Postdoc in Cellular Toxicology

Monday 02 May 22

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Are you an ambitious and motivated postdoctoral researcher with competences in cellular toxicology and an interest in mixture toxicology? Then we have an open 3½ year postdoctoral position in the Cell Toxicology team at the DTU National Food Institute.

Many environmental chemicals can perturb normal fetal development and disrupt reproductive and neuropsychological function later in life. Yet, our understanding of the effect of chemical mixtures on these adverse endpoints is still limited, and this hampers the implementation of chemical risk assessment. As the successful candidate, you will be involved in ongoing projects e.g. the H2020 funded Green Deal project PANORAMIX ( that we coordinate, and the European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC).

Our research is focused on endocrine disrupting effects of chemical mixtures during fetal life and how they can disrupt reproductive or neuroendocrine development. Our work is mainly centered around basic or applied research, although we also perform advisory tasks for regulatory bodies. This postdoc position has a strong focus on experimental research aimed at deciphering mixture effects of chemicals in vitro and how to risk assess mixtures.

We seek an ambitious candidate that is highly motivated by personal and team accomplishments. Previous experience from cellular and/or mixture toxicology or a related field would be an asset but most importantly, we are looking for a person with the ambition and skillset to familiarize him- or herself with the research field.

The university itself is located in the greater Copenhagen area, which is acknowledged for its excellent standards of living, childcare and welfare system.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The position requires a self-reliant candidate with collaborative qualities. You will conduct laboratory research experiments, both in vitro studies, reporter gene assays for endocrine pathways, stem cell assays, RT-qPCR, imaging etc. You will also supervise students, write research papers and present at national and international meetings

  • You must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field such as Toxicology, Human Biology, Molecular Biomedicine, Biotechnology or similar.
  • Experience with designing, performing and evaluating cellular and/or in vitro experiments 
  • Strong English communications skills, verbal and written
  • Experience with data handling, as well as proficiency with common software
  • Experience with imaging processing tools (such as ImageJ) and with statistical analysis packages (such as R) will be considered a plus

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.

The position is for 3 1/2 years, including an initial 3 month probationary period. Starting date is as soon as possible (according to mutual agreement).The successful applicant will work at the DTU National Food Institute located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from prof. Anne Marie Vinggaard,

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 June 2022 (Danish time).

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

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Contact details for 1-2 references that may be approached by the assessment panel.

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

The DTU National Food Institute
DTU National Food Institute conducts research into and disseminates - through advice, innovation and teaching - sustainable and value-creating solutions in the area of food and health for the benefit of society. The institute’s vision is to make a difference by generating future prosperity through research into food and health. The institute prevents disease and promotes health, develops new and better food products for a growing population and creates sustainable technological solutions. The institute’s tasks are carried out in a unique interdisciplinary cooperation in e.g. nutrition, chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology, modelling and technology.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.