Epidemiology of Emerging Environmental Risks

  • 0.8 FTE

Chemical and physical agents such as pesticides and pollutants are emerging in our environment, potentially affecting our health. We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative researcher to take on the challenge of developing and performing research on emerging environmental health risks in the context of three European research projects funded under the H2020 research programme of the EU, GOLIATH, FREIA and HERA.

Together with a PhD student under your supervision you will inventorize the occurrence and impact of emerging environmental risks to set research priorities and will be involved in epidemiological research using population based studies to study the impact on human health and the underlying biomolecular changes of these high priority emerging risks.

You will work at the interface of exposure science and environmental epidemiology in a highly international and research priority setting environment. You will publish your findings in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Candidates should have a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Epidemiology or related fields and have a strong interest in environmental science, and/or molecular biology. They should have a passion for (and proven experience of working with) epidemiological data analyses and big data, such as OMICS data. Especially candidates with an interest in crossing disciplinary boundaries are encouraged to apply. The candidate should be able to work independently and have good verbal and written communication skills in English.

We offer
This is an appointment of 0.8 FTE for the duration of one year. In case of a good performance, extending the employment for three more years is a possibilities.

The minimum gross salary is €2,709 and the maximum gross salary is €4,274 (scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities) per month, at a full-time employment. Besides that, you will receive a holiday allowance of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %.

Utrecht University also has an appealing package of terms of employment, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development and an excellent pension scheme.

More information on working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a unique position in the Netherlands. Not only is this the only institution where veterinarians are trained, researchers are also working together on innovative scientific research. In addition, the Faculty provides specialist clinical care in the largest academic veterinary hospital in Europe. Thanks to this position, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is a point of contact for all veterinary matters, both nationally and increasingly internationally. The Faculty employs approximately 900 veterinarians, scientists and support staff and counts 1.500 students.

The project will be performed within the environmental epidemiology division of the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS).

IRAS is an inter-facultary research institute within the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Medicine, of Utrecht University. Its mission is to provide education and research on the human and environmental health risks of exposure to potentially harmful agents in the environment where research takes places within the domains Toxicology, Environmental Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health. The position is funded by the EU and will be linked to the Utrecht Exposome Hub.

Additional information
For more information about this position, please contact: Prof. Roel Vermeulen, via, Dr. Jelle Vlaanderen, via or dr. Anke Huss, via

To apply
To apply, please send your letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and contact details of at least two references via this link, and before 04/08/2019

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Keywords: Vacancy, Research, PhD, Biomedical Sciences, Epidemiology, Environmental science, Molecular biology, Utrecht