The Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) conducts research and education in the field of neuroscience from the molecular level to the society level. The clinical research and education is conducted in collaboration with Region Stockholm as well as other research groups from Karolinska Institutet and other universities.
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This studentship is within the Karolinska Institutet- National Institutes of Health (NIH; USA) Graduate Training Program in Neuroscience ( 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.  

Project title

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.

Project leaders

Professor Christer Halldin (KI) and Dr. Victor Pike (NIH)

Entry requirements

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  

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in Swedish or English:

  • A personal letter and curriculum vitae
  • A copy of a degree certificate and associated certificates
  • A copy of a degree project and any previous publications

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.
Salary monthly salary
Reference number 3-2871/2013
  • Anders Ihrfors, Personaladministratör, 08-524 832 87
  • Christer Halldin, Professor, 08-517 726 78
Union representative
  • Christina Hammarstedt, OFR, 08-524 860 55
  • Patrick Merky, SACO, 08- 517 76 237
  • Gunnar Stenberg, SEKO, 08-524 880 75
Published 11.Oct.2013
Last application date 31.Mar.2014 11:59 PM CEST

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