Researcher in Cell Biology (M/F)
Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology
Belvaux
il y a 8j

Context

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is offering a full time 24 months research position in cell biology.

She / he will join the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department at LIST. ERIN counts more than 170 scientists and engineers from life science, environmental science, and IT science.

The applicant will be incorporated in the Environmental Health Group. The Environmental Health Group develops complex 3D -

in vitro models for toxicological testing as a major research activity. Such models undergo in house validation under laboratory conditions and are applied to a wide range of contaminants from chemicals to nanomaterials.

These models are then applied within nationally and internationally funded research projects and in collaborative research projects with industry.

The applicant will work in the framework of projects aiming at further development, pre-validation and application of new in vitro models for lung toxicity, for which currently there is a lack of models in the field of alternative methods.

The projects are designed to help bridge the technical and funding gap between research-driven discoveries and their commercialisation / utilisation, thereby enhancing the impact of Luxembourg’s research on economy and society.

Description

The applicant’s main tasks will be related to recently funded projects in which a set of assays will be applied and further developed along the TRL scale with the final aim to commercialise these assays.

Her / his main mission is to actively contribute to research, development and innovation and to participate to the definition and contribution to newly developed RDI projects.

She / he will mainly be asked to :

  • Develop, plan and perform 3D in vitro exposure experiments
  • Formulate innovative / scientific / technologic concepts in relation to these assays
  • Take over autonomously entire tasks of the RDI projects
  • Develop new knowledge, protocols, techniques
  • Actively engage in the further development of existing in vitro models
  • Actively propose potential improvements and test them for their added value
  • Engage in patent formulation where appropriate
  • The applicant is also expected to intervene on the following tasks :

  • Contribute to RDI project development / work packages
  • Disseminate results in form of high impact scientific publications (including as first author), write technical reports when required, make presentations at workshops / conferences
  • Actively contribute to the development of collaborative projects with industry; Being a force of proposal to this regard
  • Develop scientific and technological networks
  • Education

  • PhD in biology, cell biology or a related field
  • Independent research in the form of PostDoc experience is considered an asset
  • Competencies

  • Experience in development of cell culture models in an academic or industrial environment, as documented among other by scientific publications in the domain
  • Able to use the relevant equipment present within the ERIN Department : e.g. cell culture, microscopes, the various exposure systems for cell exposure, ELISA, DNA / RNA extraction, real-
  • time PCR etc. to perform independently experiments, develop new approaches and report them in a suitable manner

  • The candidate should have relevant expertise in :
  • Cell biologyState-of-the-art of 3D cell cultureMolecular endpoints relevant for in vitro toxicity studiesReporting of experimental dataExperience in writing of scientific papersDefine adaptations and further improvements

    Languages

  • Fluent in English (spoken and written) is mandatory
  • French or German is an asset
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