PhD Meat Analogues from Pulses

We are looking for an enthusiastic, technology oriented and enterprising PhD student with affinity for protein research.Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, part of Wageningen UR, offers you a challenging and market-oriented environment where motivated ...

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


We are looking for an enthusiastic, technology oriented and enterprising PhD student with affinity for protein research.

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, part of Wageningen UR, offers you a challenging and market-oriented environment where motivated scientific professionals conduct research for companies, government and knowledge institutions. The Food Technology group of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research develops new healthy, nutritious and safe products, e.g., products containing less salt and fat, or meat replacers based on plant proteins. The scientific focus of these projects is aimed at the relationship between product properties, ingredient formulation and process technology. Our multi-disciplinary product and process knowledge has, e.g., resulted in the market introduction of products like Beeter, MacuView and Arina Light Cheese.
The development of new, mild separation technologies, such as the dry separation of protein and starch containing crops, plays a pivotal role in our research on meat replacing products. In addition, we investigate the potential of the different proteins to produce a structured meat analogue with optimal sensorial properties.

The PhD position is in collaboration with Food Process Engineering at Wageningen University.


  • A relevant MSc degree, preferably received from the university of Wageningen, Delft, Twente or Eindhoven in the field of process technology;
  • Affinity with food; knowledge of mild separation technologies and / or protein structuring is a preamble;
  • Hands-on mentality;
  • Excellent communication skills and customer orientation, as this project is part of a larger (industry-driven) research program;
  • Good oral and written command of the English and Dutch language.


We offer a temporary (PhD) position with an average working time of 36 hours per week for a period of 1.5 years with extension of 2.5 years after successful evaluation. Gross salary per month € 2179,-. in the first year rising up to
€ 2786,00 per month in the fourth year.
We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact mr. B. Langelaan, telephone number +31317484382 (email: of mrs. Bruins, telephone number:+31317487615 (email:

For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact mrs. W. Jansen, HR advisor, telephone number +31317484923 (email:

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You can apply online at until 25 August 2017.


Wageningen Food & Biobased Research develops insights and technologies that support industries, governments, and research institutes to create innovative solutions for a healthier, more sustainable, and prosperous world. Together with our clients we develop healthy and tasty food, truly-sustainable food chains, and chemicals and materials that use biomass instead of fossil resources. Our in-depth knowledge of the entire chain, from raw materials through processing to end product, drives our approach.

We make smart connections between various disciplines to explore complex issues from different perspectives. Through a combination of intelligent analyses and pragmatic invention, we find solutions for these issues. Grounded in science and business, our researchers bring a no-nonsense attitude to their work. We investigate and develop at all stages: upscaling from lab to pilot and from initial idea to production processes that deliver real products for our customers. We have direct access to the latest scientific findings and have a firm grasp of what modern technology offers. Every day, we work with national and global companies, governments and other research institutes to create innovative solutions; now and in the future.

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is one of the Contract Research Organizations of Wageningen University & Research, with the aim to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 members of staff and 10,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is a world leader in its domain. An integral way of working, and cooperation between the exact sciences and the technological and social disciplines are key to its approach.

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen University & Research where fundamental and applied sciences complement each other. As an important international player, we carry out top-level research and work alongside authoritative partners within the international business world as well as the government on "Healthy food in a biobased society". We have a crucial role in innovations within the market. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are what define us. In short, we are an interesting, international employer of stature.

Wageningen University and Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus - each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society - such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don't do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on 'the quality of life', turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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