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Technical Responsible / Quality Referent (PhD Chemistry or Biochemistry) (m/f)

Type of contract: Full-time and undetermined duration contract (CDI)

“ Laboratoire national de santé ” is recruiting an experienced  Technical Responsible / Quality Referent (PhD Chemistry or Biochemistry) (m/f) for his Department Health Protection, a full time and permanent position.


About the Laboratoire national de santé (LNS) and the Department Health Protection:


The “Laboratoire national de santé” (LNS) is a public institution under the supervision of the ministry of Health in Luxembourg. Organised as a multidisciplinary institute and supported by a professional services team, the LNS includes four scientific departments in the fields of medical biology, microbiology, forensic medicine and health protection, in addition to hosting the National Center of Pathology and the National Center of Genetics.


The LNS has its new premises in Dudelange, with state of the art, modern infrastructure in line with recent developments in medical sciences.

Its objective is to develop scientific and analytical expertise related to the prevention, diagnosis and monitoring of human diseases. Its ultimate mission is to serve patients and citizens and offer excellence in health care.


The Department Health Protection consists of two Units:

The Unit ‘Surveillance Alimentaire (ALI)’ is in charge of a major part of the food control in Luxembourg and hosts 12 National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) in food control. The multidisciplinary team has strong expertise in organic chemistry, molecular biology and food microbiology. The Unit ‘Surveillance Alimentaire’ is ISO 17 025 accredited.

The Unit ‘Environmental Hygiene and Human Biological Monitoring (SUBI)’ has strong expertise in indoor pollution, migration analyses, and biological and occupational surveillance. The laboratory is working towards the new version of ISO 17 025 accreditation for the environmental, occupational and human biomonitoring activities and an expansion of the supplementary accreditation ISO 15 189 for the human biomonitoring activities.




Job description:

As a scientist, you will expand the metal analysis activities inside the Unit ‘Environmental Hygiene and Human Biological Monitoring (SUBI)’. Therefore, you will

  • Optimize existing methods and develop new methods for the analyses of metals and nanomaterials in samples collected for the indoor environment and for human biomonitoring (using ICP-MS/MS, LC-ICP-MS, etc.);
  • Validate methods according to the quality system;
  • Supervise the analytical work in the laboratory;
  • Participate in the daily maintenances and problem solving related to the analytical instruments (ICP-MS/MS and LC-ICP-MS, etc);
  • Participate actively in the management of the Unit;
  • Participate in the national and international networking and research projects of the Unit.


As quality referent, you assist in the quality system and accreditation in the Department Health Protection, and you support more intensively the Unit ‘Environmental Hygiene and Human Biological Monitoring (SUBI)’:

  • You build up the quality system for the new version ISO 17 025 for the environmental, occupational and human biomonitoring analyses;
  • You build up the quality system for the supplementary accreditation ISO 15 189 for the human biomonitoring analyses, and also realize the accreditation of additional parameters in this field;
  • You guide the team members to these new accreditation norms and, together with the Unit head, you are responsible for the implementation of the norms by the team members;
  • You represent the Department in the inter-departmental meetings organised by LNS Central Quality (Direction) and follow-up the audits and the networking with the different quality actors.


Job specific skills:

  • A PhD in chemistry, biochemistry or a related field, with specialization in ICP-MS and LC-ICP-MS for the analysis of metals and nanomaterial in environmental and human biological samples;
  • Knowledge of other analytical techniques (HPLC, GC and MS/MS) is considered an asset;
  • Experience of more than 5 years, including track record, in the method development of metals and nanomaterials in a chemical laboratory, preferentially in the field of environmental and occupational health;
  • Experience of more than 3 years in an accredited chemical laboratory, including track record of implementation and/or setting-up of accreditation/quality processes;
  • Good knowledge of the ISO 17025 and 15189;
  • A perfect fluency in English and French (oral and written). Working proficiency in Luxembourgish and/or German is considered as an advantage.


Key skills:

  • Strong organizational skills and structured way of working;
  • Strong analytical thinking;
  • Strong networking and communication skills;
  • Excellent team working skills;
  • Result and client oriented mindset;
  • Ability to generate the necessary information from the working context to report to and interact with upper management levels and supporting services.


We offer:

  • A highly competitive salary
  • A dynamic department in full expansion and developing new activities at request of its stakeholders
  • An international and multidisciplinary environment
  • Continuous training possibilities


If you meet the above profile requirements and wish to apply, please send your application (CV, letter of intent and copies of your degrees).