Doctoral researcher position in Historical Exposomics
University of Luxembourg
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
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The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University and an equal opportunity employer. Luxembourg is a dynamic, multicultural country in the heart of Europe with a strong research and development base supported by important organisational resources.

The University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy shared between the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM), the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) within the innovative Luxembourg Time Machine (LuxTIME) project.

The main objective of the project is to explore the potential for building a digital platform that allows to dive into the industrial past of the Minette region.

The interdisciplinary project will be using digital tools and data from different fields such as history, biomedicine, chemistry, bioinformatics, data science and eco-hydrology.

As such, LuxTIME aims at exploring radically new ways of analyzing and interpreting factual evidence of the past by building an interdisciplinary framework for the investigation and visualization of big data of the past.

Doctoral researcher position in Historical Exposomics

Your Role

The focus of this PhD project is to characterize the environmental history (pre-industrialization through to present day) and potential exposures in the Minette region, using historical documents and digital history techniques combined with analytical mass spectrometry (HR-MS / MS) and environmental cheminformatics techniques on samples from the region to build bridges between these usually distinct disciplines.

The sampling campaign and strategy will be designed in partnership with two other PhD students in LuxTIME, and the results will be transformed and presented to both scientists and the public in a variety of ways.

The PhD student will be hosted at the Environmental Cheminformatics group at LCSB under supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emma Schymanski but closely collaborate with the other two LuxTIME PhD students working at C2DH and LIST.

All three PhD projects will be framed by a larger group of senior researchers from all three institutions, who will participate in workshops and supervision of the project.

For further information please contact : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emma Schymanski (emma.schymanski uni.lu).

Your Profile

  • Master’s degree or diploma in environmental / chemical / toxicological / natural sciences or related disciplines, or interdisciplinary training with a strong environmental interest
  • Hands-on experience in high resolution mass spectrometry analysis will be a strong advantage
  • Data science training, e.g. knowledge of cheminformatics and chemical databases, mass spectrometry data analysis, literature mining, ontologies etc.
  • will be highly advantageous

  • High interest in environment history and willingness to work on historical documents
  • Experience in basic scripting language(s) e.g. R, python, Matlab or willingness to learn
  • The working language is English; for historical document interpretation detailed knowledge of (or strong willingness to learn) French / German / Luxembourgish will be highly advantageous
  • Further Information

    Applications should quote Ref : RCREQ0004174 (OTP R-AGR-3703-01-B B-IAS) and include :

  • a full curriculum vitae, including any publications
  • the contact details of three referees
  • a copy of the relevant diplomas
  • a cover letter indicating your motivation for the project, your relevant experience and future interests.
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