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PhD Position in Toxicology

Are you passionate about advancing the field of toxicology into the twenty-first century and designing a chemical safety assessment paradigm without animal …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

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

Functieomschrijving

Are you passionate about advancing the field of toxicology into the twenty-first century and designing a chemical safety assessment paradigm without animal testing? Do you wish to pursue a PhD degree in an ambitious team of scientists across the Netherlands and be part of the VHP4Safety research consortium?
We have a PhD position on the integration of in vitro cell-based and computational approaches to improve the toxicological risk assessment of chemicals in our Toxicology Division of Wageningen University. Are you the PhD candidate we are looking for?


WHAT YOU WILL DO
Imagine a world in which we perform precision safety testing of chemicals and pharmaceuticals without using laboratory animals. Imagine that the safety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals can be assessed for vulnerable groups such as infants, the elderly or the diseased. This is the vision of the VHP4Safety project, which aims to setup the world's first 'Virtual Human Platform' to determine the safety of chemicals for human health based solely on human biology. The VHP4Safety consortium consists of leading scientific groups from Dutch universities and research organizations, who are funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO, NWA-ORC 1292.19.272).

Within this project, you will develop physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models and in vitro assays to assess the accumulation potential of chemicals in the kidney. In so doing, you will ascertain what population groups are most at risk for developing kidney disease. Your research will be highly interdisciplinary, as you combine computational toxicology with molecular biology and analytical chemistry.

You will also be involved in the supervision of MSc thesis students joining the project.
The research is embedded within the chair Toxicology, which is led by Prof. Ivonne Rietjens. You will be co-supervised by Dr. Nynke Kramer, associate professor.

Functie-eisen

  • you have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in toxicology, pharmacology, biology, chemistry or related field;
  • you have excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page;
  • you have a strong desire and ability to quickly master new (laboratory) techniques to effectively tackle complex, multidisciplinary scientific queries;
  • you have a strong background in human physiology, and have experience with computational modelling, analytical chemistry, and cell culture;
  • you work well independently.

Conditions

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 / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • 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 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team.

The gross salary for the first year is € 2.434,- per month rising to € 3.111,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU)(scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.

There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique 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 Dr. Nynke Kramer, Associate Professor in Toxicology, telephone +31 317 487622 or by e-mail: nynke.kramer@wur.nl.
For more information about the procedure, please contact Mathilde Keij, HR Advisor, telephone +31 317 481420 or by e-mail: mathilde.keij@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.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including January 31, 2022. We hope to schedule the first job interviews on February 7, 2022. The preferred starting date for this position is March 1, 2022.

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.