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2 May 2017

Full-Time Postdoctoral Researcher in Behavioral/Molecular Toxicology

Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology – Posted by admin Dübendorf, Zürich, Switzerland


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Postdoctoral Researcher in Behavioral/Molecular Toxicology


The increasing occurrence of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems has become an environmental issue of global concern. Yet, mechanisms of toxicity and molecular targets are unknown for most contaminants, complicating the prediction of their impact on aquatic biota and aquatic ecosystems. We aim to elucidate molecular mechanisms of toxicity of a wide range of contaminants using the zebrafish as model, which is amenable for the mechanistic dissection of complex processes. In our lab, we are combining molecular tools with behavioral analysis and imaging techniques to further our mechanistic understanding of the effects of environmental contaminants on aquatic organisms.

The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in developing a new approach to identify molecular targets and toxicity pathways of a given chemical. A key step in this approach will be to establish a method to sort zebrafish larvae into different sensitivity classes after chemical exposure based on their behavioral output. Further molecular analysis will be done using mainly transcriptome profiling techniques. The duration of this employment is initially for two years with the possibility for extension. The starting date is as soon as possible.

We are looking for a motivated scientist holding a PhD with experience in working with zebrafish and in behavioral analysis. A strong interest in environmental toxicology, experience in transcriptomics, molecular biology and robust statistical and computational skills will be a strong plus. Creativity and independent thinking are critical requirements for this project.

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Job Categories: Science, R&D. Job Types: Full-Time.

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