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Postdoc on Post Harvest Food Quality

Every day at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) we use the creativity and knowledge of our researchers to develop solutions having a positive impact …

27 dagen geleden


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


Every day at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) we use the creativity and knowledge of our researchers to develop solutions having a positive impact in our lives. Do you want to join our group and make a difference with your expertise? Then feel free to apply for our vacancy of post-doctoral researcher on post-harvest food quality at our Food Quality & Design department within the Agro Food Science Group of WUR.

This research is part of a larger long-term collaboration together with the post-harvest research team at Wageningen Food Biobased Research and the SimBioSys Team (
https://www.empa.ch/web/simbiosys) at Empa (Swiss Federal Labs for Material Science and Technology) in Zurich, Switzerland.

The research activities will be focused on unravelling the factors influencing the quality of fresh products after harvesting, using digital food twins modelling to optimize fresh fruit cold chains from tree to table. The idea with this research line you will develop is that it bridges the research at WUR and Empa.

You have the opportunity to combine research activity with educational tasks too. The post-doctoral researcher will help staff members in the design of a new course within the MSc Interspecialisation Data Science for Food and Health. The course teaches the interplay between nutritional value, food quality and consumer choices in different contexts and situations. Complex questions in this field will be studied from an interdisciplinary perspective applying data science methodology.

Your managerial skills will also be challenged. A key task of this position is that you will facilitate the integration and interaction between WUR and Empa groups by coordinating the students exchange matters, visits of Empa staff to WUR, organization of internal seminars and much more.


  • A data scientist with a PhD degree and strong interest in a field related to food application or vice versa a food scientist having strong interest and solid expertise towards modelling, artificial intelligence or big data handling;
  • a publication record showing your affinity for an academic environment;
  • excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level);
  • good organizational, writing and presentation skills and the ability to work independently and in a team;
  • familiarity with the WUR environment will be a plus.


Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. 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.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between € 2.836,- and € 4.474,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). Eventually a part time contract at 0.8 FTE can be discussed.

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.

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 Vincenzo Fogliano, Professor chair group Food Quality & Design, by email: vincenzo.fogliano@wur.nl.
For more information about the procedure, please contact Emma Langelaan, HR advisor, via email: emma.langelaan@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 Sunday October 3rd. We hope to schedule the first job interviews ASAP.

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.