Postdoctoral researcher in sensory research

Postdoctoral researcher in sensory research

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18 Jun 24 Jul Amsterdam

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Job description

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS), one of the largest institutes of the Faculty of Science, has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral researcher in sensory research.

As postdoc you will work within a large collaborative NWO-funded project ('Chemosense') together with partners at Wageningen University, Leiden University, DSM and Unilever. The Chemosense project entails studying and modeling the relationship between sensory characteristics and advanced chemical analysis of food and taste ingredients. Your task in this project is to develop models for these relationships based on data collected by the partners. These models will need to accommodate nonlinearities and threshold characteristics present in the data using advanced multivariate data analysis and machine learning techniques. 


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


You should have a PhD degree in a relevant field ( for example (bio-) statistics, machine learning, chemometrics or sensometrics) and a solid background in applying data analysis techniques to a variety of chemical and/or sensory data.

Conditions of employment

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 1 year and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended with two more years to a total duration of 3 years.  

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary in the first year will be maximal €3475 (scale 10-7). The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. There are also secondary benefits, such as an 8% holiday allowance per year and an end of year allowance of 8.3%.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.  

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the largest institutes of the Faculty of Science. Our approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centered on three themes:

  1. Cell & Systems Biology
  2. Neurosciences, and
  3. Molecular Life Sciences.

The research group Biosystems Data Analysis is part of the Cell & Systems Biology theme and investigates methods to analyze biological data of diverse nature. In this context we are seeking for a postdoc to engage in a large collaborative project with partners in industry and at universities.


  • Postdoc positions
  • Natural Sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week, temporary
  • €2588—€3475 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 18-357


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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