PostDoc Position in Organic Chemistry/Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry

University of Copenhagen


PostDoc Position in Organic Chemistry/Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry

Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology  



We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic researcher for a 1.5-year position to commence July, 1st, 2019 or shortly thereafter. The position is part of a H2020 grant: Click-it, with the aim to develop pretargeted imaging strategies from bench-to-bedside.  


Information on the research group can be found at:  


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Our research  

Main research focus within our group is to develop new radiopharmaceutical entities for diagnosis and treatment. Organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, radiochemistry, pharmacology and nuclear medicine are only a few key interdisciplinary areas that our research strive. As such, it is not surprising that we work in a national and international network with frequent meetings within the EU. Pretargeted imaging and therapy are the main research focus areas that our group is addressing. Pretargeting strategies have for example the potential to accelerate biopharmaceutical drug development, improve clinical diagnosis using mAbs or increase therapeutic efficacy of targeted radionuclide therapy of nanomedicines.  


Your job  

The project connected to this position aims to develop bioorthogonal chemistry for molecular imaging probes and translate them from bench-to-bedside within our consortium. The successful candidate will synthesize tetrazines that can be labelled with fluoride-18 and afterwards be used to image nanomedicines using Positron Emission Tomography (PET). SAR studies will be carried out to identify suitable structures that have appropriate pharmacokinetics to perform organic chemistry in living subjects. Beside these synthetic tasks, the successful candidate will also be involved in radioactive labelling and subsequent evaluation experiments.  


The PostDoc’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:  

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination duties

  • research-based teaching          

  • sharing knowledge with society      

  • daily supervision of Master and PhD students      

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 organic chemistry, radiopharmaceutical chemistry or similar  

  • You are highly experienced in organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry  

  • You have an active interest in drug development and translational chemistry  

  • Proficient communication skills and ability to work in teams  

  • Excellent English skills written and spoken  

Desirable experience and skills:  

  • Experience/knowledge in radiopharmaceutical chemistry is a plus, but not a must  

  • Synthetic experience with biopharmaceutical modifications  

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 for organic chemistry, radiochemistry and evaluation experiments.  


Terms of employment  

The employment as assistant professor is a full time and fixed-term position for 1.5 years. Starting date is July, 1st or after shortly thereafter.  

Salary, pension and terms of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Currently, the monthly salary starts at 33,760 DKK/ approx. 4,520 Euro (1st October 2018-level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.  


Non-Danish 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 “Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities” of June 28, 2013.  



For further information please contact Matthias Herth;;  

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).  


Application procedure  

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:  


1. Motivated letter of application (max. one page)  

2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position  

3. 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  

4. List of publications  

5. Teaching portfolio if applicable  


Application deadline: March 15th, 2019, 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  


The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.  


University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation. Appointment will be based on merit alone.  

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