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PhD - Feed safety and insect health

We are looking for a talented PhD candidate in the field of animal feed quality, insects as feed, insect health and nutrition. Your research aims to quantify …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


We are looking for a talented PhD candidate in the field of animal feed quality, insects as feed, insect health and nutrition. Your research aims to quantify the levels of mycotoxins in feed substrates as well as the insects that feed on these and their products. You will assess the effects of the contaminations on insect health and performance and perform additional toxicological research. The research will be closely connected to that of other PhD students in the programme also focussing on insect health and developing methodology to assess this.


You are enthusiastic, proactive, like to work in a multidisciplinary team and have excellent communication skills. You hold an MSc degree in Biology, Animal Sciences or Biological Chemistry with a specialization in Food or Feed Quality and Safety, Animal Nutrition or similar. We look for experience in analytical chemistry and toxicology, animal nutrition and statistical analyses of complex datasets. Experience with working with insects and/or toxicology is a bonus. You are curiosity driven and passionate about fundamental research in the context of working towards sustainable food and feed production.

We expect the candidate to be proficient in the English language. This position requires an excellent English language proficiency (a mininum of CEFR C1 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page. Our PhD students are encouraged to supervise MSc thesis students when such opportunities arise and you will be involved in teaching activities.


We offer a full-time position (38 hours), initially for 1 year after which a go/no go decision will be taken on extension with another three years. Gross salary per month € 2.325,- in the first year rising to € 2.972 per month in the fourth year, for a fulltime appointment. The candidate will be based at the Laboratory of Entomology in Wageningen.

In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment. We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Additional information

Information on the research: Dr. Teun Veldkamp, teun.veldkamp@wur.nl or Prof. Marcel Dicke marcel.dicke@wur.nl
Information on the selection procedure: vacaturemeldingen.psg@wur.nl

You can apply up and until 24 September 2019
For this position you can only apply on line: www.wageningenur.nl/career

Don't email your application directly to the people mentioned above but use the website to apply.