Postdoctoral researcher in biology with focus on environmental toxicology

  • Fixed-term position 
  • Full time 
  • The application
  • deadline is 2023-05-30
  • Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-02511/2023

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in biology for a fixed-term position at the School of Science and Technology / Unit for Natural Science.

Subject area

The subject area for this position is biology, with specialization in Environmental Toxicology.


The Man-Technology-Environment (MTM) Research Centre focuses on toxicant screening, as well as discovery and hazard assessment of toxic chemicals using molecular toxicology, epidemiology, and analytical chemistry together with industry, government, and academia. The research areas are metabolomics (exposome-disease studies), mixture-, epigenetic- and particle toxicology, applied environmental chemistry, and occupational health. MTM has in the last years built a solid research environment with state-of-the-art modern infrastructure for projects in analytical chemistry and toxicology using effect-based methods, effect-directed analysis (EDA) and high-performance separation methods.

We are now looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join our multidisciplinary team of around 50 researchers on different academic levels and work in the new European research program Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC). The projects within PARC concern development and application of an Early Warning System for discovery and hazard assessment of chemicals of emerging concern (CECs). The overall focus of the project is developing, adapting and applying effect-based methods and effect-directed analysis for a broad characterization and hazard assessment of CECs in wastewater, sediment, soil, sentinel species and other matrices.

Duties and responsibilities

The appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons who have recently been awarded their doctoral degree to consolidate and develop primarily their research skills.

The successful candidate will mainly work with development, adaptation and application of a battery of cell-based bioassays for effect-based detection of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), genotoxicants, and chemicals with new mechanisms of action of toxicity (MoA). In line with this, the candidate will take part in development and application of new approach in vitro methods (NAM) for toxicity assessment based on high content screening for phenotypical cellular pertubations as a tool for toxicant discovery and elucidation of MoAs. The work will also involve development, adaptation and application of high performance- and high throughput effect directed analysis (EDA). This will be done in close collaboration with environmental analytical chemists focusing on non-target and suspect screening and with bioinformatics and machine learning experts. The duties also involve taking active part in coordinating the experimental work in the bioassay and EDA labs.


Those qualified for appointment as a postdoctoral researcher are applicants who at the time of appointment hold a doctoral degree or have a degree from abroad deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree. Applicants with doctoral degrees that have been awarded no more than 3 years prior to the application deadline are to be considered first. The applicant may not previously have held a position as a postdoctoral researcher for more than one year in the same subject and at the same higher education institution. The position is for a term of at least 2 years initially but may be extended for a further 1 year. If the person during the period of employment has been on parental leave, the period of employment is to be extended by the corresponding number of days. The period of employment may also be extended in the event of absence due to illness.

You must have a good ability to express yourself in speech and writing in English. The ability to work both independently and in groups, as well as work quality-consciously and be responsible, is a requirement. Great value is on the candidate’s expressed ambition to learn and take responsibility for the work.

Assessment criteria

A basis for the assessment is the applicant’s ability to disseminate information and communicate; collaborate and engage with the wider community; and facilitate utilisation of the university’s research. In addition, the applicant’s suitability for the position will be assessed. Suitability refers to the applicant demonstrating the personal qualities required to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities at hand, the ability to cooperate with other members of staff, and the ability to contribute to the development of the operations.

Particular attention is to be paid to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to the future development of both research and education. Importance is also attached to a demonstrated ability and ambition to embark on a career within academia.

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in Environmental Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, or related subjects. You have documented and practical experience of in vitro toxicology methods. Experience with effect-based monitoring and effect-directed analysis is an advantage.


This is a full-time position for two years, with possibility to one additional year if funding is available. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information about the position, contact principal investigator, Magnus Engwall, email: or Head of Natural science unit, Ingrid Ericson Jogsten, email:

At Örebro University, we expect each member of staff to be open to development and change; take responsibility for their work and performance; demonstrate a keen interest in collaboration and contribute to development; as well as to show respect for others by adopting a constructive and professional approach.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
  • Account of research qualifications and experience
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.More information for applicants will be found on our career site:

The application deadline is 2023-05-30. We look forward to receiving your application!

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As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.