Postdoc in Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSARs)

DTU Fødevareinstituttet
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DTU Food at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a 1 year postdoc position in QSAR modeling and application.

QSAR (quantitative structure-activity relationship) models are used to predict properties, hereunder toxicity, of chemical substances. QSAR models are increasingly used to screen, prioritize and assess thousands of chemicals that humans and the environment are exposed to. In 2015, DTU Food released a free online QSAR database (, with model predictions from more than 200 models for over 600,000 organic chemicals. The database includes predictions from both commercial and in-house developed models, covering a broad range of properties and effects.

The successful applicant will become part of the Research Group for Molecular and Reproductive Toxicology in the Division of Diet, Disease Prevention & Toxicology (DTU Food). The applicant will work closely with two QSAR experts within the group. The QSAR team is engaged in research and counseling, and has a long collaboration with for instance the Danish Environmental Protection Agency concerning application of QSAR predictions in chemical assessments.

Responsibilities and tasks
Specific tasks include development of new QSAR models as well as updating and improving existing models, primarily for endpoints of importance for human health effects, as well as publication of results in scientific journals.

Other tasks include arranging scientific meetings, as well as applications of the model predictions in counselling on regulatory use of QSAR in various contexts. 

Candidates must:

  • Hold a PhD degree or equivalent within computational toxicology (QSAR), toxicology, pharmacy, chemistry, biology or another relevant scientific area and be interested in research as well as putting the results into applications
  • Have an interest for toxicological relations between structure and activity of chemical substances
  • Have skills for database handling and IT on a user level

Further desired qualifications:

  • Having a systematic approach to work tasks and being able to handle multiple tasks in parallel
  • Good ability to generate new ideas and bring them to life
  • Good communication skills, in professional writing and presentation (in English)

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 12 months. Good possibilities for extension are anticipated.

The work place will be Building 201 at DTU Campus, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Division Anette Schnipper +45 3588 7523 or Senior Officer Eva Bay Wedebye +45 3588 7604.

You can read more about DTU Food on

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 9 April 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma with transcript (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • The names of 2-3 referees that may be contacted by the selection panel if required
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Food (The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.