Associate Professor in Molecular and Food Toxicology
Wageningen University Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences

Associate Professor in the Field of Molecular and Food Toxicology

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Are you interested molecular and food toxicology? Do you have a PhD and are you looking for the next step in your career in academia? We are looking for a new colleague to translate molecular-driven understanding of toxicological processes into risk analysis for human health and ecological processes. Is our vacancy as Associate professor (tenure track) your next step? 

We are looking for an associate professor in the field of molecular and food toxicology to strengthen the Toxicology chair group in the department of Agrotechnology & Food Sciences (AFSG) at Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

In this challenging career trajectory 

You will be responsible for developing a strong and sustainable research group and initiating and implementing new research in the field of molecular and food toxicology. We seek to appoint an experienced scientist with complementary expertise and skills to our existing research focus. Therefore, you have a leading international position in our field and your current research projects should facilitate a good start of your new activities. 

The Toxicology chair group’s research objectives are aimed at molecular-driven mechanistic research focussing on molecular modes of action in food and environmental toxicology. Your research  actively contributes to topics such as mode of action based risk assessment of food related chemicals, alternatives to animal testing, development of biomarker techniques and bioassays for tracing chemical effects, and/or alternative in vitro and in silico methods for toxicological risk assessment. It is our ambition to translate a mechanistic understanding of toxicological processes related to human and environmental health into risk assessments for human health and ecological processes. 

Your research results and papers will contribute to advancing research frontiers internationally. In addition to research, you will teach a number of courses in the field of food and molecular toxicology. In collaboration with a technical assistant, you will supervise students and initiate new projects. As a staff member of the Toxicology chair group you are expected to attract funding to sustain your research, and cooperate with other relevant research groups at WUR  and other institutions. Training and coaching will be provided to support your further academic development. 

Tenure Track is a career path for hardworking scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.

We ask



  • Have a PhD in molecular or food toxicology or in a related field within molecular life sciences;  
  • have established an existing research group and acquired research funding in the field of toxicology, preferably molecular or food toxicology;
  • have a relevant international network which you can use for successful project acquisition;
  • are  experienced in course development and teaching at undergraduate/graduate levels and supervision of MSc and PhD thesis students;
  • possess a University Teaching Qualification or the willingness to obtain that in two year.
  • have succesfully managed complex projects;
  • have experience and proven ability in acquiring research funding.
  • excellent English language proficiency (a mininum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

We offer


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 be offered a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 5190,- and € 6940- for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 13 - 14).

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.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Ivonne M.C.M. Rietjens , Full professor in toxicology, telephone + 31 317 483971 or by e-mail:
For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, recruiter at or Greetje van de Hulsbeek, HR Advisor via:

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 7 March 2021. We hope to schedule the first (online) job interviews in the second half of March 2021.

Equal opportunities 

WUR is an equal opportunity employer. We are keen to receive applications from all sufficiently qualified people, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, functional impairment, religion/life philosophy, sexual orientation, or age. 

We are

More info about our group can be found HERE.

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and 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, 6.500 employees and 12.500 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 6 reasons to come work at WUR.

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

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