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Job Type: Wissenschaftliche Jobausschreibungen

Exposure to perflourinated alkylated compounds (PFAS) in an Austrian birth cohort and their impact on birth weight

Toxicology, Environmental health
Department of Environmental Health, ZPH, Medical University of Vienna
Closing Date


Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) represent a class of technical chemicals, which do not occur naturally in the environment. PFAS are widely used to make products more stain-resistant, waterproof and/or non-sticking. Among PFASs, perfluoroocatnoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) represent the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. Both chemicals are very persistent in the environment and accumulate in the human body. Their detectable environmental concentration levels decrease only slowly over time, increasing concerns about possible health effects. This is of specific concern in a prenatal exposure where PFAS has previously been shown to be associated with lower birth weight.

Within the framework of the European-wide Human Biomonitoring HBM4EU-project, we are looking for a highly motivated, self-driven PhD* student with a strong interest in environmental toxicology. A background in biology, toxicology, or any related field is desirable. Skills and experience in common biochemical/toxicological laboratory tasks are very welcome. We offer an attractive working environment and an established wide expertise in the field of environmental toxins.

Starting date: As soon as possible

Duration: 3 years, 20h position

Payment: regular (FWF salary)


Main contact
Name: Hanns Moshammer
Phone: +43 1 40160 34935
Fax: +43 1 40160 934903

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