Research Assistant Food Process Technology

Wageningen University
February 18, 2023
Offerd Salary:€2.949
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Job description

Do you want to be part of a challenging research environment and work on solutions for the major challenges in our food system? Do you have a heart for sustainability, food quality and healthy nutrition? Then a job at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is the ideal place for you!

As Research Assistant Food Technology, you will contribute to the (further) development of new products and process technologies for the food industry. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (WFBR), part of Wageningen University & Research, offers you a challenging and market-oriented environment where motivated scientific professionals conduct research for companies, government and knowledge institutions. Within WFBR, the Food Technology group develops knowledge and equipment for the sustainable production of new, healthy and safe foods, such as meat and dairy substitutes based on vegetable proteins, and products with less salt or fat. New production techniques are also often used, such as extrusion, 3D printing or shear cell technology. We work on research projects for our clients, in which the scientific focus is on the relationship between raw materials, formulation, process technology and product properties. As Research Assistant Food Technology you contribute to these research projects, e.g. by conducting experiments at one of our laboratories, or small-scale production runs at our pilot facility.

Among other things, you will perform the following activities:

  • collaborating in multidisciplinary applied scientific research projects aimed at the development of new products based on sustainable ingredients and innovative process technologies;
  • carrying out product application and characterization experiments on food products and ingredients (e.g., physico-chemical analyses), together with other researchers;
  • conducting lab and pilot scale experiments with existing and new technologies and raw materials, together with other researchers;
  • analyzing, interpreting and reporting research results;
  • the daily management of the equipment and activities in our pilot hall and laboratories for product development, bakery research and physico-chemical analyses.
  • You will work together with enthusiastic colleagues in a diverse and international team.



    You are an ambitious and quality-conscious colleague with an inquiring mind, who is able to conduct experiments and report results, both autonomously and in collaboration with a project team. Your expertise combined with your drive to translate scientific knowledge into industrial applications sets you apart from the other candidates.

    You also have:

  • a completed higher professional education (in Dutch: HBO) in the field of food technology, chemical technology, physico-chemical analysis or a related study. A number of years of work experience in R&D within the food industry or experience with pilot-scale research for food production is an advantage;
  • substantive knowledge of process technologies for the production of food products, physico-chemical and rheological properties of food products and the ingredients used for this.
  • excellent communication skills and a good oral and written command of the English language.
  • You can see that there are plenty of challenges ahead of you. These challenges can also be seen as development opportunities. So if you do not yet have the track-record required in the vacancy, but do have solid work experience, we would also like to invite you to apply.


    Conditions of employment

    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 compensation hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially 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 4%;
  • 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 €2.949,- and €4.809,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 9-10). Additionally, a contract for 0.8 FTE can be discussed.

    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.

    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 18th 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.

    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. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.


    Employer Wageningen University & Research

    The mission of Wageningen University & 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, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR's Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

    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.


    Additional information

    Do you want more information? For more information about this position, please contact Ben Langelaan, R&D manager Food Technology, via e-mail: [email protected] For more information about the procedure, please contact Paul Snijder, Senior Recruiter, via email: [email protected]

    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 approval. This vacancy will be listed up to and including 30th of January, 2023. We hope to schedule the first job interviews in the week of 6th of February 2023.

    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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