Cyclotron & Radionuclide Specialist for Medical Isotopes

Location
Copenhagen, Hovedstaden (DK)
Salary
The allowance is to be agreed with the relevant union.
Posted
May 01, 2020
Closes
Jul 01, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Technican

Applications are invited from enthusiastic and talented individuals for a position within research, development and production of cyclotron produced radionuclides at the Hevesy Laboratory of DTU Health Tech.

Job description
The Hevesy Laboratory is the radiopharmaceutical unit of DTU, combining cutting-edge radiochemical research with clinical production of radiopharmaceuticals. As our new cyclotron scientist, you will bridge the gap between the two, supporting each with cyclotron-produced radionuclides, both conventional and exotic. Within the research section, you will join our efforts to investigate and develop new groundbreaking applications for radionuclides, especially radiometals in a medical setting. You will work together with physicists, synthetic and pharmaceutical chemists, as well as biologists, to investigate the entire path from radionuclide to final radiopharmaceutical. Through our broad national and international network, therapeutic systems are tested in animal models with the ultimate goal of translation to humans. Within this framework, your function will primarily be to conduct production and development of radionuclides on our in-house cyclotron, and to provide advice and expertise to the other scientists on the use of radionuclides. You are be expected to take a major role in developing their production and purification. In addition, as radiometals become relevant in radiopharmaceuticals for clinical use, you will support the supply of these.

Responsibilities
Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Production of radionuclides for clinical radiopharmaceuticals
  • Cyclotron production and radiochemical purification of experimental radionuclides
  • Suggest and develop new and unconventional medical radionuclides
  • Participate in larger research projects, focused on the development of radiopharmaceuticals
  • Function as resident radionuclide and cyclotron expert, interacting with scientists of other backgrounds

Depending on your experience and skillset, you may also contribute to the general strategy of the laboratory and the design of new research projects.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:

  • An academic degree (PhD or MSc) in radiochemistry or nuclear physics
  • Cyclotron and targetry experience
  • Radionuclide analytical methods experience (gamma and X-ray spectroscopy, LSC, etc.)
  • An excellent command of English, both spoken and written


In addition, the following criteria are considered advantageous but not requirements:

  • A track record of scientific publications
  • Hot cell operations and automated systems experience
  • Radiation protection and dosimetry knowledge
  • Experience with radiopharmaceutical labeling procedures, such as chelation
  • General handling, formulation and production of pharmaceuticals, incl. GMPFor the first years, a successful candidate will be working under the direction of Prof. Mikael Jensen at the Hevesy laboratory.

About the Laboratory
The Hevesy Laboratory is the radiochemical and radiopharmaceutical division within the Institute of Health Technology at DTU (Technical University of Denmark). The lab is situated at the Risø campus near Roskilde, Denmark and has about 25 employees. We have a 16.5 MeV cyclotron equipped with a beam line and a prototype 8 MeV proton-only cyclotron. The laboratory has chemistry and biology research laboratories and clean rooms, which feature state-of-the-art equipment for working with radionuclides. In addition, our in-house GMP team produces radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostics and therapy, which are delivered to local hospitals as well as external collaborators.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be under the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance is to be agreed with the relevant union. The position is full-time.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 21 May 2020 (23:59 local time).

Apply online at www.career.dtu.dk.

Please open the link "apply for this job online" and fill in the application form and attach the following documents (all in English, as a combined pdf file):

  • Motivated application/cover letter (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • Degree certificates (if not yet completed, a statement from the university or supervisor(s) may suffice)
  • List of publications, if relevant, including a brief description of how you contributed.
  • Copy of your academic grade transcripts (MSc and BSc degrees), including an official description of how to convert the grades to the European Union (ECTS) or United States (ABC) grading systems


If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Professor Mikael Jensen, kmje@dtu.dk, +45 2625 5890.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, nationality, 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. The department has a scientific staff of about 175 persons, 130 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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