Early Stage Researcher (PhD Student) position – MSCA-ITN

The Bioanalytical Toxicology group of RECETOX and the Marie Skłodowska -Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) project “Best chemical risk assessment professionals for maximum Ecosystem Services benefit (PRORISK)” offer an Early Stage Researcher (PhD Student) position “ESR8 - Linking retinoid and thyroid hormone signaling disruption with adverse effects on early development”. The RECETOX Centre of Masaryk University (www.recetox.muni.cz) in Brno, the Czech Republic, is focused on tresearch and education in cross-cutting area of Environment and Health. RECETOX operates state-of-the-art research infrastructures (including environmental monitoring networks, population cohorts, accredited laboratories, databases, and information portals) openly accessible to the international research community, and develops an interdisciplinary expertise in multiple international research teams. PRORISK (www.prorisk-itn.eu) is a European Training Network funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 859891. The consortium comprises of 18 universities, research institutions, enterprises and partner organisations in 9 European countries and Canada creating a novel platform for training a network of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the field of advanced Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA). Research and training provided through PhD study, PRORISK training programme and secondments in international multidisciplinary intersectoral teams in academia, industry and regulatory bodies will enable ESRs to address exposure, ecotoxicology, ecosystem services, as well as assessment and modeling of risks and socio-economic impacts. The ESRs within PRORISK will gain synthetic skills allowing them to develop and implement innovative ERA concepts and tools to link the effects of chemicals at different levels of biological organization to ecosystem services and to determine the socio-economic values of related environmental impacts. Individual research project description: This PhD project focuses on the mechanisms by which environmental pollutants and their mixtures cause adverse effects on early development and neurodevelopment. It will employ a combination of in vitro models (including stem-cell based) and zebrafish embryo assays. Molecular events (gene/protein expression) will be connected to in vivo effects via the Adverse Outcome Pathway framework to enable prediction of adverse effects from in vitro responses. The mechanism-based approaches will be linked to environmental risk assessment. For further information about the scientific content please contact the principle supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Klara Hilscherova, Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.. Applications and selection process Applicants should provide the following information in their application in English: 1. Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project. Please indicate if you have applied for other PRORISK PhD fellowships (possible to apply up to three positions; indicate the preferences). 2. A detailed CV including technical and analytical skills and publications if applicable. 3. All academic level certificates (BSc and MSc) including university grades itemized by each course. Foreign documents should be sent as certified English translations. 4. A synopsis (abstract) of the BSc and MSc thesis if applicable, or any previous research project. 5. At least two professional referees (Name, address, telephone & email). Deadline for applications is on June 7, 2020. A review of applications will run continuously as they are received. The short-listed applicants complying with the requirements will be invited for personal or Skype interviews foreseen in June 2020. Contract duration: The period of appointment for the ESR is 36 months, starting August 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. Please apply via e-Application: https://www.muni.cz/en/about-us/careers/vacancies/53132 RECETOX as a valuable part of the Faculty of Science MU, a holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award, is committed to employment equality (esp. European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers) and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates fulfilling the requirements specified in this announcement.