Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Doctoral Candidate (w/m/d)

Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Berlin, Germany

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is the national institute which prepares expert reports and opinions on questions of food, feed and chemical safety, as well as consumer health protection, on the basis of internationally recognised scientific assessment criteria. It advises the German government and other institutions and interest groups in these areas. The BfR conducts its own research on topics closely related to its assessment tasks. It is a legally responsible institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The BfR has its headquarters in Berlin.

The position involves 50% of regular weekly working hours (currently 19.50 hrs).
The limited employment period is based on the German Fixed-Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).
The employment should be used to complete a doctorate degree. Participation in the doctoral program is binding. This serves to impart both scientific and methodological knowledge and offers the opportunity to regularly present doctoral projects in internal events and benefit from scientific exchange.
• Analytical and mechanistic elucidation of adverse effects of tattoo inks
• Identification of potential allergens in tattoo inks or pigment decomposition products after UV and laser irradiation by analytical methods
• Establishment and further development of in vitro methods for the examination of sensitising pigments, their decomposition products and other tattoo ink ingredients (DPRA, LuSens)
• Investigation of the molecular principles of chemically induced sensitisation
• Distinction from foreign body reactions which can be triggered by surface properties of the pigment particles, amongst others (induction of pro-inflammatory signals and oxidative stress)
• Involvement in bio- / toxicokinetics studies in vivo
• Interdisciplinary research in the fields of analytics and toxicology
• Drafting of scientific reports, presentations, publications and conference contributions
• Participation in national and international conferences
• University degree in Food Chemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Toxicology, Biotechnology or comparable subject
• Experience of the use and software evaluation of data from MS-based analysis processes (LC-MS, MALDI-ToF-MS or GC-MS) as well as analytical comprehension mandatory
• Enjoying analytical challenges and solving scientific questions
• Knowledge in the field of contact allergy and foreign body reactions in the skin of advantage
• Practical knowledge of cell culture technology methods (cultivation of primary cells/ cell lines, cytotoxicity assays, immunoassays, flow cytometry) of advantage
• High level of commitment, great willingness to learn and ability to work in a team
• Very good written and spoken English
• Good computer literacy as well as a conscientious work approach, flexibility, communication skills and the ability to cope with pressure are prerequisites
The place of work is Berlin.
Application procedure
Does this offer appeal to you?
If so, then please submit your application via our online system by 19 July 2019:

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact: bewerbung@bfr.bund.de. Please do not send any applications to this e-mail address.
If you are unable to submit your application online, you have the option of sending it by standard mail, stating the relevant reference number (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, Personalreferat – 11.17 -, Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10, 10589 Berlin, Germany)
More detailed information is available from:
Dr. Schreiver Tel.: 030 18412-27800
Prof. Dr. Dr. Luch Tel.: 030 18412-27000

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2299/2019