Postdoctoral scholarship holder Aquatic ecotoxicology

Updated: 25 days ago

Department: Department of Veterinary Sciences
Regime Full-time

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Zebrafishlab (Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences) is looking for a full-time (100%) postdoctoral scholarship holder in the field of aquatic ecotoxicology.


  • Your main task will consist of supporting the development of adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) in the context of different ongoing research projects, in the areas of amongst others thyroid hormone system disruption, metabolic disruption and developmental neurotoxicity. This will involve carrying out literature searches (in some cases using systematic approaches), curation and analysis of datasets, weight of evidence assessments of data supporting toxicity pathways, summarizing the data according to formalized AOP development rules and principles, and writing reports and review papers.
  • The amount of personal lab work will be limited. You will however assist in the supervision of PhD students who are working in these areas, which will require training and assisting activities in the lab. Also, if data gaps are identified that are not being addressed in any of the ongoing PhD projects, performing lab work may be required if these data are essential for the AOP development process.
  • You will help writing new project proposals and contribute to attracting external funding.
  • You will participate in the general management and maintenance of the lab, including fish housekeeping duties.


  • You hold a PhD in Biology (or one of the related life sciences), or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You have not lived, studied or worked in Belgium for more than 24 months during the past 3 years.
  • A high level of experience in the field of aquatic ecotoxicology is essential to qualify for this position, including demonstrable independent research competences and a high-quality publication record in the leading journals in the field.
  • Experience with the development of AOPs, the use of the zebrafish as a research model, and experience with the various endocrine disrupting mechanisms, are important advantages.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You can speak fluently in English. Excellent writing skills in English are required. 

What we offer

  • We offer a full-time appointment as a postdoctoral scholarship holder for a period of one year, which can be extended with one year after positive evaluation.
  • The planned start date is November 1, 2021, or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for postdoctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Drie Eiken in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here .

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including September 22, 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include a motivation letter and your academic CV.
  • The selection committee will review all the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. You will be informed about the next steps in the selection procedure as soon as possible after the deadline.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Prof. Dries Knapen (

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