6 PhD student / 2 postdoctoral research associate / scientist positions in Aerosol / Health research

Helmholtz Zentrum München Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Munich (Landkreis), Bayern (DE), Jülich, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rehovot, Israel
December 20 2018
Health Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Helmholtz Zentrum München in Munich, Germany, is member of one of the leading research associations in Europe – the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. The aim of our research is to proactively detect health risks involving humans and the environment, decoding the mechanisms of pathogenesis and developing concepts for prevention and therapy.

6 PhD student and 2 postdoctoral research associate / scientist positions in Aerosol and Health research: Data scientist / Bioinformatician

The AeroHealth Helmholtz International Lab is a German-Israeli research initiative, addressing the health effects of fresh and atmospherically aged anthropogenic and biogenic aerosol emissions. The most relevant anthropogenic aerosol sources include biomass burning, traffic as well as industrial emissions. Important natural emissions comprise e.g. gaseous biogenic emissions, wildfires or abrasive (desert) dust. In the atmosphere new aerosol particles are formed (e.g. secondary organic aerosol, SOA) and the primary particles are chemically and physically transformed. The AeroHealth research approach is based on simulation of the polluted atmosphere and the photochemical transformation of aerosols in atmospheric simulation chambers or photochemical reactors. In addition to a thorough physical and chemical characterisation the aerosols are subjected to biological systems such as human lung cell cultures using special exposure systems for mimicking the lung situation. The biological and toxicological responses are characterized by advanced molecular biological approaches (including omics technologies). Bioinformatics and modern data science is applied to link the complex exposure situation with the biological outcomes and human health data.

The AeroHealth research program will start in April 2019. The partners in AeroHealth are the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) in Germany as well as the Weizmann Institute of Sciences in Israel (WIS). The AeroHealth Helmholtz International Lab is supported by the Impulse and Networking Funds of the Helmholtz Association initially for five years. 

For the ambiguous AeroHealth research program currently 6 PhD-student and 2 postdoctoral research associate/scientist positions are available.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application until January 26, 2019.