Job:Postdoctoral researcher: Infrastructure development for nanomaterial risk assessment
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Nanotechnologies are increasing our ability to improve our quality of life. Whether is it innovative medicine, ingredients in new beneficial products, or reducing the cost of smartphones, nanomaterials have found their way into our society. However, like any chemical of natural or synthetic source, sometimes the chemical substance causes adverse outcomes. The European Union has funded research projects to explore nanomaterials, their many uses, and their potential toxicity. Furthermore, there is an increasing interest in the development of Adverse Outcome Pathways for the regulation of chemicals on the market,particularly when combined with molecular pathways, such as found in WikiPathways. However, a common language and infrastructure is missing that unites these research fields. Two EU consortium projects, eNanoMapper (FP7, finished) and NanoCommons, provide solutions to bridge between the fields, and it is now essential that these methods get adopted in predictive toxicology, risk assessment, and risk governance to advise the European Commission.

In your position as a postdoctoral researcher, you will combine solutions from eNanoMapper and NanoCommons with AOP and computation solutions from the EU-ToxRisk and OpenRiskNet projects.

Your role in the NanoSolveIT project gravitates around the work package focused on setting up the proper infrastructure by reusing solutions from the previous projects. This involves Docker solutions, FAIR data, and particularly data management with ontology annotation. Within the RiskGONE project these approaches will be applied to risk governance. Here, the expected outcome of your work are research papers that describe an innovative approach for risk governance reports that are FAIR from the ground up.

The candidate will contribute to grant writing activities to bring funding to the lab and take on educational roles at Maastricht University.

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