PhD-student molecular imaging

PhD-student:  Molecular Imaging in cancer drug development and treatment optimization

Working environment

The PhD candidate will be working on the development and implementation of molecular imaging strategies to investigate how imaging could aid in cancer drug development and treatment optimization. The Departments of Medical Oncology, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology, and  Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging are frontrunners in immunoPET: molecular imaging using radioisotope-labeled  monoclonal antibodies or antibody (like) constructs.

The PhD candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment, depending on background knowledge but preferably in the laboratory (nuclear medicine and medical oncology), pharmacy ánd clinic. There is also intensive collaboration with Pharma Industry. We have an enthusiastic and close team of PhDs, post-docs and technicians, where teamwork is key.

Job description

This PhD student position offers an exciting and innovative research project that aims to accelerate cancer drug development and optimize treatment by implementation of molecular imaging. The PhD candidate will work with novel (bispecific) antibody constructs, will develop and preclinically evaluate new imaging agents in preclinical models, will translate the findings to the clinic and will preferably collaborate in a clinical study.

This research project will end with a PhD thesis defense at the University of Groningen.

Key Responsibilities:

•            Development of radiopharmaceuticals

•            In vitro testing / in vivo evaluation

•            Technology translation from R&D to GMP setting

 •           Clinical study support

•            Management, presentation and publication of research data

What do we need:

  • MSc in one of  the fields of pharmacy, medicine, biology, immunology, biochemistry, or biotechnology
  • You are in the first four years of your research career and do not have a doctoral degree
  • Collaboration skills, demonstrating agility and initiative. Ability to communicate fluently and effectively in English
  • Knowledge on animal studies (art 9) and radiation safety (5b certificate) is an advantage, but these courses can also be followed during the research project

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position. Your salary will be a minimum of €2.495,- gross per month in the first year and a maximum of €3.196,- (scale PhD) in the last year, based on a full-time appointment. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).

What do we offer

A PhD student position for 4 years at the Dept. of Medical Oncology and the Dept. of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

For more information:

Prof. Dr. Marjolijn Lub-de Hooge, hospital pharmacist, department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Tel: +31 50 3614071

Intended start date: Q1 2021 

Applying for a job:

Please send your CV and motivation letter to

Posted on: 12-01-2021