Friday, April 23, 2021

Research associate / project manager for process contaminants


We are looking for a research associate / project manager for process contaminants. Do words such as enterprising, strong understanding of content and connector perfectly describe you and have you completed an academic (MSc or PhD) programme in an area such as food chemistry? Then please keep reading!
At Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR, part of Wageningen University & Research) we focus on ensuring a safe food chain for both humans and animals. The food chain is constantly subject to change, which is why we move with it. New and established techniques are used to process food and this can create process contaminants. This concerns groups of substances such as acrylamide, furans, 3-MCPD esters, glycidyl esters and Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). We wish to expand this professional field within WFSR and are therefore looking to hire a project manager for process contaminants.
In your role as project leader for process contaminants, you will contribute to the further development of this professional field within our institute. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Implementing and supervising multi-disciplinary applied science research projects which target the entire chain and have a focus on the chemical aspects;
  • Working with colleagues to process and summarise research outcomes into partial or full reports, publications and presentations for our clients;
  • Contributing to acquisition by personally initiating and contributing to the authoring of research proposals (including public-private partnerships and other international or national proposals);
  • Further developing and representing the professional field of process contaminants.

We ask

  • An ambitious colleague who has good powers of persuasion, takes the initiative and is conscious of quality;
  • You have several years’ worth of experience in working on and preferably leading multidisciplinary technological or other research projects within the food sector;
  • You possess the ability to communicate with both clients and members of your own organisation at all levels;
  • You have completed University education, preferably postdoc, in a relevant professional field (for example in food chemistry and are interested in analytical chemistry);
  • You have good verbal and written command of Dutch and English. If you only speak English, you are prepared to learn Dutch;
  • Possession of a network within the process contaminant or food chemistry industries is an advantage.

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between € 2.790,- and € 5.183,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10 or 11).
Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.
Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

More information

You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including April 30th 2021. We scheduled the first job interviews on May 17th 2021.
Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.


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