Food Safety Data Expert

Gepubliceerd op
14 april 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Agriculture
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We are looking for

RIKILT Wageningen University & Research is looking for a (postdoc) scientist in the area of big data applications in food and feed safety.
In this position you will use various (big) data sources, ICT solutions (machine learning technologies), and statistical methods to combine various data sets and to develop quantitative prediction models for the presenceof new and existing food safety hazards in food and feed supply chains. You will work in different ongoing research projects involving, data mining, deep learning, food chain analysis and predictive modelling. You are also expected to initiate and contribute to the writing of new project proposals and to write/ contribute to scientific publications.

We ask

  • PhD in food science, applied software engineering, or statistical modelling
  • Affinity with food production and food safety, understanding of the food production chain
  • Expertise in quantitative analyses of complex data originating from different sources, preferably with related ICT and machine learning skills. Knowledge/ experience with Bayesian Network modelling is a pre.
  • Good communications skills, and the ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and projects
  • Solid scientific basis with the ability to identify relevant issues and formulate practical recommendations and solutions
  • Good writing and networking skills, with a proven track record
At least a basic understanding of the Dutch language and the willingness to invest in learning the Dutch language

We offer

An interesting and dynamic position as a scientific researcher, covering different topics, within a team of enthusiastic and engaged colleagues. We offer a position for one year. After this extension will be considered based on demonstrated performance and ongoing projects. Indicative gross salary €4847,- maximum per month (36 hours a week), depending on experience

More information

For more information about this position please contact dr. ir. Lonneke van der Geest (business unit manager, phone +31 (0)317- 480462, or dr. ir. Ine van der Fels-Klerx (group leader, phone +31 (0)317-481963,
Please send your letter of application with CV before 5 May 2018 via the website

We are

RIKILT Wageningen University & Research performs independent research related to the safety and authenticity of food. We specialise in analytical research, the composition of food and feed products and related health effects. We also focus on food fraud issues and conduct forensic research. Our knowledge of food production chains and processes enables us to identify hazards and risks (new and existing) effectively. We advise government agencies as well as companies and provide training in areas of our expertise. Much of our work is commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, but we also work for the European Union, the European Food Safety Authority, NGOs and business. For more information about RIKILT, please visit our website:
Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.
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