Research Scientist in Innovative Food Processing
Wageningen University

Research Scientist in Innovative Food Processing

Published on
March 18, 2021

Location Wageningen

End date Thu 8 April 2021

We are looking for

Are you passionate about innovative food texturing technologies like 3D printing and want to explore the options of such technologies for creating healthy and nutritious food products?  We are looking for you!

We are seeking an enthusiastic and enterprising researcher in the field of food science and technology, who contributes to the development of innovative processes and new products for the food industry.  

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, part of Wageningen University & Research, offers a challenging and market-oriented environment where motivated scientific professionals conduct research for companies, government organisations and knowledge institutes. The Food Technology group develops knowledge and technology for the food industry and renders them applicable in practice. Examples include our research on products with less salt and fat, plant-based meat replacers and innovative food processing methods like 3D printing. The scientific focus in our work is on the relationship between product formulation, ingredient interaction and properties created by high tech equipment and software.
As a researcher you will contribute to the further scientific development of this research area by:

  • Work on multidisciplinary applied-research projects in which innovative processes such as 3D printing are developed and applied;
  • elaborating research results into reports, publications and presentations for our clients;
  • translating fundamental scientific insights towards scalable manufacturing processes and innovative products which are coherent with societal trends related to sustainability and health;
  • working together with our partners, and building and maintaining an effective (inter-) national network, to realise the desired market position in this research area.

We ask

We expect you to be an enthusiastic and inspiring team player, full of creative and innovative ideas, and able to develop and carry out concrete project plans together with your colleagues and industrial partners.

Futher we expect:

  • An ambitious colleague with quality awareness and an inquisitive mind, and the ability and ambition to become a leading scientist in the field of food texturing technology;
  • a PhD degree in a relevant area, e.g., Food Sciences, Process Engineering, Materials Science or Chemical Technology;
  • subject knowledge on physical-chemical properties of food products and their ingredients, with affinity on application of high tech technologies on food; 
  • excellent communication skills and good verbal and written command of English, Dutch is a plus.
You have or will develop the ability to lead larger and more complex projects for which, next to your scientific knowledge, competencies like organizing, cooperation and development of colleagues are particularly required.

We offer

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 € 2790 and € 5183 for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10/11). Additionally, a contract for 0.8 FTE can be discussed. This position is not a phd position. 

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. 

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 Ben Langelaan, R&D manager Food Technology, telephone: +31 317 484382, e-mail:
For more information about the procedure, please contact Wilma Jansen, HR advisor, e-mail:

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 Thursday March 8th 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 inclusive webpage. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

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 5 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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