Postdoc Pesticide Research and Human Health (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Postdoc Pesticide Research and Human Health (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

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21 Sep 15 Oct Utrecht

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We are looking for a postdoc to lead cutting-edge research in assessing human exposure to pesticides and their associated health impacts.

Job description

Are you a dedicated researcher, passionate about environmental health? The Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) at Utrecht University is seeking a postdoc to lead cutting-edge research in assessing human exposure to pesticides and their associated health impacts. The position will be part of a large national program and consists of several sub-projects. Work with us on impactful projects, exploring diverse health outcomes like Parkinson's disease, cancer, asthma, and cognitive development in children. You'll work within the dynamic One Health Chemical (OHC) group of the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, engaging in interdisciplinary research to uncover environmental health determinants.

At IRAS we collaborate internationally to improve the health of humans and their environment. IRAS is a world-leading institute in the research field of exposure assessment in the (work) environment and related health effects. We develop and apply advanced methods to further improve the research in this field. The international character of IRAS is also reflected in its employees who come from all over the world. The tasks include:
  • You help us set up the research program on pesticide exposures and health. Think about data collection, data management, verification of spatial or other types of exposure models using measurements, and the detailed planning of such studies.
  • You perform quantitative epidemiological analyses on projects related to pesticide exposures and health, for example, Parkinson’s disease, or cognitive development in children.
  • You prepare and present research findings for academic, or general audiences.
  • You lead and contribute to manuscripts for publication in the peer-reviewed literature.
  • You supervise students or team members.
  • You assist in the conception and development of future research in the field including the acquisition of funds.


Utrecht University


We are looking for a colleague who brings the following:
  • You have a PhD in Environmental or Life Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Statistics, or related fields.
  • You have an academic record and are proficient in quantitative data analysis, preferably using R.
  • Some experience in exposure science, or working with spatial data (e.g. ArcGIS, QGis, geostats in R) is considered an asset.
  • You have good collaboration and communication skills, and you are a team player.
  • You have good organisational and time management skills.
  • You can switch quickly and enjoy working in a dynamic and innovative research environment.
  • You are willing to support the field team when necessary.
  • You have organisational sensitivity regarding working on a project with diverse stakeholders.
  • You are a good communicator and know how to put complex processes into simple words.
Since most of the research is conducted within the Netherlands, you must have a very good command of the Dutch language. Depending on your background and experience, we can provide additional training in e.g. epidemiological methods, exposure science, or modeling using spatial data.

Conditions of employment

We offer:
  • a position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for four years;
  • a full-time gross salary between €3,226 and €5,090 in scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO);
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the CAO.

In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, sports and cultural schemes and you get discounts on software and other IT products. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow. 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 strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

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. Furthermore the faculty delivers expert clinical care at the University Animal Hospital. 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. It is is located at the Utrecht Science Park, near the historical city centre of Utrecht.


  • Postdoc
  • 28—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1215204



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