Doctoral Grant Molecular Imaging in neurological disorders

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 17 Jun 2021

The Molecular Imaging Center Antwerp (MICA) of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Antwerp is seeking to fill the following full-time (100 %) vacancy:

Doctoral Grant in the area of Molecular Imaging in neurological disorders

The Molecular Imaging Center Antwerp (MICA) is a dynamic team focussing on multimodal imaging research in various disciplines of medicine. In particular, MICA works on translational research from molecule over small animal to first-in-human. The imaging techniques used are Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Computed Tomography (CT).

Our group also has access to high resolution 7T and 9.4T MRI scanners.

Job description

  • Work in the area of neurosciences, specifically in the use of novel PET radiotracers as biomarkers for the evaluation of disease progression and therapeutic interventions in animal models of Huntington’s disease
  • Optimization of PET imaging analysis pipelines and post-mortem validation of molecular targets for novel PET radioligands
  • Contribute to the reporting and dissemination of the research findings including (inter)national scientific conferences and peer-reviewed publications
  • Prepare a Doctoral thesis in the field of (Bio)Medical Sciences
  • May apply for a personal national research fellowship (FWO)

Profile and requirements

  • Master’s degree in (Bio)Medical/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Neuroscience, Biology, (Biomedical) Engineering or similar
  • Interest in (pre)clinical neuroimaging
  • Balancing bench work and data analysis
  • Work independently and efficiently, you are pragmatic, creative and deadline-resistant
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and you have excellent communicative skills
  • Strong team player with the ability to succeed in a dynamic international environment
  • Experience with animal models and/or neuroimaging is a plus
  • Excellent academic results are a plus

We offer

  • A full-time 4-year PhD position (with evaluations ad interim);
  • A dynamic, multi-disciplinary, and international work environment with a state-of-the-art research infrastructure;
  • A competitive doctoral scholarship fee with bicycle and public transportation allowance.


  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including June 16th , 2021 (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, CV, academic transcripts and two letters of recommendation.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to . For questions about the profile and job description, please contact Dr. Daniele Bertoglio ( , +32 3 265 28 16) or Prof. Dr. Steven Staelens ( – +32 3 265 28 20) ( ).

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’sHR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encouragediversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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