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Food Analysis Researcher - OnePlanet Research Center

Research & development - Wageningen | More than two weeks ago

Who aims to make progress in the research of nutrition and food quality topics.

Food Analysis Researcher

Innovating towards a healthier future with chip and digital technology in food and health.

In 2050 we are expected to live with 10 billion people on this planet. To let all those people live and eat well, while they take care of our planet, we need groundbreaking, sustainable (technology) solutions. That’s why we, at OnePlanet Research Center, are questioning ourselves:

What if we can measure and understand what is good for the world and for each individual person? In terms of food and agriculture, in terms of health?
What if we can empower people towards more sustainable choices?
What if we can make data-driven nutrition and health possible?
What if we can manage stress to make people more resilient?
What if we can monitor the health of plants and animals?
What if we develop technology which does not adversely affect our environment, but which supports it?
What if we can transform mass production of food into personalized food on demand?
What if …?!
At OnePlanet Research Center we don’t just imagine it. We work on it. We dream ánd do. We research and develop digital technology in food, agriculture and health domains achieving behavior change. Change that is needed to create a healthier future, for our planet and for humanity.

OnePlanet Research Center
Innovation center for chip and digital technology in food and health

OnePlanet Research Center is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Radboud University, Radboudumc and imec. We use the latest chip and digital technology to create a society in which everyone can live a healthy life and has access to good and sufficient food.

We initiate groundbreaking, fundamental and applied research, groundbreaking innovations and smart product development. This is only possible by using and bringing together great ideas, innovations and chip and digital technologies from different disciplines and work closely together with industry. We ensure that companies, education, researchers, social institutions and citizens work together. We combine specialisms from the fields of agriculture, food and health and turn dreams into feasible solutions that contribute to a more sustainable society. 

What you will do

We need you as a Food Analysis Researcher to be part of our interdisciplinary team to develop new sensing solutions to measure the composition, quality and nutritional value of dairy food products. Main projects are related to the measurement of food quality and composition for field/home testing (outside the lab). You will work in a multidisciplinary team of electronic engineers, biomedical engineers, chemists and data scientists. In this start-up environment, you will start very hands-on, but you will have the opportunity to build up competence and technically lead projects on the Biophysical and Biochemical side. Other tasks will include:

  • Develop new sensing solutions to measure the composition, quality and nutritional value of dairy food products.
  • Develop biochemistry techniques to understand the physical properties of biological molecules (proteins) on a chemical level.
  • Understand, set up and improve new processes of measuring food components starting from the research, literature, roadmap of projects, measurements, till making the prototypes.
  • Research about the interaction between the structure of the biomolecules (such proteins) and the sensors.
  • Immobilize bio-molecules for sensor purposes finding the right absorption layers in the sensors to identify their components.
  • Understand the biomolecular composition of body fluids (biophysical structure composition).
  • Provide input for new research topics.

What we do for you

We offer a challenging and international environment at the forefront of technology, in an international network of renowned industrial customers. This is your opportunity to bring new technologies to the market that will have an impact on tomorrow’s society.

OnePlanet is a new collaboration of 3 renowned and globally respected research institutes/universities. By joining the OnePlanet team, you will be part of a team of world changers; disruptive innovators and practical thinkers. Here, your ideas will have an impact on our future lives.

At the same time, Imec The Netherlands, as an employer of choice, offers you an attractive compensation and benefits package including a 100% employer paid pension plan and flexible working hours. Furthermore, imec-NL offers a wide range of training possibilities.

Who you are

  • You hold a PhD in Bio-Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Life & Food Sciences or Nutrition.
  • You are an experienced researcher with a proven track record on performing state of the art research (5-10 years).
  • You have experience with biomolecules and protein bio functionality and bio compatibility, crystallization in biological proteins, diagnostics and screening.
  • Knowledge about Biophysics, Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology and Food quality process engineering is a must.
  • Good understanding of miniaturized Sensor Technologies is expected.
  • Broad experience working with standard (lab)analytical methods such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCSM) and various spectroscopy methods.
  • Experience working in a chemical laboratory.
  • You have knowledge of statistical tools and methods for analyzing results.
  • You have a good experience of working in MATLAB or Python.
  • Your communication skills in English (written and spoken) are excellent.
  • You are able to deal with ambiguity and see changes as an opportunity to learn and grow.
  • You are a quick learner, you can do your job independently and you are interested in acquiring new skills and competences.
  • Hands-on attitude; which means taking initiatives, thinking pro-actively, having a flexible attitude and solving problems on a daily base.
  • You have always been interested in doing research on topics like nutrition, biology, chemistry, etc.


Are you interested in this position and do you want to learn more about it, then you can connect with Ana Crehuet, Talent Acquisition specialist OnePlanet. You can reach Ana at If you wish to apply, then please submit your full resume and a cover letter.

Click on ‘apply’ to submit your application. You will then be redirected to e-recruiting.

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