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Two Postdoctoral Researchers in Radiopharmaceutical Sciences
University of Helsinki

Date Posted Dec. 5, 2018
Title Two Postdoctoral Researchers in Radiopharmaceutical Sciences
University University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland
Department Department of Chemistry
Application Deadline Dec. 20, 2018
Position Start Date January 2019
  • Post-Doc
  • Chemistry - Organic
    Chemistry - Medicinal
    Chemistry - General
    Biomedical Sciences

The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The Department of Chemistry ( at the Faculty of Science carries out research on chemistry and its applications at an international level and provides academic teaching based on high quality research. The department forms accountability unit operating on an annual budget of 19 million euros and reports 200 person-years per annum. There are 15 professors at the Department.

Radiochemistry research is a part of molecular science research programme at the Department of Chemistry. The Tracers in Molecular Imaging (TRIM) research group develops new molecular imaging tools and radiopharmaceuticals for positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for different applications including oncology, image-guided drug delivery, neurology, and radiation therapy. In addition, we offer training at the B.Sc., M.Sc., and doctoral levels in radiopharmaceutical chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for two


for positions starting in January 2019. The positions are filled for full-time and the first position is for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in 18F-radiosynthetic chemistry and is filled for two years (until December 31st, 2020). The second position is for preclinical evaluation of new radiopharmaceuticals and is filled for 21 months (until 30th of September, 2020). Both positions will be filled with a 4-month trial period.

We are looking for enthusiastic, talented and committed postdoctoral researchers for development of new radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic imaging and image-guided drug delivery. Suitable candidates must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field. They should be able to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team. The positions require good skills in written and oral English. For the position in preclinical evaluation good skills in written Finnish are considered as an advantage.

For the position in 18F-radiochemistry the candidate should have expertise in 18F-chemistry, strong background in organic synthetic chemistry and previous research experience in development of new radiolabeling strategies for 18F-labelled radiopharmaceuticals. Previous experience with nanomaterial based imaging agents is considered as an advantage, but is not required.

For the position in preclinical evaluation, the candidate should have previous experience in mammalian cell culture and demonstrated hands-on skills in in vivo experimental techniques in laboratory rodents. Experience in mouse xenograft and allograft models and in working with radioactivity are especially advantageous for the position. Previous experience in cell assays and histology are considered an asset. Furthermore, the candidate should either hold a course certificate for Functions A & D (carrying out
procedures and euthanasia of research animals) from a FELASA accredited curriculum, or demonstrate that they hold similar knowledge from their previous training and are willing to enroll in the training once employed to attain regulatory compliance in Finland.

Salary and benefits
The salary will be in accordance with the University´s salary system (for teaching and research personnel), where level 5 is for a postdoctoral researcher. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be approximately 3300 – 3700 €/month.
The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

For further information
For further inquiries regarding the position, please contact Associate Professor Anu Airaksinen (, 18F-radiochemistry) and Dr. Mirkka Sarparanta (, preclinical evaluation).

For more information on the research group and publications, see both and

How to apply
Applications should include (1) a CV with a list of publications, (2) contact details for two references, (3) a brief description of research experience (1-2 pages) with clear indication is the applicant applying a position in 18F-radiochemistry or preclinical evaluation, (4) a copy of a PhD degree certificate, and for the preclinical position (5) course certificate from an animal experimentation course with the description of the course contents.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System at Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is December 20th, 2018.

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