Researcher in Cell Biology (M/F)

Reference : ERIN-2019-025

Type: Researcher
Contract type: Fixed term contract
Duration: 18 months
Place: Belvaux



As part of a Research and Technology Organization (RTO), the work of the Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) Department tackles some of the major environmental challenges our society is facing today, such as climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, the efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control. To this end, the mission of the ERIN department is:

(1) To conduct impact-driven scientific research and development, as well as technological innovation
(2) To support companies in the implementation of new environmental regulations and advise governments on determining sustainable policies for the future with the objectives of:

  • Analysing, managing and exploiting sustainable resources (water, air, soil, renewable energy, bioresources)
  • Reducing the environmental impact of human consumption and production activities

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is offering a full time 18 months research position in environmental toxicology. The successful applicant will join the ERIN Department at LIST. The applicant will be incorporated in the Environmental Health Group which is developing new in vitro assays for human hazard assessment and new invertebrate assays for ecotoxicological applications. In the current project, alterations due to the exposure with rare earth elements will be evaluated on the transcriptomic level.

The applicant will work in the framework of an international project aiming at further deciphering effects of anthropogenic disturbances of rare earth elements, for which currently there is a lack of knowledge. The project is designed to help bridge the understanding of the toxicity of these elements and their increasing technical use in a wide range of industrial applications, thereby enhancing the impact of Luxembourg’s research on economy and society.




The Junior R&T Associate’s main mission is to contribute to one or several RDI projects under the supervision and mentorship of more senior staff. The applicant’s main tasks here will be related to the exploration of the effects on the transcriptomic level in aquatic invertebrates due to exposure to rare earth elements.

She/he will be mainly asked to:

  • Establish and analyse transcriptomes based on available information from data bases as well as doing this de novo if the available data are not enough
  • Annotate the obtained transcriptome
  • Perform statistical analysis of data
  • Explore effects in a general metabolic point of view
  • Actively collaborate in the analysis of proteomics data
  • Actively propose potential additional steps and explore their added value

The applicant is also expected to disseminate results in form of high impact scientific publications (including as first author), write technical reports when required and make presentations at workshops/conferences.

On a broader perspective, the applicant might also be asked to:

  • Provide state of the art work related to a given research thematic or technology / perform systematic literature review
  • Provide input to the definition of research concepts
  • Manage the daily research work allowing the smooth progress of the RDI projects
  • Contribute to generating knowledge
  • Collaborate with other researchers in order to promote interdisciplinary activities internally
  • Assist in the preparation of project reports and presentations
  • Manage work packages of small RDI projects or small service offers under the supervision and mentorship of more senior staff





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

Required seniority

  • Experience in exploration of transcriptomic data sets of non-standard organisms
  • Able to use the relevant equipment present within the ERIN Department: e.g. 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:

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Molecular endpoints relevant for ecotoxicological studies
  • Reporting of experimental data
  • Experience in writing of scientific papers
  • Define adaptations and further improvements


  • The candidate must be able to communicate in English
  • Knowledge of French or German is an asset


Candidates interested in the above position can apply online on our website
The application file should include:

  • A CV
  • A motivation letter
  • The names of two or three referees
  • A list of publications, invited talks, patents, PhD supervisions and granted projects


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