PhD in Portable Analytical Chemistry

Published on
February 15, 2021
Location Wageningen
End date Sun 7 March 2021
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We are looking for

Do you have a strong affinity for both analytical chemistry and bio-organic chemistry? Do you take joy in creative processes and are you driven by curiosity? Are you a go-getter? Do you excel at working in teams?
Then we are looking for you! We have a PhD position available in which you can help to develop a portable device for on-site testing for contaminants in food and water.

What will you do:
In this challenging project, you as a PhD-student will work in a European consortium, consisting of research institutes as well as corporates, to develop smart, paper-based sample extraction and pre-treatment (so-called paper microfluidics) combined with novel photonic detection technology. To achieve this, you will study surface chemistry and immunochemistry to achieve chemical selectivity in paper-based devices. Relevant food safety applications will be developed in collaboration with Wageningen Food Safety Research. In order to bridge the gap between the paper-based chemistry and application in food safety, you will also be working with computer-aided design (CAD) software and 3D-printing to design, produce and optimize portable microdevices, for extraction from different food commodities, and integration with spectroscopic read-out. All together this is a multi-disciplinary project where you can learn and use new skills. 

We ask

  • You are highly driven and extremely curious. “Why?” is a question you often ask, both inside and outside of science;
  • you have a MSc degree (or equivalent) in Analytical Chemistry, (Bio-)Organic Chemistry, or a relevant Chemistry-related field;
  • you have strong background in experimental science and solid hands-on experience in (bio)-organic and/or analytical chemistry, as well as a strong interest (or preferentially experience) in 3D design and printing;
  • you aim to excel, and your biggest talents are creativity, persistence and being inquisitive. You are a team-player and have good written and oral communication skills in English (minimally IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 90).
Only applications that clearly show these facets will be considered.

We offer

A challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary from a minimum of € 2395,-. to a maximum of € 3061,-. for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Wageningen University.

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours that we determine together in good consultation;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes, e.g. the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra for extra leave;
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace on the Wageningen Campus;
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee. 
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

For more information about this function you can contact Gert Salentijn, assistant professor by e-mail:
For more information about the procedure you can contact Rutger Voorrips, recruiter by e-mail:

Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission. Please note that we only accept applications via our website. Applications via e-mail will not be taken into consideration. In your motivational letter we require a motivation for this position. A description of your career has to be in your resume. Closing date for applications is March 8th 2021.

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

This PhD position falls under the Organic Chemistry group.  CLICK HERE for more info about our work

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised 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 organisations 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.

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