Postdoctoral researcher, Toxicology of lipophilic compounds in the zebrafish embryo - 2019BAPFFBDEF268


Zebrafishlab (Department of Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences) and SPHERE (Department of Biology, Faculty of Science) are seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy

Postdoctoral researcher (with a subsidy), Toxicology of lipophilic compounds in the zebrafish embryo

This research project will investigate non-specific toxicity that is caused by the lipophilic nature of environmental pollutants, including the development of new approaches to distinguish non-specific (baseline) toxicity from specific toxicity pathways (e.g., endocrine disruption) and to identify the critical drivers of toxicity. A combination of different approaches can be applied to reach the goal of the project (e.g., experimental, data-mining, modelling, etc.). The overall focus can therefore to some extent be adapted to match the skills and interests of the ideal candidate.

Job description

  • You conduct a research project in the field of ecotoxicology, investigating the biological effects of lipophilic environmental pollutants in the zebrafish embryo.
  • You publish your research results in scientific journals, and present your work at international conferences. At least one accepted publication per year is expected as the minimum scientific output.
  • You contribute to the daily operations of the lab (e.g. fish maintenance), and to a limited extent to other ongoing projects of the research group (e.g. assisting PhD students and other team members).

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a doctoral degree in one of the life sciences, preferably in Biology, Biomedical Sciences or Biochemistry.
  • You are an experienced aquatic ecotoxicologist and are familiar with the concepts of non-specific versus specific toxicity. Experience in working with zebrafish as a model organism is strongly recommended.
  • You are fluent in both spoken and written English.
  • You obtained a certificate of Laboratory Animal Science (category B or C), or are willing to do so as soon as possible.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.

We offer

  • an appointment as a postdoctoral researcher for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal for a maximum of three years in total after positive evaluation;
  • regular attendance at international conferences as a function of obtained results;
  • a full time net monthly grant ranging from € 1.903,00 - € 3.125,00;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment;
  • the project can start immediately. The exact starting date will be discussed with the selected candidate.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted by e-mail by sending your curriculum vitae and application letter to In your application letter, please provide a short paragraph conceptually describing how you suggest to approach the research topic.
  • The vacancy will be open until 31 October 2019, or until a suitable candidate has been found.
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Dries Knapen (

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