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Post-doc assessing the hazards of nano and micro plastics for humans

Do you want to use your passion to study the possible risks of exposure to nano and microplastics for human health as a Post-Doctoral researcher? Are you …

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


Do you want to use your passion to study the possible risks of exposure to nano and microplastics for human health as a Post-Doctoral researcher? Are you motivated to work in an team of scientists in an ambitious Dutch research program? Do you have an excellent track-record in toxicology with proven skills in analytical chemistry?

As an experienced Post Doc you will work at the Toxicology group of Wageningen University within a Dutch research consortium on the human health risks of nano and microplastics. The research in the Toxicology group focusses on molecular-driven, mechanistic understanding of toxicological processes related to human health and their translation into risk assessment for human health. Currently micro and nanoplastics are found in the environment, the air we breathe and the food we eat, but does this pose a human health risk? Clearly, there is a strong societal concern on the wide occurrence of micro and nano plastics. In this project you will study the potential effects of micro and nanoplastics on the human intestine (in vitro). For this you will use several in vitro cell cultures and combine this with analytical chemistry based proteomics approaches. You will be involved in supervision of PhD and MSc thesis students who work in our research team.


  • You have a PhD degree in toxicology, molecular life sciences, or a relevant field;
  • you are highly driven and curious. "Why?" is a question you often ask, both inside and outside of science;
  • you have a strong background in experimental science, and can proof that you have the ability to perform independent lab work, and affinity for the collaborative nature of this project;
  • you have experience in working with tissue cultures, molecular biology, and analytical chemistry (LC-MS based) and proven bioinformatics skills needed to analyze this data;
  • you are a team player with the wish to contribute to the group overall aim;
  • you have excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
  • excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.


Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. We offer you a temporary position for a period of 2 years. Gross salary of € 2.790,-. and € 4.402,-. for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • Sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional 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.
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 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 16th 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 Hans Bouwmeester, Associate Professor toxicology, +31(0)317 481706 or by e-mail: hans.bouwmeester@wur.nl.

For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, recruiter, by mail: rutger.voorrips@wur.nl or Mathilde Keij, HR advisor, by 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 Tuesday Augusts 10th.

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.