Post Doctoral Position in Synthetic Chemistry

University of Zurich


Department of Chemistry

Post-doctoral position (synthetic chemistry) developing bioconjugation methods and radiotracers for imaging cancer
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Our research lies at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry and translational molecular medicine. Molecular imaging goals focus on advancing positron-emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) probes to image oncogenic signalling pathways in cancer. Research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

Your responsibilities

The appointed post-doc should have a background in synthetic chemistry and will conduct experimental research on all aspects of radiotracer development. Specific areas include: organic and inorganic synthesis, radiochemistry, nanoparticle chemistry, bioconjugation chemistry, cellular-based assays and PET imaging in vivo using animal models of human cancer.

Your profile

Candidates must hold a Master's (MSc or equivalent) degree and a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry. Successful candidates will be ambitious, creative, and highly motivated, with an outstanding record of academic achievement. Essential requirements are:

  • First class Bachelor's and Master's degrees (or equivalent qualifications) in chemistry

  • PhD in synthetic chemistry

  • Excellent English language skills (written and oral)

  • An excellent record of productivity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and academic awards

Ideal candidates will have extensive knowledge and experience in organic synthesis. Prior experience with photochemistry, nanoparticle chemistry and/or radiochemistry is an advantage. Knowledge of German language is advantageous but is not essential.

What we offer

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.

Diversity and inclusion are important to us.

Duration of the employment: 1 year with possible extension depending on availability of funds.

Place of work

Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich

Start of employment

Employment starting date: January 2020 onwards

Selection will be based solely on academic excellence and research potential. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed first by video conference call. Please send applications as a single PDF file including a cover letter (max. 1 page), CV (résumé), a brief statement of motivation including past research experience/achievements (max. 2 pages), and the names and contact details of two referees.

Further information

Prof. Dr. Jason P. Holland

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