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University of Zurich - Multiple PhD in Medicinal Radiochemistry and Imaging Science

Department of Chemistry

Multiple PhD positions in Medicinal Radiochemistry and Imaging Science

The University of Zürich (UZH) is seeking applications from candidates for a PhD in Medicinal Radiochemistry and Imaging Science in the group of Prof. Dr. Jason P. Holland in the Department of Chemistry. www.hollandlab.org.

Project Background

Our research lies at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry, and translational molecular medicine. We design, synthesise, and test the properties of new drugs and imaging agents that have potential applications in diagnosis and therapy of cancers. These PhD studentships will focus on the development of light-induced reactions to make discrete, regio-specific protein-conjugates with controlled stoichiometry. The research is funded by the European Research Council and the UZH.

Responsibilities and Conditions

Several PhD studentships are available with starting dates throughout 2022/23. Successful candidates will conduct chemical synthesis, radiochemistry (with 68Ga, 89Zr, 64Cu, 18F, 99mTc, 111In, 177Lu, etc), spectroscopy, computational work, and biological studies in vitro and in vivo to develop new cancer specific probes. The work involves handling human cells, radioactive materials, and animals.

Duration of the PhD position: maximum 4 years, subject to successful evaluation at periodic meetings

Starting dates: Spring 2022 onwards

Deadline for applications: Continuous throughout 2022 until all positions are filled

Academic stipends are commensurate with normal UZH and Swiss National Science Foundation regulations.

Qualifications and Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must hold, or expect to complete, a Master’s (MChem, MSc or equivalent) degree in chemistry prior to matriculation at UZH. Successful candidates must be ambitious, creative, and highly motivated, with an excellent background in synthetic organic/inorganic chemistry. Candidates must have an outstanding academic record as evidenced by:

  • First class undergraduate/Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (or equivalent qualifications) in chemistry
  • Experience in synthetic chemistry (master’s thesis)
  • Academic awards at university level
  • Excellent English language skills (written and oral). German is also advantageous.


Selection will be based solely on academic excellence and research potential. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed either in person or via video conference call. Applications should be provided as a single PDF file and must include a cover letter with a brief statement of motivation including past research experience/achievements (max. 2 pages), full CV (résumé), and the names and contact details of two referees. Please apply directly online at www.jobs.uzh.ch. Further details are available from Prof. Jason P. Holland, University of Zurich, Department of Chemistry (jason.holland@chem.uzh.ch).


Research Assistant Opportunity






Job Description: Report on a fair price on embedded carbon in plastics


  • Co-research and co-write sections of a report on the issues and opportunities of the plastics economy focusing on reducing the harms caused by fossil-plastic, and increasing alternatives. The report is for a corporate client and will be publicly available.
  • Applied research will include focus on the chemistry or economics of fossil plastic vs sustainable plastics economy
  • Work to be completed by June 2022
  • Approximately 15-20 days of work at competitive consultancy rates of £200/day


Seeking 3 x Research Assistants. In particular, we are looking for Masters or DPhil students who have previous experiences with one of the following:

  • Carbon pricing / taxes
  • R&D / Innovation
  • Chemistry of bio-derived and biodegradable polymers

Please contact Katherine Collett (katherine.collett@eng.ox.ac.uk) with a cover letter and CV/overview of experience if you are interested in one of these roles.

Deadline: 5pm Friday 26th November


Two Oxford Materials DPhil opportunities

Two Oxford Materials DPhil opportunities

The two DPhil Studentships available are for projects on new perovskite solar cell materials using state-of-the-art computational techniques in the group of Professor Saiful Islam.  Please click on the button below to find out more, and to feel free to contact Professor Islam if you would like to discuss the opportunities.  

Atomistic Computer Modelling of new solar cell Materials: two DPhil studentships - LINK



National University of Singapore -Master of Science in Chemical Sciences