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Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:
Dr. Stefan Scholz

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Place of work: Leipzig

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Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

Developmental toxicity testing is one of the most animal demanding area of hazard assessment for regulatory toxicology. We are looking for a

PhD Student (m/f/x) Toxicology

Working time 65% (23,35 hours per week), limited to 3 years

to support a third party funded project with the title: Prediction of prenatal developmental toxicity in the zebrafish model – analysis of key events on the adverse outcome pathway. The zebrafish embryo will be used as the central model and based on the Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) concept, a proof-of-concept for an alternative testing strategy of developmental toxicity will be established. The analyses linked to AOPs include innovative, advanced automated image-based assessments of phenotypes and concentration- and time-dependent transcriptome investigations.

Your tasks:

  • Independent survey and analysis of available literature
  • Independent planning and conduction of laboratory exposure experiments (fish embryo test) with focus on phenotype and transcriptome assessment
  • Analysis of complex data using partially automated data analysis workflows
  • Active engagement in results discussion
  • Presentation of results in internal/project meetings and at international conferences
  • Enrolment in HIGRADE graduate school

Your profile:

  • Completed master's degree in biology or a comparable discipline and interest in conducting a doctoral theses in toxicology.
  • Experienced in scientific work and a keen interest in developing new fields of research within the framework of interdisciplinary cooperation.
  • Able to quickly familiarize yourself with new problems and to use your own ideas.
  • A high scientific standard in the evaluation, documentation and presentation of results, used to working in a project team.
  • Independence, a sense of responsibility, commitment and good English language skills.
  • Availability for a video conference interview including a short presentation on your background and experiences

We offer:

  • Top level interdisciplinary research at a research centre which enjoys an excellent reputation within Germany as well as internationally
  • Excellent technical facilities
  • Work in inter-disciplinary and multinational teams
  • Excellent links to national and international research networks
  • Support and optimal training courses by our graduate school (HIGRADE)
  • Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 (65%)