University of Luxembourg

Doctoral researcher position (PhD) in Cheminformatics of Persistent, Mobile Contaminants

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The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

Within the University, the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) is a highly interdisciplinary research centre (IC), integrating experimental biology and computational biology approaches in order to develop the foundation of a future predictive, preventive and personalized medicine.

Your Role...

The European Union Green Deal H2020 project “Zero Pollution of Persistent, Mobile substances” (ZeroPM) launched on October 1st, 2021 for 5 years, with 15 international partners. ZeroPM will develop prevention, prioritisation and removal strategies to protect the environment and human health from persistent, mobile (PM) substances and establish an evidence-based multilevel framework to guide policy, technological and market incentives to minimise use, emissions and pollution of groups of PM substances. 

The Environmental Cheminformatics Research Group at LCSB is seeking a PhD Candidate to contribute to the Substance Grouping Work Package 5 (WP5) of ZeroPM, on the topic “Cheminformatics Strategies for Identifying Persistent, Mobile Contaminants and their Transformation Products”. The PhD will be supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emma Schymanski and performed in collaboration with other WP5 partners, Prof. Hans Peter Arp (NGI) and Dr. Zhanyun Wang (EMPA). The PhD will focus on developing cheminformatics approaches to prioritize and group PM substances, plus identify related transformations.

What we expect from you…

We seek a highly motivated student with the following profile:

  • Master’s degree (MSc or equivalent) in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, environmental sciences, toxicology or related fields, with high motivation to address pressing pollution issues
  • Willingness to work closely with other ZeroPM partners and cooperate actively in a larger team
  • Experience in cheminformatics data analysis/workflows in R or other open software will be a plus
  • Fluency in English is essential, skills in German and/or French will be advantageous

We offer...

  • Highly competitive remuneration including all public national security system benefits
  • A dynamic, exciting and equal opportunity international research environment
In Short...
  • Contract Type: Contrat à durée déterminée 36 Mois - extendable up to 48 months if required
  • Work Hours: Temps plein 40.0 Heures par Semaine
  • Location: Belval
  • Ideal starting date: March 1st, 2022 (as for all WP5 partners; position is advertised until filled)
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL04496
How to apply...

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • a full curriculum vitae, including any publications
  • the contact details of three referees, and/or provide reference letters
  • a copy of the relevant diplomas
  • a cover letter indicating your motivation for the project, your relevant experience and future interests. Follow ZeroPM on Twitter for more information: https://twitter.com/ZeroPM_H2020

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

In return you will get…
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). 
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …
Further information...

For further information, please contact emma.schymanski@uni.lu or simone.witzmann@uni.lu.

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Doctoral researcher position (PhD) in Cheminformatics of Persistent, Mobile Contaminants
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