PhD Position Radiochemistry (TUD00273)

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PhD Position Radiochemistry

Department/faculty: Faculty Applied Sciences
Level: University Graduate
Working hours: 38-40 hours weekly
Contract: 4 years
Salary: 2395 - 3061 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Applied Sciences

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

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Job description

Medical radioisotopes are of paramount importance in diagnosing and treating various diseases. For this reason, a continuous, reliable and sufficient supply of such radioisotopes is required. Currently, the purification of radioisotopes consists of long, multistep processes that contribute to a significant loss of product by natural decay. Our innovative approach is to develop a microfluidic chip, based on liquid-liquid extraction, that significantly speeds up the purification step. This project is part of a larger project encompassing theoretical and numerical study to optimize isotope purification on microfluidic chips and experimental investigation to novel surface modifications and fabrication of chips. This particular project focuses on: Experimental study to develop chemical purification methods for medical radioisotopes in microfluidic chips and integrate the developed setup in a cyclotron or a nuclear research reactor. The PhD will develop new separation methods to separate radionuclides using microfluidic chips which can be applied in on-line and off-line mode.

The department of Radiation Science and Technology focuses on research and education in materials, energy and health with radiation as the common denominator. Fields of interest are medical radioisotopes, materials for energy storage, technologies for diagnosis and treatment of diseases, advanced instrument development and sustainable nuclear energy.
The department of Chemical Engineering aims to generate knowledge and educate people in the area of nano chemical engineering to improve the quality of life for a sustainable society, focusing on energy, water, health and environment. The group of Product and Process Engineering views chemical engineering as an expanding field full of opportunities to create devices, processes and products.


We are looking for enthusiastic PhD students who

  • have an MSc in a relevant field, such as chem. engineering, phys. chemistry, inorganic or coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry, nuclear chemistry or similar

  • combine creativity with a sound academic attitude;

  • have excellent experimental skills;

  • have excellent communication skills in English, both in writing and speaking;

  • are good team-players and able to work in a collaborative environment with the other two PhD students and supporting organisations.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Information and application

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Robin de Kruijff, email: , tel: +31 (0)15 2781485.

To apply for this PhD position, please send a detailed CV, a 1 page motivation letter and the contact information of 2 references to Anouk Nieuwesteeg (secretary) email: by July 15th 2020. 

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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