PhD position in the field of PET imaging in neurodegenerative disorders
Sort on published: 2018-02-19
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.
Research group: The research group of Molecular Geriatrics is located at the Rudbeck Laboratory and is closely linked to the memory clinic at the Uppsala University Hospital. Our research is focused on protein aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases. The research is conducted in collaboration with other research groups internationally and in Sweden, as well as with various pharmaceutical companies.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and the number of patients suffering from the disease will increase with increased life expectancy. Several new drug candidates are presently studied in clinical trials, but new biomarkers are needed to enable improved quantification of their potential effect on disease progression. Ideally, these biomarkers should be based on non-invasive measurements of those proteins that are believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease. The medical imaging technique positron emission tomography (PET) can be utilized to visualize and quantify biological processes in the brain and to study drug effects on brain pathology. The focus of the project is preclinical development of PET-diagnostics based on both established and novel radioligands. Another aim will be to use PET to investigate drug effects and brain pharmacokinetics during neurodegeneration, mainly in Alzheimer’s disease. The project includes both in vitro and in vivo work, as well as analysis of the generated data.
The PhD student will mainly focus on his/her research education. However, other responsibilities such as teaching and administrative tasks may also be included (max 20 %)
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic student for a PhD position. We welcome applications from highly motivated candidates that already have, or who expect to soon have, a Master of Science degree in biomedicine, engineering, natural sciences, pharmacy, medicine or similar. Experience with radiochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacokinetics, in vivo imaging techniques (e.g. PET, SPECT or MR), biochemistry, protein analysis (ELISA, Western blotting, chromatography), histology (including immunohistochemistry) and in vivo models is an advantage. The applicant must also have a good knowledge of written and spoken English.
More information about PhD studies at the medical faculty at Uppsala University can be found at: http://www2.medfarm.uu.se/utbildning/forskarniva/
Application: The application should be written in English and contain a cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests, an updated CV including a list of previous publications (if any), as well as copies of diplomas and certificates of higher academic degrees. Also include information about previous experience of research and why you would like to be enrolled as a PhD student. Please also attach contact details (name, e-mail, phone number) to two referees and/or letters of recommendation.
Selection Process: Selection of candidates is based on qualifications, previous work and/or research experience within the field of medical and pharmaceutical sciences, and personal suitability. The selection is made by the supervisors and the enrollment is approved by the Medicine and Pharmacy disciplinary domain at Uppsala University.
Position: The graduate program covers four years of full-time study. The position can be combined with teaching or other duties at the department (maximum 20%), which prolongs the employment with the corresponding time. The salary will be set according to local agreements. Rules governing PhD candidates are set out
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: As otherwise agreed.
Type of position: 100%, 4 years full-time.
For further information about the position please contact
Associate Professor Stina Syvänen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Associate Professor (email@example.com)
Please submit your application by 18th of March 2018, UFV-PA 2018/661.
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Placement: Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/661
Last application date: 2018-03-18