Scientist/Senior Scientist

2023-06-12 (Europe/Oslo)
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About the position

NILU is seeking a highly motivated scientist/senior scientist to work in the research field of human toxicology.

NILU offers a permanent position at the section for Health Effects Laboratory of the department of Environmental Chemistry. The department aims at contributing to a healthy and zero-pollution environment and a green transition by performing project-based research and being a research provider at the forefront of human toxicology and environmental chemistry. We focus on research related to human hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, particulate matter and nano-/advanced materials, chemical management and trace level analysis of organic and inorganic contaminants in the whole environment. We offer a very advanced and extensive infrastructure, and high-quality research in Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) certified and ISO accredited laboratories. Our research portfolio covers high profile projects at both national and international levels.

The Health Effects Laboratory is doing in vitro toxicity testing for hazard identification and characterization of chemicals and particulate matter in standard and advanced in vitro models., with focus on nano- and advanced materials. Main research areas are genotoxicity, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity.

We are looking for a candidate who loves toxicological research and experimental work in the laboratory with good communication skills and a positive attitude to work and colleagues, who will contribute to strengthen the position of NILU as a leading research institute within human hazard assessment and a zero-pollution environment. You will use your toxicological expertise to contribute to the work in the Health Effects Laboratory, as well as acquire and implement research projects in the field. We are further seeking a person with an interest in making an impact through scientific and public dissemination of results.

The chosen candidate will get good opportunities for career development in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD in toxicology or other relevant field (e.g. cell biology, molecular biology)
  • Relevant experience with cell culture work and in vitro hazard identification and characterization
  • Knowledge in advanced models, genotoxicity and nanosafety preferred
  • Proficient English (written and oral). Norwegian is not a requirement, but we recommend that the successful candidate focuses on learning the language (spoken and written) after appointment.

We have extensive collaboration with national and international research institutes and universities, so travel activities are to be expected as part of the work. The position is permanent and located at NILUs office in Kjeller.

Personal characteristics

  • A scientifically creative and flexible team player and true networker
  • An efficient, systematic and structured doer
  • A responsible, enthusiastic and ambitious researcher
  • Skilled and comfortable to disseminate results both written and orally

We offer

At NILU, we work for our common future. Our research contributes to the fight against climate change and hazardous pollutants, and to secure a healthy environment and a sustainable society. This means that work is more than just work: what we do each day makes a difference.

We believe in a healthy balance between work and leisure. We offer flexible working hours, work-from-home agreements, subsidised fitness training, excellent pension and insurance schemes and a competitive salary.

During a working day at NILU, you will encounter:

  • An international and interdisciplinary work environment with pleasant colleagues from all over the world (25 nationalities, 33% international colleagues)
  • Team work
  • Great creativity and generous sharing of knowledge
  • Broad experience and excellent opportunities for professional development
  • A global network of partners

Most of our approximately 180 employees work at the main office in Kjeller, a short train ride from Oslo. We also have offices in Tromsø and in Trondheim.

Questions about the position

Further details about NILU can be found at

Informal enquiries about the position can be directed to Head of Section Elise Rundén Pran (, phone +47 970 15315, Research Director Pernilla Bohlin Nizzetto (, phone +47 63 89 80 89.


About NILU

At NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research, our greatest strength is our outstanding employees. They contribute to NILU’s leading position both nationally and internationally – and to a pleasant working environment.

We do research from pole to pole – from Zeppelin in Svalbard to Trollhaugen in Antarctica. Our research helps increase knowledge about climate change, the composition of the atmosphere, air quality, sustainable transitions and environmental toxins – as well as how all these factors affect health and the environment. Every year, NILU performs hundreds of research commissions, large and small, for public and private customers, in Norway and internationally.

NILU is an independent research foundation with no owners who collect dividends. Instead, all profits are reinvested in operating and developing research services that benefit society. We place great emphasis on open research, open publishing, and open source code – because knowledge is meant to be shared.

At NILU, all employees are equal, regardless of gender, age, disability, creed/philosophy of life, language, cultural differences and sexual orientation. We respect and value individual characteristics, and do not accept any form of discrimination.

Job details

Scientist/Senior Scientist
Instituttveien 18 Lillestrøm, Norway
Application deadline
2023-06-12 23:59 (Europe/Oslo)
2023-06-12 23:59 (CET)
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NILU –  Norwegian Institute for Air Research is an independent, nonprofit institution that was established in 1969.

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