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PhD fellowship | small molecules for PET at the Tracer Center Amsterdam

Will you develop the new small molecule tracers to detect protein aggregates in Parkinson disease?Your challengeTogether with 4 other Early Stage Researchers …

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 uur
€ 2336 - € 2992 per maand


Will you develop the new small molecule tracers to detect protein aggregates in Parkinson disease?

Your challenge
Together with 4 other Early Stage Researchers (to be recruited by University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Eberhard Karl’s Universität Tübingen (EKUT), and Elysia Raytest (Elysia)), you will contribute to the implementation of PET-AlphaSy’s Work package 2 which focuses on PET imaging of α-synuclein with small molecules.
Within WP2 you will develop new small molecule PET tracers labeled with carbon-11 or fluorine-18 for imaging α-synuclein. Selectivity especially for Tau and Aβ will be investigated. After in vitro validation, you will evaluate the new PET tracers in vivo vivo together with one of the other PhD fellows hired for this project.

Mobility within the PET-AlphaSy European Training Network is of high importance and you are therefore expected to spend 3 months at University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and 3 months at H. Lundbeck A/S.

The candidates will be enrolled at the ONWAR (Graduate School Neurosciences Amsterdam Rotterdam, www.onwar.nl) at the VUmc. The graduate program requires the student to obtain 30 ECTS points during the PhD trajectory in order to graduate.


We are looking for a dedicated and skilled individual with excellent analytical skills, good command of written and spoken English and should be able to work in a team as well as independently. You also have the following qualifications:

  • Obtained a MSc degree in medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry or equivalent;
  • Experience in radiochemistry (11C and/or 18F) is prefered.

Eligibility criteria

  • The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment – unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention .
  • The researcher must be Early Stage Researcher (ESR): at time of recruitment he/she must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research careers and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.


Salary Scale PHD: 2336 tot 2992 euro gross when employed full-time (depending on qualifications and experience).

In addition we give a bonus of 8,3% of the year’s salary at the end of the year and 8% of the year’s salary as holiday bonus. VUmc employees can profit from a advantageous health care insurance and other benefits. For more information see our website.

According to the rules of the EU, PhD fellows working in a ITN program might have additional salary bonus as living and family allowance. These are to be established based on the personal situation of the candidate.

For Dutch citizens it is mandatory to provide a VOG (a declaration of good behaviour).

Additional information

Additional information
The application must include a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of peer reviewed publications, as well as possible letters of recommendation and diplomas.

Don’t hesitate to call us!
If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Prof. dr. A.D. Windhorst at +31204449707 or alternatively dr D.J. Vugts, via telephone number +31 20 444 5699.

If you need more information about the application procedure, contact Brend de Jong, corporate recruiter at 020-444 5635.

You can apply till 23 December 2018 by using the apply button.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.