Senior researcher toxicology

Are you a toxicologist with experience in in vitro toxicokinetics and immunotoxicology? Do you want to work in a state-of-the-art research environment? Do you want to develop and apply animal-free models for kinetic and hazard assessment of chemical contaminants in food and feed?

We have a vacancy for a Senior Researcher Toxicology to join the Toxicology Team of Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR).

What you will do

You will work as a scientist and project leader in a variety of ongoing research projects and will write scientific papers and reports, interact with stakeholders and acquire and manage new projects in the area of food toxicology.Using experimental data, literature review, stakeholder consultation, and your own expertise, you will evaluate new and existing hazards and food safety issues.Together with the team you will work on the development, refinement, validation, application, and regulatory acceptance of NAMs (New Approach Methodologies).

These include a variety of in vitro and in silico approaches to study kinetics and hazards of (foodborne) chemicals, such as cell-based models of varying complexity, in vitro toxicokinetics, physiology based kinetic (PBK) modelling, and other assays and tools used for e.g. read-across and quantitative in vitro to in vivo extrapolations (QIVIVE). Currently the team consists of 15 colleagues. Our working culture can be described as open, innovative and social.Wageningen Food Safety Research conducts high-quality independent research into safe and reliable food. Most of our work is commissioned by the Dutch government and our main clients are the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). In addition, we collaborate with many national and international partners in a variety of projects funded among others by the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority.

We ask

You have:

  • A PhD in (food) toxicology or related discipline, preferably with ERT;
  • Experience with in vitro toxicokinetics and immunotoxicology;
  • Good writing, networking and acquisition skills, with a proven track record;
  • Good communications skills in English, a broad perspective and the ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and different projects.

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 compensation hours by working 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;
  • 8% holiday allowance in May;
  • 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 €3527,- and €6229,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 11 – 12). Additionally, a contract for 32 hours a week 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.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. 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

For more information about this position, please contact Karsten Beekmann, Teamleader Toxicology, telephone +31 317 485161 or by e-mail

For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, Recruiter, by e-mail or by phone +31 317 480571.

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. Please specify your technical skills in your resume so we can see which boxes you tick from our requirements.This vacancy will be listed up to and including 31.01.2022. Don’t wait with your application. As soon as we have suitable candidates we’ll start the first interviews.

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.