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Postdoc Position in Microbiology and Occupational Exposure

Are you ready to contribute to the research on occupational exposure to microorganisms? The National Research Centre of the Working Environment in Copenhagen invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position offering an exciting opportunity to join our research projects on occupational exposure to fungi and bacteria and their transmission.  
We endeavour to ensure a healthy, dynamic labour market  
At the Danish National Research Centre for the Working Environment, we research important topics of today’s – and tomorrow’s – working environment and work-related health and safety. As a public sector research institution under the Danish Ministry of Employment, it is our job to monitor and evaluate trends in our working environment and draw attention to new risks. We train new researchers and publish our research results in reputable journals. We convey research-based knowledge to workplaces, authorities, the two sides of industry and health and safety consultants. This is how we contribute to improving the working environment in Denmark.  
For further information about us, visit http://nfa.dk/en/Om-NFA
Contribute to the research occupational exposure to microorganisms  
The postdoctoral position is part of our microbiology group and you are planned to work on two different projects. The aims of the projects are to risk evaluate microbial exposures and to get knowledge on potential transmission routes in waste sorting plants and nursery homes. You will use methods already implemented in the group for quantification and identification of fungi and bacteria using MALDI-TOF MS and implement and apply assays for testing of resistance to antimicrobial compounds. You will be responsible for analysing aerosol samples which are already collected in a well-designed study. This includes laboratory analysis, data treatment as well as scientific publication. In another project you will be responsible for workplace contact, aerosol sampling and analysis, and you will contribute to the scientific publication.  
As part of the microbiology research group, we expect you also to contribute to the overall activities, strategies, and development of the group.  
The Microbiology group at NFA is well established with good microbiology laboratory and field measurements facilities and equipment. The group works with research on occupational exposure to microorganisms and potential associated health effects.  
Be our new colleague  
Candidates should have a PhD degree in microbiology.  
We expect that you have a solid background in:  
  • microbiology  
  • life science  
  • methods for quantification and identification of microorganisms  
  • data treatment  
  • publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
Additionally, the candidate we seek  
  • is motivated by both personal and team accomplishments  
  • is capable of working independently  
  • thrives on multidisciplinary collaboration  
  • is interested in participating in the group at the scientific and social level  
  • has a drivers licence  
  • is motivated to work on improving the working environment.  
It will be an advantage if you have experience with organising and conducting fieldwork, and with developing and writing project proposals. As field measurements are a part of the job, you can expect days with extended working hours.  
We identify solutions together  
As part of the Ministry of Employment, the National Research Centre for the Working Environment helps create a framework for people’s working lives. Consequently, we have a duty to find the best solutions. We identify these together. Our doors are always open and the hurdles low. We share our knowledge, and we encourage and challenge each other’s ideas so that they are fine-tuned before they become shared solutions.  
You will be working with professionally skilful and dedicated colleagues, in a fast-paced and challenging environment. New issues crop up every day, and you must be prepared to accept assignments on the fly and bring every aspect of your professional experience into play. In return, you will have an excellent opportunity to make a positive difference to people’s working lives.  
Salary and employment terms  
The period of employment is 2 years. It is a full-time post. Anticipated starting date is August 1st.  
Employment will be as postdoc according to the collective agreement for academic staff between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), and according to the position structure for scientific staff employed at government research institutions.  
Questions and application  
Did you get an answer to all of your questions? If not, you’re welcome to contact Senior Researcher Anne Mette Madsen on +45 39165242, or Director of research coordination Lars Andrup on +45 391165203.  
If you have any questions about salary or employment terms, you’re welcome to contact HR partner Rikke Dahl Ledertoug from the Ministry of Employment’s HR department on +45 72205257.  
All interested applicants, regardless of age, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity, are encouraged to apply for the position.  
Send your application, CV, examination certificates and a list of publications latest by Monday April 22nd 2019.  
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