Researcher in Female Reproductive Toxicology

fredag 03 maj 19

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DTU Food is inviting applications for a researcher position in Reproductive Toxicology. The position will involve both scientific research and advisory work related to potential consequences for human health after exposure to chemicals from foods and the environment.

The position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position.

The successful candidate will become part of the Research Group for Molecular and Reproductive Toxicology. The group has particular focus on how exposure to chemicals during fetal life can disrupt reproductive development.  Work ranges from basic research to advisory tasks for regulatory bodies. This position is largely concerned with female reproductive development and reproductive disorders brought about by early exposure to chemicals. The candidate will also be engaged a Horizon 2020 project, FREIA, which focuses on female reproductive health

Responsibilities and tasks

The position requires a self-reliant candidate that is highly flexible and organized with respect to carrying out the various working tasks. Collaborative qualities are essential as the position involves interactions with different partners and stakeholders. For this position you will:

  • Conduct laboratory research experiments: in vitro and in vivo (rat) models, as well as tissue culture for reproductive toxicity of endocrine disrupting chemicals. 
  • Together with group members, carry out research-based advice for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Veterinary & Food Administration. 
  • Participating in research projects within the group’s focus areas: male and female reproduction or thyroid hormone-dependent brain development, but with main focus on female reproduction.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in relevant field (e.g. Biology, Molecular Biomedicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Toxicology or similar)

Other essentials are:
  • Experience in reproductive biology and ovarian function is highly regarded. 
  • Experience with independent scientific research and completion of research projects. 
  • Experience with in vitro (including tissue culture) and in vivo work, preferable rats or mice.  
  • Experience with advisory work pertaining to endocrine disrupting chemicals 
  • Good English communications skills, verbal and written. Proficiency in Danish is also required, as much advisory communication with the authorities will be conducted in Danish.  
  • Experience with toxicological risk assessment of hazardous substances present in foods and the environment. 
  • Mobility, as the position will likely include an international research stay
  • Experience with data handling and cataloguing, as well as proficiency with common softwares such as Word, Excel, GraphPad Prism (or other statistics tools) reference management softwares (e.g. EndNote, Mendeley, or RefMan)

We seek a candidate capable of working independently, is motivated by both personal and team accomplishments. It is important that you are service-minded, as the work also will involve advisory tasks and professional contact with various stakeholders, both internal and external.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to

  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Experience and quality of advisory work or teaching
  • Societal impact
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The position as a researcher is a permanent entry-level position. After a maximum of 4 years, a researcher can be promoted to a senior researcher position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Group Leader, Terje Svingen (; +45 9351 8880), senior scientist Julie Boberg (; +45 9351 8911), or Head of Division, Anette Schnipper (; +45 3588 7523).

You can read more about the Division of Diet, Disease Prevention and Toxicology at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 24 May 2019 (local time)

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.


All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

DTU Food (The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching.


DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.