Laboratoire national de santé (Luxembourg public institution)is recruiting an Experienced Technical Responsible – Indoor Microbiology (PhD) (m/f)
For the Unit ‘Environmental Hygiene and Human Biological Monitoring’ (Department Health Protection) in a full time position (40h/week) with a permanent contract starting at the earliest convenience.
About the Laboratoire national de santé (LNS) and the Unit ‘Environmental Hygiene and Human Biological Monitoring’:
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 Unit ‘Environmental Hygiene and Human Biological Monitoring’ has strong expertise in indoor pollution, occupational hygiene and human biomonitoring. For indoor pollution, the Unit is in charge of the national surveillance programs in Luxembourg, as authorized by the Ministry of Health. This includes that, if a medical doctor suspects a potential link with the indoor environment during patient consultation, the medical doctor can write a medical prescription for on-site investigations in the patient’s house. After authorization by the Ministry of Health, the Department Health Protection goes to the patient’s house to take the samples (sampling of air, dust and building materials, as well as human samples including for example urine and blood). Samples are then brought to the Unit ‘Environmental Hygiene and Human Biological Monitoring’ for analysis in the laboratory. Apart from patient’s houses, the Unit is also in charge of indoor investigations in schools, day-care facilities and public buildings, such as hospitals and government administrations. In this context, and apart from the on-site investigations and laboratory analyses, the Unit also closely assist its clients by providing counselling and working together towards solutions.
Until now, the Unit has been focusing exclusively on chemical substances that are harmful for human health, such as volatile organic compounds, phthalates, metals,…. At the request of the Ministry of Health, the Unit ‘Environmental Hygiene and Human Biological Monitoring’ will now set-up a service in mould analyses and this according to the state-of-the art guidelines that are in place internationally. More specifically, the Unit will add the investigation of moulds to each of the on-site investigations in the patients’ houses as well as for pathologies suspect of being caused or aggravated by moulds in the other settings.
As a technical responsible/ PhD scientist, you will set up a service for the analyses of moulds in the indoor environment, and this as an activity within the Unit ‘Environmental Hygiene and Human Biological Monitoring’. Therefore, you will:
This list of tasks should not be considered exhaustive. Missions may vary depending on the specific needs of the Unit.
If you meet the above profile requirements and wish to apply, please send your application (CV, letter of intent and copies of your degrees) through the application button below.
Applications will be processed in order of arrival. The utmost confidentiality will be granted to each application.