PhD student in food toxicology with focus on statistical modelling of health effects of chemicals in children

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The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health is part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science and is responsible for undergraduate and post-graduate education and research on pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, immunology, virology, bacteriology, food safety, parasitology and epizootology.


The production/use of chemicals have increased during many decades, resulting in contamination of food and drinking water. The aim of the project is to characterize chemical/metal mixture exposure of children and adolescents in Sweden, and to elucidate if these mixtures affect child/adolescent health development. Birth weight, thyroid hormones and vaccination antibodies are used as markers of health effects. The project is a collaboration between SLU, the Swedish National Food Agency (NFA), Uppsala University, University of Gothenburg, Lund University and Stockholm University, using data from the national food consumption survey on children/adolescents ”Riksmaten Ungdom” and the mother/child cohort POPUP. The goal of the project is to identify the most toxic mixtures and the chemicals/metals that are responsible for observed relations with health outcomes. The results will be an important scientific base for risk limiting decisions taken by authorities that are involved in risk management of chemicals/metals both nationally and internationally. 

Apart from required course work, important tasks are handling and processing of data from databases connected to Riksmaten and POPUP, including data on chemical/metal concentrations in blood/urine, health outcomes, food habits, lifestyle, demographics and medical factors. Important tasks also include statistical analyses of associations between different combinations of toxic chemicals/metals and health outcomes using multivariate and Bayesian statistical methods. Authoring of scientific and popular scientific articles, and communication of results at scientific meetings and to stakeholders are other important tasks.


The applicant must at the time of admittance have a Master of Science (MSc) in Biotechnology/Chemical Biology or equivalent, or a MSc in toxicology/nutrition/environmental medicine, with good experience and knowledge of advanced statistical modelling. Knowledge of programing in R, Python, Matlab, or equivalent. is a requirement. Emphasis is placed on personal characteristics such as collaborative skills, high motivation and enthusiasm, as well as ability to work both independently and in a team. Documented proficiency in English (both spoken and written) is required. A copy of the master thesis or equivalent must be included in the application. The appointment will be based, among other things, on the applicant´s motivation for the application.

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A person has basic eligibility for third cycle education if he or she has taken a second cycle qualification or has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 higher education credits at second cycle education. Upper secondary school grades equivalent to English B/English 6 are a basic requirement.

Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the disertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least two references familiar with the applicant's qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language and an interview.

Please observe that applicant/s chosen to participate in an interview shall hand in certified true copies of certificates, diplomas and transcripts from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college) and transcripts in connection to the interview. If the applicant is a foreign citizen we require a certified copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photografy.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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