Researcher Food Microbiology - Pathogen Detection: Netherlands

Wageningen University & Research is looking for a researcher who is a motivated team player with a great interest in the behaviour of foodborne pathogens, and who has an affinity with quantitative microbiology.

This project is centred around Bacillus cereus, a toxin-producing sporeforming pathogen. The spores of this pathogen are ubiquitous in raw food ingredients and growth of this pathogen in food and subsequent toxin production should be controlled to secure food safety. The research project, funded by an industrial partner, aims to model the growth of Bacillus cereus and its toxin formation in foods. Information on factors affecting pathogenic growth and toxin formation is critical to formulate foods that are safe. This project includes characterisation of growth of Bacillus cereus in various foods, quantification of toxin formation using chemical analyses and modelling of toxin production as function of food characteristics.


We are looking for an ambitious, enthusiastic team player who can also work independently and is highly result-driven. You have the skills to work in a multidisciplinary team and to coordinate your own research. You are a motivated scientist with:

  • an MSc or PhD in (food) microbiology, or (food) biotechnology;
  • affinity with quantitative microbiology and chemical analyses, and experience is considered an advantage;
  • excellent communication and writing skills in English.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Heidy den Besten (Associate Professor), telephone number +31 317483213.
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 the 29th of October 2018.

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