Phd Position In 19F Contrast Agents Development

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August 20, 2023
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19 May 2023

Job Information


Silesian University of Technology

Research Field


Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)



Application Deadline

20 Aug 2023 - 23:59 (Europe/Warsaw)

Type of Contract


Job Status


Hours Per Week


Offer Starting Date

1 Oct 2023

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme

Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

PhD Opportunity: Molecular Sensors as Cutting-Edge Contrast Agents for 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Overview: We are seeking a highly motivated and talented individual to pursue a Ph.D. in the exciting field of molecular imaging. The successful candidate will join the research team of Tomasz Krawczyk (https: // investigating the development and application of molecular sensors as cutting-edge contrast agents for 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This project aims to push the boundaries of imaging technology by exploring the potential of novel molecular probes for enhanced imaging capabilities and improved diagnostic accuracy.

Research Project: In this project, we will focus on the design and synthesis of novel molecular sensors for 19F MRI to provide clinicians and researchers with improved tools for visualizing and quantifying molecular events within living organisms.

The successful candidate will be involved in the following aspects of the project:

  • Design and synthesis of molecular sensors: You will contribute to the development of novel molecular sensors capable of selectively respond to specific chemical or biological event. These sensors will be designed to exhibit strong 19F MRI signals, allowing for precise detection and imaging.

  • Characterization and optimization: You will utilize a range of analytical techniques to evaluate the performance of the molecular sensors, including NMR spectroscopy and HR-MS Optimization of the sensors' properties and imaging parameters will be a key focus to achieve optimal contrast enhancement and sensitivity.

  • You will collaborate with biologists to investigate the toxicity of novel agents with a focus on validating the sensors' potential for clinical translation.

  • Data analysis and interpretation: You will be responsible for analyzing relaxation data and DFT computations. The interpretation of results will contribute to elucidating the relevance of obtained sensors in medical diagnostics.

  • How to Apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit the following documents in PDF format to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter outlining your research interests, relevant background, and motivation for pursuing a Ph.D. in this field.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) detailing your academic qualifications, research experience, and any publications or conference presentations.
  • Contact information for two academic or professional references who can attest to your capabilities and potential.
  • The position will remain open until filled. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and may be asked to provide additional information or references.

    Note: This Ph.D. opportunity is subject to final approval and funding availability.


    Research Field


    Education Level

    Master Degree or equivalent


    Requirements and Qualifications:

  • A master's degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, or a related field.
  • Strong background in synthetic chemistry and/or molecular biology techniques or NMR spectroscopy
  • Experience with imaging techniques such as MRI, fluorescence microscopy, or spectroscopy is advantageous.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
  • Specific Requirements

    To be eligible for this position, candidates must meet the following requirement:

  • At least one scientific publication, patent or scientific award: Applicants should have a track record of academic excellence and demonstrate their ability to contribute to the scientific community. This can be evidenced by the publication of a scientific paper, in a reputable journal, patent or the receipt of a scientific award recognizing their research achievements.
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    Research Field


    Years of Research Experience

    1 - 4
    Additional Information


    The selected candidate will receive the following benefits:

  • Scholarship: The successful candidate will be awarded a scholarship to support their Ph.D. studies.

  • Housing Support: As part of the benefits package, the candidate will receive coverage for housing costs. This may include either a designated housing allowance or a single room provided in a university house or accommodation.

  • Additional Performance-Based Scholarship: In recognition of outstanding performance, an additional scholarship may be awarded to the candidate. This scholarship will be based on the candidate's publication record

  • It is important to note that the availability and conditions of the benefits are subject to the policies and regulations of the Silesian University of Technology

    Selection process

    The recruitment process for the position is as follows:

  • Evaluation of applications: All received applications will be carefully reviewed and assessed based on the candidate's qualifications, research interests, and relevant experience.

  • Aptitude and knowledge test: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take an aptitude and knowledge test to evaluate their understanding of the subject matter and their potential for conducting doctoral research.

  • Online interview: Candidates who perform well in the aptitude and knowledge test will be invited for an online interview. This interview will provide an opportunity for the selection committee to further assess the candidate's research skills, academic background, and suitability for the position.

  • Preparation of a PhD plan including a technical writing test: Selected candidates will be required to prepare a short Ph.D. research plan, outlining their proposed research objectives, methodology, and expected outcomes.

  • Official interview: Based on the evaluation of the research plan and technical writing test, shortlisted candidates will be invited for an official interview. This interview will involve a more comprehensive discussion of the candidate's research proposal, as well as their motivation, suitability, and potential contribution to the research team.

  • Throughout the entire recruitment process, candidates will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on any aspects of the position or the research project.

    Please note that the recruitment process may be subject to change, and additional stages or assessments may be included.

    Website for additional job details

    https: //

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    Silesian University of Technology





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    Krzywoustego 4


    Where to apply


    [email protected]





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    Akademicka 2A

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