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Project Leader Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Are you interested in pollutants like PFAS, PCBs and similar hazardous substances? Are you keen on assuring a safe food chain? Are you interested in working …

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


Are you interested in pollutants like PFAS, PCBs and similar hazardous substances? Are you keen on assuring a safe food chain? Are you interested in working in a state-of-the-art laboratory? Are you looking for a challenging new job? We, Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) have a vacancy for a Project Leader POPs. Will you join our team?
As Project Leader Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), you will contribute to the further development of the research within our institute, including:

  • Executing and leading multidisciplinary applied scientific research projects, aimed at the development of new analytical methods and the measurement of persistent organic pollutants in food and feed.
  • Elaborating and summarising research results, together with colleagues, in reports, publications and presentations for our clients.
  • Participating in international working groups, such as the collaboration of European platforms in our field
  • Contributing to acquisition by initiating and contributing to research proposals (including public-private partnerships and other national or international proposals).
  • Further developing and disseminating the research field of persistent organic pollutants.
A safe food chain for humans and animals is our main concern at Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR, part of Wageningen University & Research). The food chain is constantly changing and consequently we move along with this change. We have been analysing food and feed for the presence of dioxins and PCBs for several years now; WFSR is the National Reference Laboratory for determining these components in food. New additions include perfluorinated compounds (PFAS), brominated flame retardants and complex compounds, such as chlorinated paraffins. For this area, we are looking for a Persistent Organic Pollutants Project Leader. You will work in a team with other contamination researchers and chemical analysts.


  • You have solid experience in collaborating and preferably also leading multidisciplinary (technological) projects in pollutant research po
  • You have relevant experience in Mass Spectroscopy or similar analytical techniques.
  • You have an MSc and preferably a PhD in a relevant field, for example analytical chemistry.
  • A good command of written and spoken Dutch and English. If English-speaking, a willingness to learn Dutch.
  • You have the ability to communicate at all levels with both external clients and your internal co-workers.
  • It would be an advantage if you have a network within the field of persistent organic pollutants determination.


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 holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and 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 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 € 2.790,- and € 5.183,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10 or 11).
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 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

For more information about this position, please contact Stefan van Leeuwen, Projectleader, telephone +31 (0)317 481984 or by e-mail stefan.vanleeuwen@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 August 9th 2021.
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.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.