Research position in Nanotoxicology
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Research position in Nanotoxicology at the Division of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Department of Engineering Sciences, the Ångström Laboratory. Full time position during one year with the possibility to extend to a second year. Starting date as soon as possible.
The Division of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials at the Department of Engineering Sciences focuses on the development and investigation of nanostructured materials for use in diverse applications ranging from medical devices to energy storage. The multidisciplinary research profile of the group makes it possible to cover a wide range of nanomaterial science aspects from synthesis and characterization of novel materials to biocompatibility and toxicity studies.
One of the research areas of the division deals with the safety aspects of nanomaterials. Our national and international projects aim at evaluating the human health toxicological hazard of nanomaterials as well as to develop new classes of nanomaterials with nanosafety as a fundamental part of the development process.
Project and work description: Nanocellulose is a nanomaterial that has gained increased attention for industrial and biotechnological applications in the last decade. The interdisciplinary project Forest for Future aims at creating a scientific foundation and developing a new generation of sustainable and safe nanocellulose-based products. The project investigates the integration of nanocellulose in packaging applications, producing and modifying nanocellulose for functional reinforcement of plastic matrices. The safety aspects of nanocellulose are important and must be considered at an early stage thus the project will identify methodologies and strategies to ensure the environmental and health safety during the development and introduction of chemically modified nanocellulose materials onto the market.
We search for an experienced researcher for nanosafety research in the frame of the Forest for Future project. Our role in the collaborative project is the assessment of human health toxicological hazard. The main focus will be on in vitro studies with several transformed cell lines, evaluating cytotoxicity, inflammation, oxidative stress and genotoxicity.
The successful candidate is expected to lead the experimental work of the Forest for Future project. The selected person will work in close collaboration with individuals from other disciplines including ecotoxicology, material science and polymer chemistry and is expected to have a continuous dialogue with industrial partners.
Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree in toxicology related sciences: nanoscience, chemistry, biology, immunology or materials science. A strong interest and well-documented experience in nanotoxicology is required.
Further requisites are:
- - Experience with the following techniques: isolation and maintenance of primary cell cultures and cell lines, enzyme linked immunoassays, confocal and light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and flow cytometry.
- - Basic knowledge of techniques for nanomaterial physicochemical characterization
- - Excellent communication skills
- - Ability to work independently and in collaboration with individuals from very diverse disciplines
- - Very good knowledge in English, written and spoken
The application should include a description of research interests and previous research experience, CV, publication list, copies of diploma or other relevant documents. We encourage you to include details of references and/or attach letters of recommendation.
For further information about the position, please contact:
Associate Professor Natalia Ferraz (firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 18 471 30 73).
Information about the Division can be found at http://www.teknik.uu.se/nanoteknologi-och-funktionella-material
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2016-05-27, UFV-PA 2016/1173.
This is a translation of part of an original document in Swedish. In case of disagreement between the English and the Swedish version of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.
Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.
Placement: Department of Engineering Sciences
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2016/1173
Last application date: 2016-05-27