The Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) is an interdisciplinary research centre of the University of Luxembourg. We conduct fundamental and translational research in the field of Systems Biology and Biomedicine – in the lab, in the clinic and in silico. We focus on neurodegenerative processes and are especially interested in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and their contributing factors.

The LCSB recruits talented scientists from various disciplines: computer scientists, mathematicians, biologists, chemists, engineers, physicists and clinicians from more than 50 countries currently work at the LCSB. We excel because we are truly interdisciplinary and together we contribute to science and society.

Successful candidates will join the Environmental Cheminformatics (ECI) group, which develops methods to identify unknown chemicals and determine their effects on human health, led by Prof. Emma Schymanski. The group pursues a fundamental shift away from single-substance assessments, towards developing generic approaches scalable to tens of thousands of chemicals, features and samples using non-target high resolution mass spectrometry, cheminformatics and data science. For more information, please visit the ECI website.

Your Role…

We are looking for a computational scientist ready to integrate the identification of unknown chemical structures (i.e. absent from any databases) into open non-target high resolution mass spectrometry workflows in exposomics, considering the latest developments in transformers, autoencoders and open structure generation approaches. This effort should build on and integrate into current approaches used in the group, including patRoonShinyscreenMS-DIAL and MetFrag.

This position is part of the ECHIDNA project, funded by the ATTRACT programme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).

What we expect from you…
  • PhD degree in computational, mathematical, environmental sciences or related fields with hands-on programming experience
  • Experience in developing/contributing to collaborative software in an open science, version-controlled environment (GitHub, GitLab)
  • Experience in non-target high resolution mass spectrometry (HR-MS/MS) workflows or structure generation approaches will be highly advantageous
  • Supportive of Open Science initiatives and willing to become an active member in international environmental, mass spectrometry and cheminformatics communities supporting researchers
  • Eagerness to contribute to the deliverables and goals of the project and group, with project members and collaborators
  • Willingness to work in a team, with project members and other LCSB colleagues
  • Fluent in English, additional skills in German and/or French will be advantageous
Here’s what awaits you at the LCSB…
  • Excellent work environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, laboratory and administrative support
  • Truly connected. We work together with hospitals and research institutes on a national and international level as well as industrial partners. Connection between science and society is very important to us. From our school lab – the Scienteens Lab – to the different outreach activities and collaborative partnerships with patient associations, we love to listen to society’s needs and share our passion for science
  • Be part of a multicultural team. At the LCSB we have more than 50 nationalities. Throughout the year, we organise team-building events, networking activities and more

Find out more about us!

In Short…
  • Contract type: Fixed Term Contract 12 Month
  • Work hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Internal title: Postdoctoral researcher
  • Job reference: UOL05923
  • Ideal starting date 1st October 2023 (position will be advertised until filled)
  • Reference: RCREQ0009250

The yearly gross salary for every Postdoctoral Researcher at the UL is EUR 81072 (full time)

How to apply…

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • A full curriculum vitae, including any publications and software developments
  • The contact details of three referees
  • A copy of any relevant diplomas
  • A cover letter indicating your motivation for this project, your match to the job requirements and a succinct description of your relevant experience and future interests.

For information only please contact Prof. Emma Schymanski ( Please use the job title and reference number mentioned above in the subject line of your email.

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply 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 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 …
About the University of Luxembourg…

University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and has more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

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