Postdoc in Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSARs)

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DTU Food at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a postdoc position in QSAR modeling, for 12 months fixed-term.


QSAR (quantitative structure-activity relationship) models are used to predict properties, including 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. DTU Food has developed and maintains a free online (Q)SAR predictions database (, with model predictions from more than 200 models for over 650,000 organic chemical substances. 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 Group for Chemical Risk Assessment and GMO in the Division of Risk Assessment and Nutrition at the DTU National Food Institute. The applicant will work closely with three 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 (EPA) concerning application of QSAR predictions in chemical assessments. The QSAR team is currently contributing to three EU research projects and another research project for the Danish EPA, and the successful applicant will primarily be engaged in the latter.

Responsibilities and tasks
Specific tasks include development of new QSAR models for skin sensitisation which links up to regulatory applications and ongoing OECD work to replace animal tests with alternative methods. The work will be published in a scientific article.


Other important tasks include arranging scientific meetings and/or workshop(s), as well as contributing to advisory work for regulatory use of QSAR predictions. 


Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

Further qualifications:
Candidates must:
  • Hold a PhD degree within computational toxicology (QSAR), toxicology, pharmacy, chemistry, biology or another relevant scientific area and have a strong interest in QSAR research
  • Have strong communication skills and interest in professional writing and presentation (in English)
  • Have strong skills for thorough assessment and precise registration of experimental data for use as basis for QSAR modeling
  • 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
  • Interest in placing QSAR research results into chemical assessment applications
We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.


Salary and terms of employment

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.


You can read more about career paths at DTU here.


Workplace and period of employment:

The period of employment is 12 months.


The work place will be at DTU Campus, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby.


Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Research group Vibe Meister Beltoft +45 3588 7524 or senior officer Eva Bay Wedebye +45 3588 7604. You can read more about DTU Food on


Please submit your online application no later than 13 April 2020.


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.


Interviews are scheduled for 4th – 7th May 2020.


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.


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