Post-Doctoral researcher in “Space Radiobiology” (all genders)

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt operates one of the leading particle accelerators for science. In the next few years, the new FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) one of the world's largest research projects, will be built in international cooperation. GSI and FAIR offer the opportunity to work together in this international environment with a team of employees committed to ensure each day to conduct world-class science.


The Biophysics department is an interdisciplinary collaboration of biologists, physicists, chemists, biochemists and technicians. The multidisciplinary research in our group covers a wide range of topics from radiobiology, radiation physics and space research to radiation therapy.


The ‘Biophysics (BIO)’ department is looking for a


Post-Doctoral researcher in “Space Radiobiology” (all genders)


Posting ID: 23.17-1570



The candidate will join the “Space Radiobiology” research group in the Biophysics department and work on the “HEARTS” project, a collaborative project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe programme on “High-Energy Accelerators for Radiation Testing and Shielding”. The main purpose of the project is to provide high-energy heavy ion accelerator access to space users, in order to mimic the effect of Galactic Cosmic Rays at ground level. The post-doctoral researcher will be involved in the radiobiology experiments of the HEARTS project, which will be performed with the newly developed GCR/SPE simulator at GSI and compared to experiments with single 56Fe-ions at 1 GeV/n, which has long been used as a proxy for the heavy ion component in deep space. In addition, the project aims to determine if the allegedly increased biological effectiveness of thicker shielding material can indeed be observed experimentally. The latter information is particularly important for the Lunar base developments, where thick shields are conceivable.


Next to the project milestones of the “HEARTS” project, the post-doctoral researcher will collaborate closely with other members of the Space Radiobiology research group and will be involved in radiobiology experiments at several high-energy accelerator institutes and collaborate internationally with different radiobiology groups.


Your tasks:

  • Develop and implement novel biological models, including mouse models relevant to space radiobiology research
  • Participate in the design and execution of experimental studies devoted to in vitro and in vivo radiobiology research
  • Conduct and supervise molecular and cell biology irradiation experiments
  • Analysis of cellular biology and omics datasets
  • Responsible for scientific dissemination, publications and project reports
  • Support postgraduate radiobiology students in the group, by providing scientific guidance, as well as in the implementation and execution of experiments.


Your profile:

  • PhD degree in Biology, Medical Biosciences, Cell/Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics or related disciplines
  • Experience and a publication track record in the field of radiation biology
  • A solid, hands-on experience in cell culturing and common methods in molecular and cell biology techniques, as well as in radiation experiments with biological samples
  • Experience in statistical methods for data analysis (Excell, GraphPad, FlowJo…)
  • Good communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Creative, enthusiastic and result driven mind-set
  • Proven experience in radiation experiments
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken
  • Ability to work in a team


Considered as an advantage, but not as a requirement:

  • Experience in PCR and sequencing assays, immunofluorescent microscopy, flowcytometry
  • Experience in histology, imaging and behavioral assessment of lab animals (FELASA certificate)
  • 2 years or more experience in post-PhD research
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics and high-dimensional data analysis



We offer an interesting position in an innovative, interdisciplinary and well-equipped research group that is world leading in biophysics and radiation biology research with charged particle beams. In addition, the institute is selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to perform research on biological and physical effects of space radiation under the IBPER program. The post-doctoral researcher will benefit from international exposure through this network and will be part of a EU Horizon-funded international research collaboration.


The contract is limited for 3 years, starting preferably before July 2023. The salary is based on the collective agreement for public employees (TVöD).


GSI supports the vocational development of women. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply for the position. Handicapped persons will be preferentially considered, when equally qualified.


Questions regarding this position should be sent to Dr Charlot Vandevoorde (c.vandevoorde(at) or Prof Dr Marco Durante (m.durante(at) Further information about FAIR and GSI is available at and


If you are interested in working in an exceptional international, highly technical environment, please send your complete application documents, including your salary expectations, with 2 references and details of your earliest possible starting date, quoting the posting ID 23.17-1570, by 02. April 2023 at the latest:


Preferred via the online portal on our job site,


or via email to bewerbung(at)


GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH








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