For the Laboratory of Food Microbiology we are looking for a researcher who is a motivated team player with a great interest in the quantitative microbiological risk assessment (QMRA) and who has an affinity with behaviour of foodborne pathogens and cost-benefit analysis.


This project is centred around the poultry and fresh vegetables chains in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. For both value chains a QMRA will be developed. This project is linked to other projects within the same program wherein the public health burden for these commodities is determined, the value chains are mapped, and experimental sampling data are gathered. Furthermore training, empowerment and consumer campaigns are developed. The QMRA will be instrumental in creating a baseline risk assessment model, helping in selecting most promising and cost-effective interventions to reduce the public health burden. Based on the obtained data within the overall program the QMRA model will be validated and further updated, it will be expanded with a cost-benefit model, and a generic extrapolation will be performed to extend the scope both for the relevant pathogens as well as geographically.

The project can be carried out by a researcher (3.2 year 1 fte or 4 years 0.8).

We ask
We look for an ambitious, enthusiastic team player and a motivated scientist with:

  • An MSc or PhD in (food) microbiology, or (food) biotechnology;
  • Experience with quantitative microbiology, quantitative risk assessment. Experience in food microbiology and economic analysis is considered an advantage;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English.

We offer
A job at an organisation that will challenge you every day to provide our clients with the best possible solution. As Researcher you will be part of an ambitious team working on a wide range of issues with plenty of scope for initiative. Personal input and responsibility are an integral part of our culture.

We offer a temporary position with an average working time of 30,4 hours per week for the period of 4 years or 38 hours for the period of 3.2 years. Gross salary € 4274,-, maximum per month.
We not only offer a competitive salary but also a pension of the ABP Pension Fund.

More information
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Marcel Zwietering, telephone number +31 317482233.
For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact mr. Rob van Meegen, HR Advisor, email:, telephone number +31 317 485466.

You can apply online at until 27 May 2019.

We are
The Laboratory of Food Microbiology at the Wageningen University studies both positive (fermentation) and negative aspects (spoilage, disease) of micro-organisms in association with food and food products. The knowledge derived from our studies improves the safety and quality of food from primary production to consumption. The Laboratory of Food Microbiology is part of the Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group of Wageningen University and Research.

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen University & Research, an organisation that brings together fundamental and applied scientific research. We work on creating ‘healthy food in a biobased society’ with private sector companies, research institutes and government agencies in the Netherlands and abroad. Our innovations play a crucial role in solving the major issues which affect society today. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are key in all that we do. In short, we are a major international employer offering considerable potential for your career.

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.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.

Keywords: Vacancy, Research, Master, PhD, (food) microbiology, (food) biotechnology, Wageningen, Gelderland.