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PhD Food safety in circular food system

Are you a curious and enthusiastic PhD student? Do you want to use your modelling skills to gain insights into how we can create a safe and sustainable …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur


Are you a curious and enthusiastic PhD student? Do you want to use your modelling skills to gain insights into how we can create a safe and sustainable circular food system? Do you have experience in quantitative simulation modelling? We have a vacancy for a Phd in food safety!

Food systems transformations are urgently needed to end hunger and malnutrition and feed everyone on the planet. One of the transformations that is needed is the shift towards a more circular food system. This comes with many challenges, one being the possible impact on food safety.

What will you be doing?
The PhD will comprise:
  • developing a generic framework for a modelling approach of food safety in the circular food system;
  • development of models for the fate of contaminants through the food system, given influencing factors, for specific case studies;
  • collecting input data from literature and organizing experiments for modelling.
In this position it is an absolute must that you have experience with and passion for quantitative simulation modelling. Your research is performed in the course of a 4 year Changing Food Systems Project within the Wageningen Food Safety Research Institute. Various case studies will be performed for which analytical data will be collected by other colleagues within the institute. You will develop simulation models for the fate of contaminants, such as veterinary drug residues and heavy metals, in the circular food system. As input, you will use analytical data but also data retrieved from literature and based on expert interviews. Besides working on your own PhD, you will also contribute to other ongoing research in this domain, and you might initiate and contribute to the writing of new project proposals.


  • You have a MSc and experience and expertise in quantitative approaches in modelling and/or statistics
  • You have demonstratable passion for changing food systems
  • You have a solid scientific basis and excellent analytical skills with the ability to translate this into valuable models
  • Good writing and communication networking skills, with a proven track record
  • Good knowledge of English language, in listening, speaking and writing (OOPT score C1 or C2)
  • Fulfillment of all admission criteria to start a PhD in Wageningen
We offer an interesting and dynamic position as a PhD at WFSR, within a team of enthusiastic and involved colleagues. Your intended promoter is Prof. Dr. Ine van der Fels-Klerx.


Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer a competitive gross salary of €2.414,00 for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Additional information

Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact
Ir. Marloes Groenewegen, Team leader, 06 - 42514331 or by marloes.groenewegen@wur.nl or prof.dr.ir. Ine van der Fels-Klerx, +31317-481963 or by ine.vanderfels@wur.nl

For more information about the procedure, please contact Talitha Bots, HR-advisor, +31317 - 486317 or by talitha.bots@wur.nl

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. Don't wait with your application. As soon as we have received your application and we see a match, we will invite you for an interview.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.