PhD student for developing revolutionary tomography for imaging molecules in vivo

Research / Academic

Tomography with radiolabeled molecules (PET and SPECT) is key for discovering mechanisms of disease, new pharmaceuticals and diagnostic tracers. In recent years the application of radiotracers that combine a predictive biomarker with a therapeutic agent -theranostic tracers– and the demand for multi-tracer imaging are witnessing an impressive growth. The PhD will be part of a project that aims at developing a novel PET-SPECT scanner that

  • enables quantitative tomography for virtually any available gamma, positron or co-emitting tracer molecule (30 keV - 1 MeV energy range),
  • allows quantitative imaging of any tracer combination including multiple PET isotopes, and
  • has an order of magnitude higher effective sensitivity for high-energy gamma emitters than current scanners.

To enable such universal molecular tomography platform the PhD students will explore (1) highly efficient gamma detectors (2) innovative collimator designs (3) image reconstruction with universal energy-dependent models for high-energy and co-emitting gamma and positron emitters.


The applicants should have a master’s degree in physics, mathematics or engineering. An interest in conducting experiments and developing image reconstruction or simulation software is preferred. The candidates will work in a highly multi-disciplinary team. Good communication skills and an excellent command of English, both written and spoken, are important.

Salary Benefits:

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.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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