Internship Research on radiation exposure of the average Dutch person due to food intake

All the food we do eat contains a (small) amount of radioactivity. This radioactivity consists partly of radiation of natural origin and partly of man-made radioactive substances.

In the monitoring program of food, feed and environmental matrices, it is legally established that WFSR calculates the contributions of the different types of radiation (alpha, beta and gamma radiation) in the average food package of the Dutch population.

Improve the accuracy of the estimation of this radiation dose

The aim of this research is to improve the accuracy of the estimation of this radiation dose. This requires research into how we can analyze a representative food package, which leads to a better and more accurate estimate of the average annual radiation dose.

Research assignment

The research assignment consists of developing a concrete sampling program (how often should be sampled, which products) and analysis program (how long should measurements be taken, on which measuring systems). In addition, the intention is to propose an inspection program for the food products that contribute the most to the radiation risk.

Within the project, there is collaboration with RIVM in Bilthoven, which is co-sponsor of the research.

This student project consist of the following parts:

  • Literature review
  • Describe the objectives of the research and plan of action
  • Consultation with/visit to RIVM about the action plan
  • Inventory of the food products with the highest radiation risks
  • Elaboration of the sampling program
  • Elaboration of the analysis program
  • Processing the first research results (NB data is supplied via another project)
  • Delivering a final report and giving a presentation

We are looking for a student who:

  • Likes to do research at the interface of technology, society and health
  • Would like to broaden his/her knowledge in a technically socially relevant subject
  • Wants to expand his/her skills in setting up technical-scientific research
  • Has good communication skills
  • Can work well in a team, but finds it no problem to operate independently