Postdoctoral researcher in sensory research

Faculty of Science – Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

Publication date
18 June 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,588 to €3,475 gross per month
Closing date
24 July 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS)  is one of the largest institutes of the Faculty of Science. Our approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centered on three themes:

  1. Cell & Systems Biology
  2. Neurosciences, and
  3. Molecular Life Sciences.

The research group Biosystems Data Analysis is part of the Cell & Systems Biology theme and investigates methods to analyze biological data of diverse nature. In this context we are seeking for a postdoc to engage in a large collaborative project with partners in industry and at universities.

Project description

As postdoc you will work within a large collaborative NWO-funded project ('Chemosense') together with partners at Wageningen University, Leiden University, DSM and Unilever. The Chemosense project entails studying and modeling the relationship between sensory characteristics and advanced chemical analysis of food and taste ingredients. Your task in this project is to develop models for these relationships based on data collected by the partners. These models will need to accommodate nonlinearities and threshold characteristics present in the data using advanced multivariate data analysis and machine learning techniques.  


You should have a PhD degree in a relevant field ( for example (bio-) statistics, machine learning, chemometrics or sensometrics) and a solid background in applying data analysis techniques to a variety of chemical and/or sensory data.

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The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 1 year and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended with two more years to a total duration of 3 years.  

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary in the first year will be maximal €3,475 (scale 10-7). The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. There are also secondary benefits, such as an 8% holiday allowance per year and an end of year allowance of 8.3%.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Due to limitations in recruitment budget we will only consider candidates that are currently in Europe. Please do not respond if you are not in this continent.

You may submit your application by using the link below.

Your application should include a curriculum vitae including contact addresses of 2 academic references and a letter of motivation. Please combine these documents in one single attachment and also mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

We will accept applications until 24 July 2018. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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