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Medior Researcher Occupational Exposure Assessment

Contribute to occupational exposure assessment and data analyses with the ultimate aim to prevent or limit the occurrence of occupational diseases? Envision it? Become Researcher Occupational Exposure Assessment at TNO in Utrecht.

What will be your role?

The Research group RAPID (Risk Analysis for Products In Development) consists of 50 experts. They all work in multidisciplinary projects on the assessment of health risks due to exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals. Based on scientific knowledge, RAPID works on the development of innovative tools, models, and methods to predict these potential health risks accurately and efficiently. We do this by combining risk analysis and statistical expertise with practical experience in the field of innovative experimental research. Besides risk assessment RAPID research focusses on reducing risks, e.g. by advising on reduction measures and applying safe and sustainable by design for products and processes.

RAPID successfully applies its knowledge in the national and international chemical, food, and pharma market. Together with universities, research institutes, government and industrial players we aim to be leading in our field.

Click here for more information on the RAPID department.

What will be your role?
As a Researcher Occupational Exposure Assessment, you will join the team ‘Exposure assessment and risk management’. This team works on the development of innovative methods to assess and manage the risk of exposure. The ultimate aim is to prevent or limit the occurrence of occupational diseases. 
Examples of innovative methods:

  • Risk management measures (Virtual Occupational Hygiene Assistant(VOHA))
  • Modeling tools for exposure and/or risk assessment (for exampel Advanced Reach Tool (ART))
  • Novel exposure measurement techniques (sensors),
  • Biomonitoring (point of care testing)
  • Safe by design and substitution
  • Health impact assessment

All these examples are being applied within the context of the exposome.

Examples of chemicals we encounter are nanomaterials, crystalline silica, welding fumes, biocides and pesticides, endotoxines and asbestos.
As a Researcher Occupational Exposure Assessment your core activities are (prioritized starting with the most important activities):

  • Development of tools and new methods by using technologies (including AI) to assess and manage the risk of exposure to chemicals
  • Answer questions from customers by participating in data analyses and digital tools (models) to manage the risk of exposure to chemicals
  • Report on research for customers and publish in scientific media or within TNO
  • Participation in the collection of data in a responsible way at different workplaces
  • Manage and keep up to date related databases
  • Participation in (multidisciplinary) research projects
  • Participation in scientific discussions with (international) experts from various fields
  • Participation in writing proposals

What we expect from you

As a Researcher Occupational Exposure Assessment you are an enthusiastic and proactive teamplayer. You are decisive and like to get going. You are not afraid to tread new paths.
You have a broad scientific interest and you are looking for complex challenges in the field of human exposure assessment & risk management with an interest in data and modelling. Your curiosity together with your surprising and innovative ideas and solutions make you a great innovator.
And you recognize yourself in the following:

  • An academic background, preferably in Occupational/Environmental Health Sciences, Industrial Hygiene or Life Science Technology
  • You have at least 3 years of working experience
  • A PhD in the area of human risk assessment, environmental science or epidemiology is preferred
  • Knowledge regarding basic statistical methods
  • Interest in chemical exposures, related health risks and risk management
  • Good communicative skills both verbal and written.

What you'll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary between € 4.000,- and € 5.500,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:

  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • Travel allowance.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home.
  • A good pension scheme.

Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

Please apply before the 12th of February, 2023. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

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