Postdoc position Exposure assessment to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and 5G - a citizen science approach (0.6 - 1.0 FTE)

Postdoc position Exposure assessment to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and 5G - a citizen science approach (0.6 - 1.0 FTE)

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9 Nov 30 Nov Utrecht

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Do you have affinity with data analysis and do you have an interest in interdisciplinary work? Then we are looking for you.

Job description

The Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) is looking for a PostDoc in the field of exposure science. The research will focus on assessing exposure of humans from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields applying a citizen science approach.

With the introduction of 5G, exposure profiles in the environment, of humans and the interaction of the fields with bodies changes rapidly. Therefore, new tools are necessary to assess exposure to these kind of fields in a valid way, so that informative health assessments can be performed. This project builds upon our previous research on the health effects of non-ionizing radiation and is embedded in the EU Horizon-funded project “ETAIN”. In ETAIN we will, together with several European partners, develop an app capable to assess exposure of areas and persons, and actual received dose of users. The PostDoc position is centered around developing the app for exposure assessment, as well as the uptake and dissemination of the method in larger groups with a focus on citizen science and communication, in addition to project management tasks.

The position will be embedded within the One Health Chemical (OHC) group of the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University. The OHC group is a large dynamic interdisciplinary research focusing on the environmental determinants of health. We believe in team science and are thus looking for a teamplayer.


Utrecht University


We are looking for candidates with:
  • a PhD in environmental or life sciences, epidemiology or health statistics, or a closely-related field and with an interest in interdisciplinary work;
  • good communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to work both independently and within collaborative, multidisciplinary teams; 
  • organizational and time management skills. Some affinity to data analysis is certainly a plus. Because of the citizen science approach, very good Dutch language skills are a must.

Conditions of employment

This is an appointment of 0.6-1.0 FTE for the duration of one year. After a positive evaluation, the appointment will be extended by another three years. The minimum gross salary is €2,960 and the maximum gross salary is €4,670 (scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities) per month, at a full-time employment. Besides that, you will receive a holiday allowance of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %.

Utrecht University also has an appealing package of terms of employment, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development and an excellent pension scheme. For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a unique position in the Netherlands. Not only is this the only institution where veterinarians are trained, researchers are also working together on innovative scientific research. In addition, the faculty provides specialist clinical care in the largest academic veterinary hospital in Europe. Thanks to this position, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is a point of contact for all veterinary matters, both nationally and increasingly internationally. The faculty employs approximately 900 veterinarians, scientists and support staff and counts 1.500 students.

The position will be at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Utrecht University. IRAS is a leading research group with a proven track-record on occupational and environmental epidemiology and risk assessment.

Utrecht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, with a charming old centre and an internationally oriented culture The city with a population of nearly 360,000 is strongly influenced by its century-old university  and forms a hub in the middle of the country. Its ancient city centre and its modern central station can easily be reached from the Utrecht Science Park by public transport or by a 15 minute bicycle ride. Utrecht boasts beautiful canals with extraordinary wharf cellars housing cafés and terraces by the water, as well as a broad variety of shops and boutiques.



  • Postdoc
  • 20—40 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1199612



Yalelaan 2, 3584 CM, Utrecht

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