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Postdoc (m/f/d) in Biological effects of radon exposure

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt operates one of the leading particle accelerators for science. In the next few years, the new FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) one of the world’s largest research projects, will be built in international cooperation. GSI and FAIR offer the opportunity to work together in this international environment with a team of employees committed to ensure each day to conduct world-class science.


The Biophysics department is an interdisciplinary collaboration of biologists, physicists, chemists, biochemists and technicians. The multidisciplinary research in our group covers a wide range of topics from radiobiology, radiation physics and space research to radiation therapy.


The working group “Immune system and Tissue Radiobiology” investigates specific effects of particle exposure in tissue and the role of the immune system. One topic are the biological effects of radon exposure, i.e. the investigation of the cellular and molecular basis of anti-inflammatory effects observed after low dose radiation exposure. We focus on effects caused by the α-particle emitter radon, a radioactive noble gas evaporating from soil and rocks. Radon exposure in galleries and spa is used to treat chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriasis. This work in cellular and animal models is performed in the frame of a consortium with study lead at GSI (GREWIS-α, Genetic risk and anti-inflammatory effects of ionizing radiation, funded by BMBF, 02NUK050A). More Information:




The GSI biophysics group is looking for a

Postdoc (m/f/d) in

Biological effects of radon exposure

Posting ID: 1500-19.138



Job Desription:

The candidate will conduct and coordinate the radiation experiments planned in the frame of the working package “Osteoimmunological impact of radon exposure”. He/she will supervise students and technical assistants. She/he will actively participate in publishing the obtained results.


The planned tasks comprise:

  • Planning and performing experiments using X-ray tube, particle accelerator, α-source and radon chamber.
  • Conducting animal, ex vivo and in vitro experiments on the radiation effects of primary progenitor cells (bone, adipose tissue, synovial and endothelial cells) and their interaction with immune cells.
  • Participating in biomedical investigations in the frame of patient studies (radon, low dose X-rays)


Your Qualification:

  • PhD degree in Biology or Biotechnology
  • Experience in methods of molecular biology (Western Blot, Immunofluorescence, PCR, Flow-Cytometry).
  • Experience in cell/tissue culture and histology.
  • Experience in animal handling and experiments (is an advantage)
  • High interest in interdisciplinary topics from biology and physics
  • High motivation and the ability to work independently


Our offer:

  • Working in an innovative, interdisciplinary and excellently equipped research group that is world leading in several fields of research
  • Research in biological models of different complexity
  • Research activities embedded in a large national consortium (GREWIS-α, study lead at GSI)


The position is initially limited to 1 year. Salary is equivalent to that for public employees as specified in the collective agreement for public employees (TVöD Bund).


GSI supports the vocational development of women. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply for the position.


Handicapped persons will be preferentially considered when equally qualified.


For further information, please contact Prof. C. Fournier via telephone: +49(0)6159/71-3692 or email: c.fournier(at)gsi.de. Information about FAIR and GSI is available at www.gsi.de and www.fair-center.eu.


If you find this position interesting, please send your full application documents, including the desired salary, with information of your earliest possible starting date and the Posting ID above to the following address by November, 15th, 2019 to:


GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Abteilung Personal
Planckstrasse 1
64291 Darmstadt


or by email to: bewerbung(at)gsi.de


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