Postdoc on the Enrichment of Population Studies with Exposome Data (1.0 FTE)

Postdoc on the Enrichment of Population Studies with Exposome Data (1.0 FTE)

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4 Jan 27 Jan Utrecht

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Are you the enthusiastic, ambitious and independent thinker, who has excellent writing skills and is a team player we are looking for?

Job description

Cardiovascular diseases and cancer continue to dominate as the leading cause of death and morbidity across the EU. There is a huge potential to improve the prevention and treatment of these chronic diseases by fully incorporating data on the influence of environmental and lifestyle factors (the exposome), either measured in the environment or in the human body, collected in population studies.

We offer an exciting postdoctoral position within several recently funded European research projects. The successful candidate will work on the enrichment of large European population studies with external and internal (metabolomics) exposome data and will use the data to study the interaction between the genome and exposome on health and chronic disease. Your study results will be used to inform novel strategies for prevention and treatment of chronic disease in Europe.


Utrecht University


We are looking for an enthusiastic, ambitious and independent thinker, who has excellent writing skills and is a team player. You hold a PhD in (medical) statistics, computational epidemiology, or a related discipline. Affinity with environmental health, human biomonitoring and/or OMICs data is valued. Furthermore, you have strong programming skills, and are comfortable working with large-scale data. You are willing to travel, have an appropriate publication record and are willing to apply for grant funding.

Candidates with the following skills are especially encouraged to apply:

  • Experience in statistical analyses with R.;
  • Knowledge of preprocessing in high-dimensional (OMICs) data;
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills (written and spoken);
  • A strong motivation to work in a multidisciplinary international research team.

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year in an international environment. In case of a good performance, extending the employment for three more years is a possibility. The minimum gross salary is €2,960 and the maximum gross salary is €4,670 (scale 10 of the Collective Labor 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 %.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). 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 and is located at Utrecht Science Park in the Androclus Building near the historical city centre of Utrecht.

The Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) is an interfacultary research institute within the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Medicine. Our mission is to provide education and research on the human and environmental health risks of exposure to potentially harmful agents in the environment where research takes.


  • Postdoc
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1202245



Yalelaan 2, 3584 CM, Utrecht

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