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Postdoc Horizon Europe Project

Hybrid
  • Mol, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
Postdoc

Job description

To strengthen our team and advance the development and improvement of new approach methodologies (NAMs) using the zebrafish embryo, we are hiring a post-doc trained in molecular biology with bioinformatics skills. The post-doc research will be dedicated to the enhancement of the current zebrafish embryo model developed at VITO for evaluation of chronic endpoints (teratogenicity, developmental neurotoxicity) with effect biomarkers to improve mechanism-based toxicity assessment. Specific tasks include literature study, experimental design, and support in lab exposure studies with zebrafish embryos, bioinformatics analysis for biomarker selection, model validation and publication of results.


The improved, and reliable screening model with zebrafish embryo should be part of a toolbox of innovative non-animal test methods to support the modelling and design of safe, non-regrettable chemicals and new materials. The post-doc will have a main role in the work package on development/optimisation of innovative tools for safety assessment in a 4-year Horizon Europe research project on Safe and Sustainable by Design (https://www.ssbd4chem.eu/ )

Job requirements

  • PhD in molecular biology, biomedical sciences, or related field.
  • Professional expertise with molecular biology data types, with emphasis on bioinformatics analysis of transcriptomics data, and
  • Proficiency in R and/or Python.
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills (creative, critical, and open-minded), multitasking and well organized to work accurately.
  • Driven by scientific curiosity and enthusiasm for both experimental lab work as well as processing of data and reporting.
  • A team player but also able to work independently.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English.

The following expertise are considered a plus:

  • Experimental work in human or environmental toxicology, preferentially using zebrafish embryo as a model, or in vitro approaches using state of the art transcriptomics, imaging and/or behavioral analysis.
  • Good knowledge on new approach methodologies (NAM), biomarker studies and/or AOP development.
  • Basic knowledge on environmental risks of chemicals.
  • Publication in high impact journals.
  • Certificate of animal care.

Offer

  • A competitive salary with a range of benefits including allowances, insurances, and a modular vacation package.
  • A team of nice colleagues, experts in their fields, who will guide, support and interact with you.
  • Innovation is our asset, so it goes without saying that we offer our employees the opportunity to follow additional training courses and stay up to date in their field of expertise.
  • You will be part of an organization with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy.

=> Your application should include contact information of 2-3 references, including one of your supervisors (no letters of recommendation).

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