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Scientist Food Informatics

Do you see a role for innovative computer science research in developing a healthy and sustainable society? Then we are looking for you!Consumers make daily …

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


Do you see a role for innovative computer science research in developing a healthy and sustainable society? Then we are looking for you!
  • Consumers make daily decisions about what to eat - or not to eat. What is healthy depends on the characteristics of the person themselves, and their recent food consumption. Our research models knowledge from scientific literature, data on what food products contain, expert knowledge from dieticians, personal characteristics such as allergies, and measurements of the food intake of a specific consumer. How can we bring all this knowledge together in a model and use it for automated, well-founded advice?
  • The global population is threatened with a shortage of protein for human consumption. At the same time, optimal use is not being made of resources that contain protein. How can big data and knowledge models help to draw up the different scenarios and calculate their effects, thereby helping to optimise future protein supplies?
These are examples of questions we are working on.

We are looking for a researcher who has an affinity for finding innovative solutions for our clients, and who can translate research results into practical advices and applications. As part of the Food Informatics team, you apply your knowledge in the areas of artificial intelligence, conceptual modelling, software development (C#/Java) or semantic web technology. Your tasks are a combination of these fields, and in time you will specialise in one of these topics.

You contribute to relevant projects, for example modelling expert knowledge and data to detect potential food health risks in the international dairy supply chain. It is important to be able to improvise, and to keep asking questions until you reach the heart of the matter. In this way, you work on an innovative solution that helps the client, mostly in the form of software. A good example of our work is the development of a webapp with which people with an acquired brain injury can cook independently. The challenge in this case is to capture implicit recipe and preparation knowledge in an explicit logical model: a surprisingly complex problem.

As a Food Informatics researcher, you have good analytical skills. You have the critical and creative attitude of a researcher, but also keep an eye on what design choices mean for the user. For this reason, the ability to communicate well with your colleagues and clients is an important characteristic. You can also express yourself well in writing, both to clients and in scientific publications.

With us, you get the chance to learn many new things, and to make a personal contribution to innovative projects. We expect that you can function well both independently and in a team, in many projects simultaneously. This requires flexibility and a focus on solutions.


An enthusiastic and ambitious scientist Food Informatics, with

  • a university degree in computer science, mathematics, artificial intelligence or similar,
  • enthusiasm for working on innovative solutions for practical questions in the area of sustainable supply chains and healthy food
  • knowledge of techniques for knowledge representation and semantic data modelling,
  • interest in developments in ICT, both societal and scientific,
  • affinity for publishing research results,
  • affinity for carrying out national and international projects,
  • an independent attitude but also team spirit,
  • a sociable personality with an ability to put things into perspective,
  • a constant drive to improve yourself and the team.


A job at a commercial organisation that will challenge you every day to provide our clients with the best possible solution. As Scientist Food Informatics you will be part of an ambitious team working on a wide range of issues with plenty of scope for initiative. Personal input and responsibility are an integral part of our culture.

We offer a temporary position with an average working time of 36 hours per week. The contract is initially for the period of 1 year, with the possibility of a permanent employment contract in the future. Gross salary is € 4253,- maximum per month. 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 Nicole Koenderink (R&D manager), telephone number +31 317 480 225 .
For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact Wilma Jansen (HRM department), email Wilma.jansen@wur.nl

You can apply online at www.wur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies.htm until April 30, 2018.