International PhD position: Medicinal Radiochemistry & Imaging Science

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  • Type d'offre : CDD
  • Ville : Zurich (Suisse) & Caen (France)
  • Statut : Recrutement en cours
Date d'arrivée à l'ITMO : Jeudi 19 Mai 2022


Open international PhD position in Medicinal Radiochemistry and Imaging Science


Both the University of Caen-Normandy (UCN, France) and the University of Zürich (UZH, Switzerland) are seeking applications from candidates for an international PhD in Medicinal Radiochemistry and Imaging Science in the groups of Dr. Cécile Perrio ( and of Prof. Dr. Jason P. Holland ( in the frame work of the XL-Chem program.


Project Background

Our research lies at the interface of chemistry, radiochemistry, biochemistry, and translational molecular medicine. We design, synthesize, and test the properties of new drugs and imaging agents for applications in the diagnosis and therapy of cancers. PhD students will focus on the development of new reactions to make discrete, regio-specific protein-conjugates with controlled stoichiometry. The research project is funded by the Region Normandy. Our group research is also supported by the European Research Council and the UZH.


Responsibilities and Conditions

The candidate will conduct chemical synthesis, radiochemistry (mainly with 18F, 68Ga, 89Zr, 64Cu) and biological studies in vitro and in vivo by imaging to validate new radiolabelling approaches and to optimize probes based on specific peptides and antibodies. The PhD student will share their time between the two laboratories in France and Switzerland for the realization of the collaborative program.

Duration of the PhD position: 3 years, subject to successful evaluation at periodic meetings.

Starting dates: October 2022

Deadline for applications: June 2022

Stipends are commensurate with normal UCN, UZH and Swiss National Science Foundation regulations.


Qualifications and Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must hold, or expect to complete, a Master’s (M2, MChem, MSc or equivalent such as diploma from Engineering School) degree in chemistry. Successful candidates will have an excellent background in synthetic organic or inorganic chemistry and must be ambitious, creative, and fiercely independent.

Candidates must have an outstanding academic record as evidenced by:

First class undergraduate/Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (or equivalent qualifications) in chemistry

Master’s level experience in synthetic chemistry

Academic awards at university level

Excellent English language skills (written and oral). German is also advantageous.



Selection will be based solely on academic excellence and research potential. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed either in person or via video conference call. Applications should be provided as PDF file and must include a cover letter with a brief statement of motivation including past research experience/achievements (max. 2 pages), full CV (résumé), and the names and contact details of two referees. Documents have to be sent to Dr. Cécile Perrio ( and to Prof. Jason P. Holland (



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