Senior researcher/project leader mycotoxins

Research / Academic

Do you consider the availability of safe and wholesome food for the entire world population one of the great challenges of our era? Do you want to contribute to safe and balanced diets by securing well designed and well executed analyses of food and feed? Are you eager to take on the challenge of improving analytical techniques in this field using state-of-the-art measurement systems such as LC-(HR)MS? This might be the next step for you! The Natural Toxins team, hosting the European Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Mycotoxins and Plant toxins in food and feed is looking for an ambitious researcher/project leader mycotoxins.

  • Participate in the EURL-team on mycotoxins and plant toxins in food and feed and advise the European Commission on analytical methods for monitoring and enforcement of legal limits
  • Act as the project leader for a number of projects, mainly for the Dutch government, but also in public-private partnerships (PPP)- and EU-projects
  • Be responsible for designing and developing the scientific program(ing) in the area of analysis for mycotoxins in food and feed for the Dutch government
  • Build and maintain an (inter)national scientific network with relevant people and organizations
  • Proactively look for new opportunities in e.g. PPP- and EU-calls and write proposals in the field of mycotoxins
  • Publish the results of research in scientific journals and present them at international conferences

The team in which the position is vacant, conducts research on plant toxins, mycotoxins and phycotoxins in food and feed. The team aims to strengthen the scientific relevance of WFSR in all three areas mentioned, including its role as European Union Reference Laboratory for mycotoxins & plant toxins in food and feed. Within the team of 24 professionals you collaborate with direct colleagues, but also with other research teams within WFSR, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and outside.


  • At least 3 years experiences in mycotoxin research and a PhD in analytical chemistry, food chemistry or comparable specialization. Knowledge of instrumental analysis (LC-MS) of (myco)toxins is preferred;
  • The enthusiasm to further develop your knowledge and experience in instrumental mycotoxin analysis and research;
  • Experience with acquisition of new projects;
  • A creative thinker and initiator with the energy to move projects in a positive and constructive way;
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English, and preferably also in Dutch or you are willing to learn Dutch.

Salary Benefits:

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 4 hours a week (additional to a full-time working week of 36 hours);
  • possibilities for 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 an appropriate salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between €4149,- and €6229,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 12).

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 the Netherlands, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

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Work Hours:

36 hours per week