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Ph.D. position in Toxicology of Occupational Exposures

Do you have a strong background in in vitro toxicology, with hands on experience with cell-free pulmonary models of lung surfactant function inhibition? Do you thrive in multidisciplinary collaborations? Then we have an exciting research opportunity. The National Research Centre of the Working Environment (NFA) in Copenhagen invites applications for a Ph.D. position joining our research projects aimed at testing occupational relevant aerosols in vitro, evaluating risks and advancing regulatory acceptance of alternative methods.


Hands on research using a cell-free in vitro model

The Toxicology group at NFA consists of researchers at all levels; all motivated by and actively working on improving occupational health at Danish workplaces. The group is well established with good laboratory facilities.

The Ph.D. position is affiliated to the research program “Forøget fokus på forskning i kemisk arbejdsmiljø” and will closely collaborate with other projects. The aim of the Ph.D. project is to further develop lung surfactant function measurements as a strong alternative to animal experiments for inhalation toxicity. You will use methods already implemented in the research group, test single as well as mixtures of chemicals for inhibition of lung surfactant function. Within the project, you are expected to prepare the results and write manuscripts for peer-review publishing. The position will include teaching and a stay abroad in a different research environment.

As part of the research group, we expect you also to contribute to the overall activities, strategies, and scientific development of the group.

Our new colleague

Candidates should have a MSc degree in toxicology, biochemistry, biology or similar.  

We expect that you have a solid experience in

  • studying lung surfactant function in vitro
  • understanding of development of in vitro methods and the regulatory context they exist
  • data treatment in a systematic and organized manner
  • preparing data for publishing in peer-reviewed scientific 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 cooperation and engages in the group at the scientific and social level
  • is motivated by improving the working environments for workers

Salary and terms

The job is a 3-year full-time position. We would like you to start July 1st 2023 or at first opportunity. You will be employed as Ph.D. student 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 job specifications for scientific staff employed at government research institutes.

Questions and application

In case of further questions, you are welcome to contact senior researcher Jorid B. Sørli jbs@nfa.dk, tlf. 2931 4431 or Head of research Nicklas Raun Jacobsen nrj@nfa.dk or tlf. 3916 5279.

If you have any questions about salary or employment terms, you are welcome to contact Rikke Dahl Ledertoug from the Ministry of Employment's HR department on rdl@bm.dk, tlf. 7220 5257.

All interested applicants, regardless of age, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity, are encouraged to apply for the position.

Send an electronic version of your application via the link below no later than June 6th 2023. Your application should include a cover letter, CV (with publication list) and examination certificates. Applications can be submitted in Danish or English.

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