Postdoctoral Position in Radiochemistry / pre-clinical Cardiac PET/MR Imaging

University of Zurich Department of Nuclear Medicine


Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Zurich and Center for Molecular Cardiology, University of Zurich

Postdoctoral Position in Radiochemistry/pre-clinical Cardiac PET/MR Imaging
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A joint postdoctoral position will be available from January 1, 2020 at the Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Zurich and the Center for Molecular Cardiology of the University of Zurich in the field of cardiovascular gender medicine to complement our multidisciplinary research team.


The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital Zurich pursues a wide range of activities in the field of research, teaching, and services regarding imaging and functional examinations of patients with radiotracers and has a strong research program in the field of cardiac imaging (PET, SPECT, CCTA and CMR). The Center for Molecular Cardiology of the University of Zurich is specialized in translational research in the field of cardiovascular biology, is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and machineries, and is situated in the new Bio-Technopark Schlieren (Zurich).

Your responsibilities

Research in this group focuses on experimental, translational and clinical projects in the field of cardiovascular gender medicine. Our current projects aim to delineate sex-specific aspects of myocardial remodeling with age and comprise in vivo CMR and PET imaging using novel PET tracers as well as in vitro work in cardiomyocytes and translational studies.

Responsibilities for this position includes but are not limited to:
The appointed post doc should have a strong background in radiochemistry and/or molecular biology and will conduct experimental research on all aspects of preclinical cardiac PET/MR imaging.
Specific areas include:
  • Synthesis and quality monitoring of radiopharmaceutical tracers for PET imaging in research
  • In vivo PET and CMR image acquisition, reconstruction, and data analysis
  • Animal work and microsurgical techniques as well as isolation, processing, and analysis of biological specimens
  • Supervision of students, teaching, data presentation, as well as manuscript and grant proposal writing

Your profile

Candidates must hold a Master's (MSc or equivalent) degree and a PhD (or equivalent) in radiochemistry or biology. Successful candidates will be ambitious, creative, and highly motivated, with an outstanding record of academic achievements.

Essential requirements are:
An excellent record of productivity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and academic awards. Furthermore, ideal candidates will have extensive knowledge and experience in cardiovascular research and cardiac imaging. Prior experience with radiochemistry and animal experimentation is an advantage. Excellent English language skills (written and oral) are mandatory. German language skills are an advantage.

The position is available for one year with the possibility to be prolonged depending on the progress made.

What we offer

The successful applicant will become part of a research program aimed at developing personalized therapies in cardiovascular disease. The Department of Nuclear Medicine and the Center for Molecular Cardiology are both highly dynamic and international institutes offering latest technologies and equipment as well as a collaborative and highly motivated team. Duration of the employment: 1 year with possible extension depending on availability of funds.

Place of work

University Hospital Zurich, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Rämistrasse 100, CH-8091 Zurich
University of Zurich, Center for Molecular Cardiology, Wagistrasse 12, CH-8952 Schlieren

Start of employment

January 1, 2020

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), relevant certificates, and the names and contact details of two referees to
Prof. Dr. Dr. Cathérine Gebhard and Dr. Susan Bengs, Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Zurich, Rämistrasse 100, CH-8091 Zurich.

Further information

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