Subject areaThe position is within Biology/Environmental Science.
BackgroundWe seek a postdoctoral researcher within the field of environmental epigenetics. Research frequently shows that pollutants cause health concerns, such as cancer, developmental toxicity, or behavioral disorders. Recent studies discovered that these health risks are related to epigenetic changes that may be transferred over generations, even if they are no longer exposed. These epigenetic mechanisms can be altered by pollutants, such as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The researcher will investigate the potential of selected PFAS to cause epigenetic changes and whether these changes cause serious adverse effects that are transferred over generations in zebrafish (Danio rerio).
Duties and responsibilitiesThe position as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons who have recently been awarded their doctoral degree, to consolidate and develop primarily their research skills. The postdoctoral researcher will be primarily in charge of the transgenerational study with zebrafish and the investigation of molecular changes and adverse effects. Thus, the researcher shall spend his or her working hours mainly on research but will be also responsible for the technical and administrative day-to-day management. The appointment may also include teaching, when there is a need within the organization, to facilitate the researcher to acquire qualifications for a teaching appointment at the University. The share of teaching may not exceed 20 percent of a full-time position.
EligibilityEligible for the appointment as postdoctoral researcher are applicants holding a doctoral degree in Biology or in related subject areas. The doctoral degree should have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. Candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree prior to that may however also be considered if special grounds exist (leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical duties, an elected position in a trade union, or other similar circumstances).
Assessment criteriaThe researcher should have a strong background in the field of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. Besides, the candidate should have experience in transcriptome and metabolome as well as DNA methylation analyses. Knowledge in the study of cell morphology and on the phenotype of zebrafish embryos will be valued. Any experience in the investigation of behavioural changes in zebrafish is an advantage. Good oral and written communication skills in English are mandatory. General assessment criteria include good interpersonal skills and an ability to cooperate in an interdisciplinary environment and be able to work in a team. A demonstrated ability and desire to pursue an academic career is also of importance.
InformationThe position is a position for a fixed term of two years. The salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.
For more information, please contact Steffen Keiter email@example.com +46-19-30 36 04 or Head of Unit Mattias Bäckström, tfn 019-30 39 65, email: Mattias.firstname.lastname@example.org
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ApplicationThe application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.
For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:
- A covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
- CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
- An account of research/artistic qualifications
- Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
- Scientific publications for consideration (maximum of 10) (Not only publication list.)
The application deadline is 16 February 2020. We look forward to receiving your application!
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