Vacancy: Chemical Hazard Indicators Scientist at UFZ

The Department of Cell Toxicology, at The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), invites applications for 4 full-time positions over 24 months as Scientists on Chemical Hazard Indicators “toxicity and persistent toxicity” with new approach methodologies.


  • Place of work: Leipzig.
  • Working time 100% (39h/week).
  • Contract: limited contract / 24 months. Start date September 2024 to January 2025.
  • Salary: Remuneration according to the TVöD public-sector up to pay grade Depending on personal requirements up to EG 14 including attractive public-sector social security benefits.

The Job

You will work in the project CoModHaz (Co-Creation process for the modernization of chemical hazard indicators), which has the goal of implementing a new hazard assessment concept based on NAMs (new approach methodologies). CoModHaz sets out to bring this novel concept into practice and test it on challenging use cases developed in a co-creation process with five practice partners from regulation (national authorities), NGOs and industry.

Your Profile

  • A Master’s or PhD in environmental sciences, (eco)toxicology, biology, (analytical) chemistry, bioanalysis or related areas.
  • Experience with analytical chemistry is desirable. 
  • A high degree of organisation and ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills (English required, German desirable).
  • Motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team within an international project.

Your Tasks

  • You are responsible for and perform one of four case studies in the project CoModHaz.
  • Development of the toxicity screening parameter CTE (cumulative toxicity equivalents).
  • Development of dosing and exposure measurement methods.
  • Collaborate with CoModHaz team members, collaboration partners at Eawag, Switzerland, and project partners from industry, regulation (national authorities), NGOs and academia.
  • Work on coupling high-throughput biodegradation assay with bioassays to quantify “persistent toxicity.”
  • Application and partial implementation of in vitro bioassays for various toxicity endpoints (CMR and ED).
  • Presentation of results at international conferences and preparation of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Application deadline: 15.06.2024
Each position focuses on a different compound group and tasks vary accordingly. For application and further information check the following links: