Postdoctoral Researcher in Development of Radioligands for Imaging Tumour-Associated Proteases

University of Antwerp Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Department: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Regime Full-time

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The Center for Radiopharmaceuticals Antwerp (CREANT), part of Molecular Imaging and Radiology (MIRA) of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, is looking for a full-time (100%) Postdoctoral researcher in the field of development of radioligands for imaging tumour-associated proteases.


  • You will be working in both the Radiopharmacy (CREANT) and Medicinal Chemistry (UAMC) research groups on lead optimization and radiolabelling of activity-based probes for specific tumor-associated proteases.
  • Background research topic: the Radiopharmacy group has longstanding expertise in developing radiolabelled small molecule ligands (activity-based probes) for proteases that are involved in human disease and using them in molecular imaging (PET, SPECT) and/or radiotherapeutic applications. In this project you will develop ligands for proline selective proteases that have key roles in tumor biology. Developed ligands will be evaluated for target affinity and selectivity in collaboration with the Medical Biochemistry group at University of Antwerp. Promising molecules will be radiolabelled, and the best PET probes will be evaluated in animal models of cancer.
  • Research topic for this postdoc position: 1) synthetic lead optimization of activity-based probes for tumour-associated proteases; 2) optimization of radiolabelling procedures for PET-probes; and 3) preclinical evaluation of radiolabelled PET ligands.
  • You will write scientific reports for your supervisor on a regular basis, write scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of research support tasks for the research group.


  • You hold a doctoral degree (PhD) in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Engineering Sciences with experience in synthetic organic chemistry and/or medicinal chemistry.
  • Expertise in lead optimization process is an asset.
  • Experience in radiochemistry in considered a plus.
  • You have excellent writing and communication skills; excellent command of written and spoken English is mandatory.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

What we offer

  • We offer a full-time appointment as a postdoctoral researcher for a period of one year.
  • The planned start date is October 1, 2022 (or as soon as possible after that date).
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for a principal research fellow for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • You will do your work in the Laboratories of Radiopharmacy and Medicinal Chemistry at campus Drie Eiken of the University of Antwerp in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
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How to apply

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including August 15, 2022 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications and a pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.

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