring and patient selection. Tracer Center Amsterdam develops the new PET tracers needed in the clinic for neurological diseases as well as oncology, rheumatology and cardiology. The research of TCA focusses on radiochemistry methodology development, selection of biological targets and development of new PET tracers for these targets, preclinical in vivo evaluation of new PET tracers as well as good manufacturing practice (GMP)-compliant synthesis of PET tracers.

Research/Job Area- Bbiology, pharmacology, chemistry or equivalent

Location- Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands


Research group is looking for a dedicated and skilled individual with excellent analytical skills, good command of written and spoken English and should be able to work in a team as well as independently. You also have the following qualifications:

  • Obtained a MSc degree in biology, pharmacology, chemistry or equivalent;
  • Experience in radiochemistry (89Zr) with biologicals is prefered.
  • Experience with in vitro methodology

Eligibility criteria

  • The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment – unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention .
  • The researcher must be Early Stage Researcher (ESR): at time of recruitment he/she must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research careers and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.

Job/Position Description- 

Together with 5 other Early Stage Researchers (to be recruited by University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Uppsala University (UU), Johannes Gutenberg – University (JGU) and BioArctic (BA)) you will contribute to the implementation of PET-AlphaSy’s Work package 1 which focuses on positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of α-synuclein with biologicals like monoclonal antibodies.

Within WP1 you will develop dual-labeling techniques of biologicals targeting α-synuclein. The biologicals will come from the pharmaceutical partners within the consortium. After in vitro evaluation, you will evaluate the new PET tracers in vivo together with one of the other PhD fellows hired for this project..

Mobility within the PET-AlphaSy European Training Network is of high importance and you are therefore expected to spend 3 months at Uppsala University and 3 months at H. Lundbeck A/S.

The candidates will be enrolled at the ONWAR (Graduate School Neurosciences Amsterdam Rotterdam, at the VUmc. The graduate program requires the student to obtain 30 ECTS points during the PhD trajectory in order to graduate.

This is one of three PhD fellowships that is available at the Tracer Center Amsterdam, Department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine of VUmc, The Netherlands, with an anticipated start on February 1st 2019.
The stipend is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813528, the project is called ‘PET-AlphaSy’.

Salary Scale PHD: 2336 tot 2992 euro gross when employed full-time (depending on qualifications and experience).

In addition we give a bonus of 8,3% of the year’s salary at the end of the year and 8% of the year’s salary as holiday bonus. VUmc employees can profit from a advantageous health care insurance and other benefits. For more information see our website.

According to the rules of the EU, PhD fellows working in a ITN program might have additional salary bonus as living and family allowance. These are to be established based on the personal situation of the candidate.

How to Apply- Applications should be emailed in Word or PDF format to:Dr. Menny Kirma, Secretary, Sciences DivisionIsrael Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Additional information and inquiries: tel. 02-567-6220For Contact- 

Last Date for Apply– 23 December 2018

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