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    • Wageningen
  • Full time
  • Recruitment


  • Analytical chemistry


  • Staff Scientist

Apply by: 2023-02-14

Junior Scientist Food Residue Analysis

Published 2022-08-22

Have you worked with GC- or LC-(HR)MS? Do you want to improve your skills and knowledge in analytical chemistry? Would you like to know everything about residues such as hormones or antibiotics in feed and food, and be involved in challenging projects for example in relation to the circular economy, climate change and new protein sources? Maybe then you are the one we are looking for in our veterinary drugs research teams! We have a vacancy for junior scientist Food Residue Analysis.

What will you be doing
In the role as junior Scientist you will have the following tasks and responsibilities:
  • participate in research projects on a wide range of topics
  • stay up to date on and share new developments in the field of analytical techniques
  • shared responsibility for designing and preparation of experiments
  • execute lab experiments related to residue analyses under the quality assurance system ISO 17025
  • analyse, interpret, report and discuss results with experts and project teams, including advice for next steps
  • advice colleagues on the application of analytical techniques and methods.
  • responsible for critical evaluation of equipment, methods and techniques and pro-actively proposing points for improvement
Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic junior scientist to strengthen our team. Our projects involve developing and improving analytical methods for growth promotors and veterinary drugs in a variety of different matrices. We enjoy the new challenging projects regarding food and feed safety, for example in relation to the circular economy, climate change and new protein sources. An essential part of our work is therefore being able to analyze traditional and new food and food related materials. We use the latest methodologies in GC- or LC-(HR)MS to contribute to food safety.

  • You have an MSc degree in analytical chemistry (or related subject)
  • work experience in GC- and/or LC-(HR)MS analyses
  • affinity with statistics and data analysis is a plus
  • effective communication skills in English and Dutch or the willingness to learn Dutch
  • a team player with a hands-on attitude, with the following key competences: accurate, results oriented, analytical, well-organised, good communication skills, pro-active attitude and willingness to learn.
Openness, supportive and flexibility are core characteristics of the team. As research scientist you will work in projects in close collaboration with other research scientist and analysts and with colleagues from other groups.

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 €2949 and €4809 for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10).

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 17th 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
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.

Natalie Cleton - Brunsveld, Teamlead Animal Drugs 2, +31 6 3432 9822 or by e-mail natalie.cleton-brunsveld@wur.nl.
For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, Recruiter, by e-mail rutger.voorrips@wur.nl 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.
Don't wait with your application. As soon as we have suitable candidates we will start the first interviews. Will we talk to you soon?

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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