Postdoc in Cellular Toxicology

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DTU National Food Institute is inviting applications for a postdoctoral position in reproductive and in vitro toxicology. The position is for 3 years with a possibility for extension. It is primarily a research position, but may also involve additional tasks, and could include deliverables within larger project grants, or teaching responsibilities. The successful applicant will become part of the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen.

The focus of our research team is improving risk assessment of environmental chemicals for their potential harmful effects on human health with a special focus on mixture effects of chemicals. Our team employs a broad palette of techniques and strategies to fulfil this goal, ranging from to cell-based assays and computational tools. The successful applicant is expected to integrate with our research team and with our European collaborators in an ongoing H2020 Green Deal project that we coordinate. In vitro laboratory work will become a substantial part of the new responsibilities, including mechanistic studies on human cells and tissues, but will also include theoretical work on case studies. The position requires a person that can carry out research experiments and projects independently, but function well in a dynamic and collaborative environment. 

Responsibilities and qualifications

  • Conduct laboratory research experiments. These include mainly work on cell assays for predicting reproductive and developmental toxicity such as various reporter gene assays and human induced pluripotent stem cell work, and general molecular biology techniques.
  • Independently carry out defined research projects and report to assigned project leaders
  • Communicate research results: presenting data at local meetings and international conferences, writing reports and manuscripts for publication.
  • Work in collaboration with external European collaborators and supervision of PhD student.
  • Contribute to the general work carried out by the team, including discussions and planning of strategies and problem solving, writing of publications, dissemination etc.

We seek a candidate that is capable of working independently, but that is motivated by both personal and team accomplishments.

Essential qualifications:

  • Hold a PhD degree in life sciences (e.g. background from Biology, Molecular Biomedicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Toxicology or related disciplines).
  • Experience with in vitro work, preferably also with stem cell applications.
  • Good English communications skills, oral and written.
  • Experience with independent scientific research and completion of research projects (peer-reviewed publications).

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience with testing of environmentally hazardous substances.
  • Proficiency with IT tools such as GraphPad Prism, R or Adobe Illustrator.

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 period of employment is 3 years, including an initial 3-month probationary period. Anticipated starting date is as soon as possible.

he successful applicant will work at the National Food Institute located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Anne Marie Vinggaard,; +45 4019 6284. 

You can read more about the National Food Institute at

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 23 August 2021 (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
  • List of 2-3 referees that may be contacted during the interview phaseAll interested candidates

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

The National Food Institute researches and communicates sustainable and value-adding solutions in the areas of food and health for the benefit of society and industry. The institute: prevents disease and promotes health, develops new and better food products for a growing population, creates sustainable technological solutions. The National Food Institute’s tasks are carried out in a unique interdisciplinary cooperation between the disciplines of nutrition, chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology 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 12,900 students and 6,000 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.