Researcher in Terrestrial Ecotoxicology
Wageningen University
Netherlands

Researcher in Terrestrial Ecotoxicology

Location Wageningen

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We are looking for

An enthusiastic researcher that combines a background in ecotoxicology with skills to successfully acquire and manage projects, and ensure their scientific quality. The projects you feel comfortable to be involved with can include both field and laboratory experiments, some of which may require to be carried out under GLP, and desktop studies. Your expertise in the field of environmental risk assessment is mainly about terrestrial organisms, especially non-target arthropods and soil fauna, but also additional terrestrial topics like food web interactions are within the scope of your interest. On top of this, you have a natural ability to build trusted relationships with the customers we work for.

You will collaborate with researchers within and outside our organization, who have varying areas of expertise, including analytical chemistry, ecology, ecotoxicology, statistics and modelling.

You will do all of this in an ideal working environment. Our campus is an inspiring, green place to work, and has been selected as the most sustainable campus in the world multiple times. Besides that, Wageningen University that we collaborate with, has a #1 ranking for environmental science, ecology and agriculture, as well as very strong rankings in other fields.

The domain of the Environmental Risk Assessment team is the provision of science based answers and solutions for the integrative assessment and management of a bio-diverse agricultural environment. We are a world leading center of expertise for the assessment of environmental risks in the area of pesticides and other organic chemicals compounds. We take pride in our highly qualified staff (28 employees) and advanced laboratories, including outstanding outdoor test facilities. For our clients (government agencies, NGOs, and industries) we conduct experimental (GLP-certified) research and develop models, to analyze and predict the behavior of organic contaminants in water, soil and air, and to determine their effects on ecosystems and focal organisms. Furthermore, we offer consultancy and training on sustainable pesticide management in upcoming economies.

We ask

You are someone who has:

  • a PhD degree in environmental sciences, chemistry, biology or a related science;
  • affinity with, and an active network in the field of terrestrial ecotoxicology;
  • a proven track record of successful project acquisitions;
  • the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously;
  • the capacity to work under Good Laboratory Practice (GLP);
  • good interpersonal skills in taking care of a variety of customers & you are a pleasant teammate;
  • excellent skills in speaking, writing and reporting in English;
  • sufficient proficiency in Dutch speaking, writing and reporting to immediately being able to adapt to a Dutch speaking customer environment like the Ministry of Agriculture;
  • you are an enthusiastic person that doesn’t need much to be up and running in this role.

We offer

We offer a meaningful and international work environment characterized by hardworking professionals who perform in multidisciplinary teams. Depending on your expertise and experience a salary from a minimum of € 3336 to a maximum of € 5892 for a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Wageningen Research (scale 11 or 12). The appointment is for 32 or 36 hours per week, for a period of 12 months with a possibility of an extension.
In addition we offer:

  • a lively workplace at the Wageningen Campus where education, research and business comes together;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays;
  • 171 vacation hours, with the possibility to purchase additional hours;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of-year bonus of 3%.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

More information

As part of the procedure you might be asked to give a presentation, details of which to be provided after the first selection round.

For more information about the content of this position, please contact Maikel de Potter, Team Leader, phone: +31 317 484 445, e-mail: maikel.depotter@wur.nl.

For any other questions on the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, recruiter, e-mail: edgar.tijhuis@wur.nl.

You can apply until August 31, 2020 via the apply button on this page, by uploading your CV and motivation letter. The first interviews will be held soon after the deadline for this vacancy.

Equal opportunities employer

We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialized research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6,500 employees, and 12,000 students, it is one of the leading organizations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.

Click here for more information about working at Wageningen University & Research. And for a look at our Wageningen Campus watch this video.

ERA is a world leading center of expertise for environmental risk assessment in the area of pesticides and other compounds. We take pride in our highly qualified staff and advanced laboratories, including unique outdoor test facilities. We develop models and conduct experimental research to predict the behavior of organic contaminants in the environment, and to determine their effects on ecosystems. In addition, we offer consultancy and training on sustainable pesticide management in upcoming economies.

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