Do you want to use your passion to study the possible risks of exposure to
nano and microplastics for human health as a Post-Doctoral researcher? Are you
motivated to work in an team of scientists in an ambitious Dutch research
program? Do you have an excellent track-record in toxicology with proven
skills in analytical chemistry?
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
As an experienced Post Doc you will work at the Toxicology group of Wageningen
University within a Dutch research consortium on the human health risks of
nano and microplastics. The research in the Toxicology group focusses on
molecular-driven, mechanistic understanding of toxicological processes related
to human health and their translation into risk assessment for human health.
Currently micro and nanoplastics are found in the environment, the air we
breathe and the food we eat, but does this pose a human health risk? Clearly,
there is a strong societal concern on the wide occurrence of micro and nano
plastics. In this project you will study the potential effects of micro and
nanoplastics on the human intestine (in vitro). For this you will use
several in vitro cell cultures and combine this with analytical chemistry
based proteomics approaches. You will be involved in supervision of PhD and
MSc thesis students who work in our research team.
You have a PhD degree in toxicology, molecular life sciences, or a
you are highly driven and curious. "Why?" is a question you often ask,
both inside and outside of science;
you have a strong background in experimental science, and can proof that
you have the ability to perform independent lab work, and affinity for the
collaborative nature of this project;
you have experience in working with tissue cultures, molecular biology,
and analytical chemistry (LC-MS based) and proven bioinformatics skills
needed to analyze this data;
you are a team player with the wish to contribute to the group overall
you have excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For
more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special
Conditions of employment
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. We
offer you a temporary position for a period of 2 years. Gross salary of €
2.790,-. and € 4.402,-. for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in
accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-
NU) (scale 10). A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement
Sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
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;
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 8.3%;
excellent pension scheme.
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 unique 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.
Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is "To explore the potential
of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen
University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research
institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in
contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of
healthy food and living environment.
With its roughly 30 branches, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen
University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An
integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various
disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been
named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.
Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch
this video to get an idea of our green campus!
We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies
please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.
Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Hans Bouwmeester,
Associate Professor toxicology, +31(0)317 481706 or by e-mail:
For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips,
recruiter, by mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mathilde Keij, HR advisor, by
Do you want to apply?
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
This vacancy will be listed up to and including Tuesday Augusts 10th.
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.