Postdoc position in Environmental Toxicometabolomics and Effect-Directed Analysis

Postdoc position in Environmental Toxicometabolomics and Effect-Directed Analysis

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark invites applications for a position as Postdoc for 2 years at the Environmental Endocrine Disruptors Lab. The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

The available position is cross-disciplinary within (environmental) toxicology, metabolomics, environmental chemistry and (bio)analytical chemistry. The postdoc will be highly active in the EU H2020 consortia project ERGO “EndocRine Guideline Optimisation” ( ERGO will investigate in vitro assays, biomarkers and endpoints suitable for extrapolation of thyroid disruption from fish and amphibian tests to humans and other mammals. Moreover, the postdoc will be responsible for targeted and untargeted metabolomics studies and for establishing in vitro-based effect-directed analysis assays. Besides these key responsibilities, the postdoc will also have working hours allocated and state-of-the-art facilities available (e.g. metabolomics, proteomics and transcriptomics) to pursue own research visions.

Environmental Endocrine Disruptors Lab
The lab study and identify emerging environmental endocrine disruptors, i.e. ecosystem pollutants that impede the endocrine systems in wildlife and humans. Conducting fundamental lab and field experiments at the molecular level, we investigate the environmental occurrence, fate and effects of pollutants, such as natural toxins, pesticides and medicine residues. Our interdisciplinary research lies at the interface of environmental chemistry, biology and analytical chemistry, and is based on state-of-the-art mass spectrometry for targeted and non-targeted analysis for metabolome, exposome and proteome characterizations.

The Department of Environmental Science
Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the Faculty of Science & Technology at Aarhus University. The expertise ranges from social science, geography, economics and policy analysis to mathematical modelling, physics, chemistry, toxicology, and microbiology. Both pure and applied research is conducted on some of the major challenges facing society, such as pollution and pollution control mechanisms, management of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity, protection of ecosystem services and climate change. Advisory services within these areas are offered to ministries and other stakeholders. Currently, about 145 staff and PhD-students are working at the department. Further information may be found at

The selected candidate will be affiliated with the Section for Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology. The work tasks include 1) establish and validate bioanalytical chemistry methods; 2) run metabolomics studies, as well as data post-processing and statistical treatment of large datasets; 3) establish in vitro toxicology assays to evaluate endocrine disruption; 4) establish effect-directed analysis on a newly acquired Orbitrap-based mass spectrometer; 5) publish scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.

The work will take place in close cooperation with other researchers at the Environmental Endocrine Disruptors Lab. The connected lab personnel currently count four student workers, seven PhD students and one senior researcher (Martin Hansen).

Description of the position
The Postdoc is expected to:

  • Cooperate with PhD students, student workers and other researchers in designing and carrying out experimental work at the Department
  • Step in as lab-manager
  • Take an active scientific role in ERGO, participating in seminars, workshops and summer schools, and fostering good team spirit within the consortia
  • Take active part in developing and enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration both internally and externally. The latter with both national and international partners
  • Actively contribute to the project portfolio in the department by taking part in applications for externally funded research projects
  • Supervise graduate (Master and PhD level) students in research projects
  • Contribute to teaching on graduate courses and to the development of a new education in environmental science

Qualifications requirements
The position requires knowledge within analytical chemistry, toxicology and biochemistry, and experimental work and the ability to solve practical challenges. Previous experience with Orbitrap LC-MS systems and untargeted metabolomics is an advantage. Good communication skills and experience with cooperation with other researchers is an advantage. The candidate is expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary international academic environment.

The applicant needs to hold scientific qualifications at Ph.D. level. Participation in national and international networks of researchers is preferable. The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by key staff members at Aarhus University.

Work location
The place of work will be at Aarhus University in Roskilde, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark. The city of Roskilde ( is located close to Copenhagen. The area provides immediate access to a wealth of cultural and recreational pursuits.

Further information
Further information about the position may be obtained by contacting Senior Researcher Martin Hansen, or Head of Section Pia Lassen,

International candidates may find information concerning living and working in Denmark at

AU International Center offers a full range of services to make your transition to Denmark as smooth as possible (, and the department will assist foreign candidates with finding a suitable place to live.

English is spoken on a daily basis at the department.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at


22 April 2019

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