Principal Investigator Quantitative Risk Assessment

Principal Investigator Quantitative Risk Assessment

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11 Feb 8 Mar Wageningen

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Do you agree that our eating habits should not lead to health problems? Are you the scientist who wants to lead a team and contribute to the domain of food safety? Then we have an interesting position for you with experts from Biometris Wageningen University & Research in collaboration with RIVM!

Are you an expert in quantitative modelling and interested in developing real-world applications in an international setting? At Biometris/WUR, we connect consumption, chemical occurrence and toxicological data to assess the impact of, e.g., the exposure to pesticides, on human health. Our eating habits should not lead to health problems, and food safety is therefore controlled by a range of risk assessment and management procedures.

Ambitions in the European Green Deal and the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability demand advanced organisation and modelling of data coming from diverse areas such as non-animal testing, in silico modelling and biomonitoring studies. Advanced probabilistic models are needed to link more and more data varying in type, size, granularity, quality, and completeness.

We are looking for a scientist to lead a small team of researchers and software developers. As principal investigator, you will be responsible for directing Biometris' scientific expertise in quantitative modelling in the domain of food chemical safety assessment. Your tasks will include developing and implementing science-based models for chemical risk assessment, acquiring new projects in national and international settings, and using your specific scientific background to explore new directions and possibilities.

The team has strong collaborations with national partners (e.g., RIVM) and international partners (such as the European Food Safety Authority) to develop probabilistic models for exposure, hazard and risk assessment, and implement these, for example in the Monte Carlo Risk Assessment platform (


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  • A PhD in data science, statistics or a related field with a strong quantitative component;
  • Demonstrable leadership experience with excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to overview wide and complex networks of statistical tools and models;
  • Expertise in the area of food safety addressing data science/statistics, computer science and regulatory applications;
  • Ability to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment with internal and external partners to establish connections between data and models for practical applications in (regulatory) risk assessment;
  • Demonstrable experience in developing opportunities for research projects to scientifically contribute to quantitative model development.
If you feel you are a perfect candidate for this position, but do not check all the boxes: do apply! We at WUR value the personal development of our employees.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • the work location is Wageningen, but hybrid working forms can be discussed;
  • working hours can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • 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, a challenging position with experts from Biometris in collaboration with RIVM and depending depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between € 3.989,-and € 6.710,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 12,13). This position will be initially be appointed for two years. After a positive evaluation there is the posibility to obtain a permanent position.

The starting date is to be determined.

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 po 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 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.

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Biometris is one of the largest groups of quantitative scientists in North-Western Europe. We develop statistical and mathematical methods for the quantification of biological processes and processes in our living environment. These methods are applied and validated in practice and are often available as software packages. We cover a wide range of application areas, from gene to ecosystem and from product to production chain. Our goal is to bring quantitative methods to life!


  • PhD
  • Food
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P874685-1


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