Data scientist in food safety

Gepubliceerd op
22 december 2022
Locatie Wageningen
Einddatum di 31 januari 2023
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We are looking for

Are you intrigued by data? Are you a wizard with numbers and their meaning? Are you tired of all those vacancies that talk about AI while it’s not AI? We are an honest and transparent institute where you will mainly work as Data Scientist in food safety. You will be working with the worldwide leading researchers in food safety. Are you ready to join Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) and help to improve the safety of our food and thereby improving public health?

What are you going to do
You will be part of a group that researches the impacts of the global and societal changes on food safety in the food supply chain. You will contribute to the development and implementation of risk-based assessment, decision support, and monitoring tools to predict and prioritize known and unknown hazards in the food supply chain.
You will work in different ongoing research projects involving data science. You will help to answer scientific questions and provide insights to food safety authorities and other stakeholders we work with.
We offer an interesting and dynamic position as a scientific researcher, covering different food safety topics, within a team of highly skilled, enthusiastic, multicultural, and engaged colleagues. Above all, we offer you the environment to develop your skills and learn from the best.

Who are we?
Wageningen Food Safety Research conducts high-quality independent research into safe and reliable food. Most of our work is commissioned by the Dutch government and our main clients are the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). In addition, we collaborate with many national and international partners in a variety of projects funded among others by the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority. We are part of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

We ask

You bring:

  • An MSc in food science, computer science, machine learning, statistics, or a related field.
  • Experience in quantitative analyses of data.
  • Affinity with food production and food safety.
  • Good communications skills in English, both written and verbally.
If you don’t speak Dutch yet, we expect the willingness to invest in learning the Dutch language. Off course we will support you with this. We have our own language institute Wageningen In’to Languages.

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 compensation hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially 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 4%;
  • 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 €3024,- and €4809,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 9-10).
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.
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 17th 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 Bas van der Velden, Teamlead Data Science, telephone +31 6 8102 8994 or by e-mail, or Marloes Groenewegen, telephone +31 6 42514331 e-mail
For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, Recruiter, telephone +31 317 480571 or by e-mail 

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 published till January 31st 2023. Don’t wait with your application. As soon as we have suitable applicants we will initiate the first interviews. Will we talk to you soon?

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 inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

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, 7.200 employees and 13.200 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. Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus! We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

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