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Postdoctoral position in cancer microbiome research

Postdoctoral researcher position in cancer microbiome research

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 Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of MathematicsPhysicsEngineeringComputer ScienceLife Sciences and Medicine. Through its dual mission of teaching and research, the FSTM seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge and train new generations of responsible citizens, in order to better understand, explain and advance society and environment we live in.

Your Role…

The Molecular Disease Mechanisms (MDM) group at the University of Luxembourg (UL) aims at understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying chronic inflammation and colorectal cancer development. We are particularly interested in understanding the role of the microbiome in CRC initiation and progression, a field that is rapidly gaining momentum. In particular, microbiome-derived metabolites have been suggested to participate in tumor progression and metastasis dissemination. Furthermore, external factors such as dietary habits and lifestyle have been shown to influence the bacterias in the gut.

In the MDM group, we are using state of the art in vitro systems (intestinal organoids) as well as in vivo CRC models (including gnotobiotic models) to address the important question of the role of microbiome-host interaction in CRC as well as understand if and how dietary regimens impact CRC. We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral researcher to join our team. She/he should have a strong background in microbiology. Expertise in animal experimentation is required.

Research area/domain


  • will independently develop and drive his/her project
  • will conduct and interpret research experiments
  • will regularly report and discuss the results
  • will work in a team and help guidance to PhD candidates
  • will have the opportunity to be involved in various projects currently running in the group
  • will be able to form valuable national and international collaborations
  • will have the opportunity to develop teaching skills by contributing to teaching in his/her area of expertise
What we expect from you…
  • PhD in Microbiology or Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Experience in molecular biology, microbiome and tumor metabolism
  • Language skills (Excellent command of English)
  • Strong background in microbiome-host interaction, specific interest in cancer metabolism and epigenetics
  • Autonomous and highly motivated

We offer…

  • Very international group and environment
  • Opportunity to work within a team of 13 people including Master and PhD students, PostDoc and research scientists.
  • UL offers a competitive salary
In Short…
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 24 Month
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Foreseen starting date: November 2021
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL04244
How to apply…

Applications should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter

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.

In return you will get…
  • 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. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for societyand industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …

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