Do you want to lead and develop our future research within the field of human and regulatory toxicology?

Senior Scientist - Human Toxicology

Deadline: 18.06.23

Norwegian Institute for Air Research

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.

NILU is seeking a highly motivated senior scientist, with a strong scientific track record in human toxicology. As senior scientist, you will take a leading role in further developing the research field of human hazard and risk assessment.


NILU offers a permanent position for a senior scientist at the Health Effects Laboratory of the Department of Environmental Chemistry. Our department is dedicated to promoting a healthy and pollution-free environment and driving the transition to a greener future. We conduct project-based research and lead the way in human toxicology and environmental chemistry. Our focus areas include studying the risks and hazards associated with chemicals, advanced materials, and managing organic and inorganic contaminants in the environment. We provide state-of-the-art facilities, including Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) certified and ISO accredited laboratories, to support your scientific program. Our research portfolio includes prestigious national and international projects, and as a Senior Scientist, you will also have opportunities to engage in international forums.

The Health Effects Laboratory team does in vitro toxicity testing for hazard identification and characterization of chemicals and particulate matter, with focus so far on nano- and advanced materials. The main research areas are genotoxicity, mutagenicity, and carcinogenicity, as well as advanced models.

We are seeking a candidate with a wide scientific network and a strong scientific track record to help solidify NILU's position as a leading research institute. You will use your toxicological expertise to develop, acquire and implement research projects in the field. We are seeking someone who is motivated to push the boundaries of the field and is passionate about making a difference by sharing their scientific findings with the public. You will contribute significantly to advancing the research field as a whole and acquiring new projects for NILU.


  • PhD in toxicology or other relevant field (e.g. cell biology, molecular biology)
  • Several years of relevant experience, with a large international scientific network
  • Expertise in regulatory toxicology, human hazard and risk assessment, NAMs, AOPs, IATA, NGRA, and SSbD
  • A strong scientific track record and extensive experience in successful acquisition, implementation, management and dissemination of international projects
  • Skilled in writing funding proposals, reports and scientific papers
  • Proficiency in English. Norwegian is not a requirement, but we recommend that the successful candidate focuses on learning the language (spoken and written) after appointment.

We collaborate extensively with national and international research institutes and universities, which may involve some travel as part of the job. The position is permanent and located at NILUs office in Kjeller, in the outskirts of Oslo.

Personal characteristics:

  • Result-oriented and with a strong position in the research field
  • A scientifically creative and flexible team player
  • A true networker and collaborator
  • An efficient, systematic and structured “doer”
  • Able to take responsibility and initiatives to develop, acquire, manage, implement, and disseminate new research projects.
  • Skilled with and comfortable disseminating results both written and orally
  • Thriving on keeping a high work pace


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 value a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working hours, work-from-home options, subsidized fitness training, great pension and insurance benefits, and a competitive salary. Most of our approximately 180 employees work at the main office in Kjeller, a short train ride from Oslo. We also have an office in Tromsø and Trondheim.

Additionally, you will experience the following working at NILU:

  • An international and interdisciplinary work environment, with colleagues from around the world. We have a total of 25 nationalities, and 33% of our employees come from international backgrounds.
  • Great creativity and generous sharing of knowledge
  • Excellent opportunities for professional development
  • A global network of partners

Application deadline is 18.06.23. 

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 +47 638 98 089, or
  •  Stein Holmsen (, phone +47 907 57 567

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