This studentship is within the Karolinska Institutet- National Institutes of Health (NIH; USA) Graduate Training Program in Neuroscience (http://intramural.nimh.nih.gov/ki-nih/) and will be conducted between the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institutet and the Molecular Imaging Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH Bethesda Campus, MD, USA). The student will be registered as a doctoral student at KI in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience with a project leader from each Institute as co-mentors. Funding is provided for four years. The student will spend a minimum of 12 months in the NIMH laboratory.
The positron emission tomography (PET) laboratories at both the Karolinska Institutet and the National Institute of Mental Health are leaders in developing novel PET radiotracers for use in neuropsychiatric research and drug development.
Development of short-lived radiotracers for imaging neurotransmitter receptors in human brain with positron emission tomography
Aim of the project
The aim is to apply chemistry and radiochemistry to the development of two new radiotracers for future PET imaging studies in human subjects. The student should gain valuable skills in organic synthesis, radiolabeling techniques and in PET radiotracer evaluation. These efforts will lead to transfers of ideas, techniques and radiotracers between the two collaborating centers, which have excellent facilities for this research. The project is required to lead to student first-author publications, as a basis of the PhD thesis.
Professor Christer Halldin (KI) and Dr. Victor Pike (NIH)
The position requires applicants to have strong undergraduate training in general and organic chemistry, a pronounced interest in practical organic synthesis, a desire to acquire radiochemical skills, and good communication skills.
To meet the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies, an applicant must have
1. taken a second-cycle qualification
2. completed course requirements for at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
3. otherwise acquired essentially the same knowledge in or outside Sweden.
An applicant who met the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies before 1 July 2007 is regarded as having met the current requirements, though no longer than until the end of June 2015.
A selection will be made among qualified applicants on the basis of the ability to benefit from third-cycle studies. Karolinska Institutet uses the following bases of assessment:
- Documented subject knowledge of relevance to the area of research
- Analytical skill
- Other documented knowledge or experience that may be relevant to third-cycle studies in the subject
The qualifications of the applicants will be evaluated on an overall basis.
NB! Students already registered as doctoral students at KI cannot apply.
A decision concerning the doctoral student position will be made after admission to third-cycle studies. For additional information about third-cycle studies at Karolinska Institutet, see http://www.ki.se/doctoral.
An application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English:
The application is to be submitted on the NetRecruiter system.
|Type of employment||PhD placement|
|Contract type||Full time|
|First day of employment||A.S.A.P.|
|Last application date||31.Mar.2014 11:59 PM CET|