PhD scholarship in Radiopharmaceutical Drug Delivery

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Grønland & Færøerne

Frist 31. december 2019

Applications are invited from enthusiastic and talented individuals for a PhD scholarship in radiopharmaceutical chemistry and drug delivery at the Department of Health Technology at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The intended starting date is 1 March 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description
As a PhD candidate, you will enter the research program of the Hevesy Laboratory at DTU Health Technology, where you will join our efforts to develop innovative drug delivery systems for treating cancer with radionuclides. We design, radiolabel and synthesize radioactive drug delivery systems from scratch, using organic and inorganic chemistry, radiochemistry and nanotechnology.

Within this field, your work will focus on developing nanoparticle formulations of the highly potent, radioactive compound [125I]I-UdR, aiming to use these formulations to treat aggressive brain cancer. [125I]I-UdR is used for Auger radiotherapy, since it can insert into the DNA of cancer cells and kill them by emitting a burst of extremely short-ranged electrons. We already know that [125I]I-UdR works extremely well on the cellular level and in rats but in order to use it against brain cancer in humans, we need new nanoparticle based systems that can efficiently distribute and release the compound within the brain. You will work to develop these clinically useful nanoparticle formulations, including new chemical methods for loading and releasing [125I]I-UdR.

The developed drug delivery systems will be prepared at the Hevesy Laboratory, DTU Health Tech (Risø Campus, Denmark) as well as the CBIO group, DTU Health Tech (Lyngby Campus, Denmark). Together, we have all the necessary, state-of-the-art equipment for preparing and synthetically modifying radioactive nanoparticles. Biological testing in cells, rats and pigs will be done through our close collaborators at Odense University Hospital (Odense, Denmark), who have long-standing experience with animal testing of [125I]I-UdR. The project will involve significant travelling, including international conference attendance and at least one extended stay abroad (minimum 3 months).

You will work as part of a small team, including experienced experts in all relevant fields, dedicated to achieving this goal. The project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

About us
The Hevesy Laboratory is a radiochemical and radiopharmaceutical division within DTU Health Tech, with about 25 employees. The laboratory has a 16.5 MeV cyclotron equipped with a beam line for in-house production of radioisotopes for use in radioactive pharmaceuticals. The laboratory has chemistry and biology research laboratories and clean rooms, which feature state-of-the-art equipment for working with radioisotopes.

At present, the research group at the Hevesy laboratory consists of an international and dynamic team, focusing on the development of new radioactive pharmaceuticals for diagnostics and therapy. Our research is heavily interdisciplinary and features multiple collaboration partners both locally and internationally. In addition, our in-house GMP team produces radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostics and therapy, which are delivered to local hospitals as well as external collaborators. All professional communication in the research group is done in English.

Your qualifications
You must have (or be about to obtain) a master's degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, pharmacy, or similar. Further, you must:

  • Have a solid foundation in organic synthesis
  • Have an excellent command of English, both spoken and written
  • Have an excellent educational track record
  • Be driven, enthusiastic and highly ambitious

It will also be considered advantageous, but not requirements, that you:

  • Have experience with nanomedicine
  • Have experience with radiochemistry
  • Have experience with drug delivery to the brain and in general

In the group we value a collaborative spirit, a positive mindset and a relaxed atmosphere.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The primary place of work is the Hevesy Laboratory at DTU Health Technology, Risø Campus in Roskilde.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Do not hesitate to contact Senior Scientist Andreas I. Jensen by e-mail or phone for questions and further details,, +45 2012 6187.

Please submit your online application no later than 31 December 2019 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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