Postdoctoral researcher (with focus on Scientific Project Management) hos University of Luxembourg

About the University
The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. The University`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.
Within the University, the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) is a highly interdisciplinary research centre (IC), integrating experimental biology and computational biology approaches in order to develop the foundation of a future predictive, preventive and personalized medicine. The LCSB is currently involved in several projects in the areas of microbiome research and “One Health” and is looking for a candidate to support further developments towards a large, integrated research endeavour in this field:
In a changing and interconnected world, the functions of microbiomes have to be better understood in view of sustaining the health of the human population. Three important healthcare challenges of our time are linked to microbiomes in different ecosystems, notably the emergence of new pathogens, the spread of antimicrobial resistance genes and the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases.
The planned large-scale initiative that is currently in the early stages of development builds upon a number of already running initiatives, notably the “Expobiome” ERC Consolidator project exploring the role of microbial communities in chronic diseases as well as our Doctoral Training Unit “)” funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).
Our “One Health” initiative, with the vision to comprehensively characterise the “PathOme” in Luxembourg and to mechanistically understand the impact of the “PathOme” (“Infectome”) on infectious and chronic disease processes, aims to bridge between research and clinical applications. Systems ecology approaches will be used to better understand the roles and effects of pathogenic insults an individual encounters during a lifetime. We will shed light on how organisms respond to changing environments, what triggers the emergence of pandemics from zoonotic diseases and how human health challenges are linked to environmental factors. “One Health” is an inherently collaborative effort involving national stakeholders, as well as international partners.
At the LCSB we are passionate about what we do. Because of our continued expansion, we seek qualified candidates who share our vision, values, and commitment for future medicine. The successful candidate will be proactive, reliable, diplomatic, and a team player. The ability to work in a fast-paced international academic environment with strong attention to detail is essential.
Your Role
To support projects in the area of “One Health”, we are recruiting a:
Postdoctoral researcher (with focus on Scientific Project Management)
  • Support the scientific coordinator(s) in the development of a business plan for the “One Health” initiative and help in stakeholder analysis and management
  • Engage in and follow up on the scientific activities and communication with the scientific community
  • Ensure the development of scientific extensions to the research initiative, including international collaborations
  • Scientific content writing and reporting as well as organizing related project events, such as stakeholder meetings, scientific discussion rounds, project committee and scientific advisory board meetings and do necessary follow-ups and networking activities
  • Take care of scientific monitoring and scientific reporting to boards and funding agencies
  • Engage in outreach activities to raise public awareness and support fundraising to gain further financial support by public and private funders
  • Serve as scientific contact person of the research initiative
  • Network with researchers and stakeholders and interact with industrial current and potential future partners of the project

Your Profile
  • PhD degree in the natural/life sciences, or human medicine and practical experience in healthcare/science management, especially project management
  • Highly organized and a good coordinator, motivated and flexible
  • Reliable, efficient, and proactive in your work
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, solid stakeholder management and strong communication skills.
  • Ability to quickly adapt and effectively organize, prioritize, and execute tasks in a highly dynamic environment with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English. Additional good knowledge of German, French, and Luxembourgish are considered an asset
  • Knowledge of the Luxembourg biomedical ecosystem is considered an asset
  • High level of competency in MS Office

As a self-starter, working with minimum supervision, you will take ownership of your tasks and strive to provide a high level of service.

We Offer

  • Opportunity to participate in a big research initiative that will eventually lead to the development of new concepts for the understanding of ecosystems and how organisms respond to changing environments
  • An enthusiastic interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, clinical researchers, and fundamental scientists
  • An exciting international research environment
  • Competitive remuneration

In Short
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 12 Month
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Starting date: asap
  • Job Reference: UOL03967

Further Information
Applications (in English) shall contain the following documents:
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter mentioning the reference number, and including a paragraph with your view on potential opportunities in the “One Health” research area (maximum 0.5 page text)
  • Names and addresses of referees

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.
The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.
Here’s what awaits you at the University
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR).
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. WiFi on campus. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …

Further information
For further enquiries, please contact Dr. Cedric Christian LACZNY ()

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