Doctoral Candidate (PhD student) in Cancer Metabolism and Microbiome Research (m/f)

Doctoral Candidate (PhD student) in Cancer Metabolism and Microbiome Research (m/f)

University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University. Luxembourg is a dynamic, multicultural country in the heart of Europe with a strong research and development base supported by important organisational resources. The Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg offers state-of-the-art facilities and an excellent training environment for early-stage researchers, in particular in the biomedical sciences.

The Enzymology & Metabolism and Environmental Cheminformatics Research Groups at the LCSB are looking to hire a PhD student as part of the MICROH DTU, an interdisciplinary doctoral training unit which aims to study interactions within and between microbiomes in relation to two major healthcare challenges of our time, i.e. the spread of antimicrobial resistance genes and the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. The project entitled ‘Untargeted Approaches to Identify Metabolites Involved in Colon Cancer Development and Progression’ involves the development of untargeted metabolomics analysis pipelines to identify metabolites whose levels differ significantly e.g. between control and tumour samples from colorectal cancer patients or between healthy control and patient plasma samples. Elucidation of the organismal origin of these metabolites (microbiome- or human-derived) will be assisted by metabolic modelling.

  • Ref : RCREQ0001411 – (R-AGR-3400-12-C) MICROH DTU
  • Initial 14 months fixed-term contract, renewable depending on thesis progress evaluation.
  • Full-time position (40h/week)
  • Student and employee status (36 months study program, as per university standards, with project funding available for up to 48 months)
  • Earliest starting date March 1st, 2019 (position will be advertised until filled)

Your Profile:

  • Master degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology or a related discipline
  • Strong background in metabolic biochemistry and analytical chemistry, as well as solid notions in bio- /cheminformatics and biostatistics
  • Previous hands-on experience with chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques
  • Experience with metabolic modelling will be considered an advantage
  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills will be essential

We offer:

  • 36 months study program, as per university standards, with project funding available for up to 48 months
  • Competitive remuneration; contract subject to public national security system benefits
  • A dynamic, exciting and equal opportunity international research environment

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Carole Linster (

Applications (in English) should quote Ref RCREQ0001411 and include:

  • Cover letter indicating your motivation for this position, relevant past experience and future interests
  • Detailed curriculum vitae, including publications
  • Copy of the relevant diplomas
  • Contact details of three referees

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Please apply ONLINE until March 1st, 2019 (or until filled).

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