Doctoral Student Position in PET Radiochemistry



Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap, CPF/PET
The Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) conducts research and education in the field of neuroscience from the molecular level to the society level. The clinical research and education is conducted in collaboration with other research groups from the Karolinska Institutet, with other universities as well as the Stockholm County Council.

Division
This research project will be conducted under the KI-NIH Graduate Training Partnership in Neuroscience and will be a collaboration between the Center for Psychiatry Research in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institutet with the Molecular Imaging Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health on the Bethesda campus of the National Institutes of Health (USA). The student will spend a minimum of 12 months of the project period at the NIH laboratory. The student will be registered at KI in the department of the respective project leader. The collaborator at NIH will be assigned as co-supervisor. Funding is provided for four years.

The positron emission tomography (PET) laboratories at both the Karolinska Institutet and the National Institute of Mental Health are leaders in developing novel PET radiotracers for use in neuropsychiatric research and drug development.

Duties
The aim of this studentship is to develop new short-lived PET radiotracers for studies of brain neuroreceptors in human subjects. The student should gain valuable skills in organic synthesis, radiolabeling techniques and in PET radiotracer evaluation, and also a valuable international perspective on this area of research in multidisciplinary biomedical research settings. Additionally, this studentship is expected to foster the transfer of ideas, techniques and radiotracers between the two centers. The project is designed to lead to student first-author publications, as a basis for the PhD thesis.

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Entry requirements
To meet the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies, an applicant must have

  1. taken a second-cycle qualification
  2. completed course requirements for at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 secondcycle higher education credits, or
  3. otherwise acquired essentially the same knowledge in or outside Sweden.

An applicant who met the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies before 1 July 2007 is regarded as having met the current requirements, though no longer than until the end of June 2015.

A selection will be made among qualified applicants on the basis of the ability to benefit from third-cycle studies. Karolinska Institutet uses the following bases of assessment:

  • Documented subject knowledge of relevance to the area of research
  • Analytical skill
  • Other documented knowledge or experience that may be relevant to third-cycle studies in the subject

The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis.

Application process
The application is to be submitted on the NetRecruiter system containing the following in English:

  • A personal letter and curriculum vitae
  • A copy of a degree certificate and associated certificates
  • A copy of a degree project and any previous publications

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

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