Research Technician Toxicology

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Your job
Do you want to contribute to the development of animal-free methods for predicting the toxic effects and kinetics (ADME) of substances in humans and animals? Do you want to work in an environment where the latest research methods are developed and assessed for applicability to food safety? The Toxicology Team of Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) is looking for a research technician!

Within the Toxicology Team, we develop, validate and apply non-animal methods (cell-based methods and computer models) and state-of-the-art molecular and analytical techniques to assess hazards of substances in food and animal feed. We have developed various animal-free methods which allow us to predict and model the effects and kinetics of substances in humans and farm animals.

As a research technician you will contribute to the further development and implementation of these animal-free approaches. You will be involved in cell-based studies on the effects and on the kinetics (such as the metabolism and transport) of substances.

Your qualities
  • You are a researcher having at least a bachelor level (BSc) in life sciences (e.g. toxicology, biochemistry, pharmacology)
  • You have experience with (mammalian) cell culturing
  • If you have skills and knowledge in toxicology and analytical chemistry (e.g. LC-MS) that is a plus.
  • You have effective communication skills in English and/or Dutch.
  • You are a team player with a hands-on attitude, with the following key competences: accurate, result oriented, analytical, well-organized, open attitude and willingness to learn.

If you do not have the required track-record, but you do have solid experience and are keen to develop yourself in the function, we would also like to invite you to apply for this position.

In our international work environment there is an increasing amount of communication in English. If you need to brush up on your English skills (to reach around level B2), you can follow an English language course at our language center Wageningen in'to Language. If you want to improve your Dutch language skills, you can also follow a Dutch course at Wageningen in’to Language.
Please note that you have to be eligible to work in the Netherlands or be able to apply for a search year. Due to immigration law we cannot take applications in procedure if you are not eligible for a work permit or search year.

We offer you

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 hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially 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 4%;
  • 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 €2800,- and €3821,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 7 – 8 ). Additionally, a contract for 32 hours per week can be discussed. You will initially receive a one-year contract, which will be extended to an open-ended contract upon in mutual enthusiasm.                                                                                                   

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 18


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.

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


about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.

Do you want more information?

For more information about this position, please contact Karsten Beekmann, teamleader toxicology, telephone +31 317 485 161 or by e-mail
For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, recruiter, by phone +31 317 480 571 or by e-mail
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 16th of April 2023. Please note that if we have suitable candidates before the closing date we will initiate the first interviews. Don’t wait with your application because it may happen that we’ll close the vacancy before the deadline if we have found a suitable candidate.
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 are

Wageningen University & Research The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines. Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus! We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

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