It takes more than just craftsmanship to make the creamiest, spiciest, tastiest cheese on an industrial scale. Especially now that the demand for new products and innovative production methods is increasing. With these and other questions, the industry comes to NIZO, for more than 70 years the expertise centre for dairy and other food products. Dairy and cheese technology is booming at NIZO! Every day we work on technologically and scientifically challenging subjects for our customers, delivering solutions that work in practice.

If you are just as fascinated about that as we are, why not join our team of experts as our new

Scientist Dairy and Cheese Technology

Since our customers are interested in many different cheese products and corresponding technologies, such as Gouda cheese, Cheddar, but also mozzarella and cream cheese, you will be involved in a large variety of challenges and research questions. You are comfortable with that, because you understand the fundamental aspects that are important in producing cheese and dairy products with regard to texture and other product characteristics. Therefore, you can deliver the required solutions in this role.

As sustainability plays a central role for our customers in the food industry, the protein transition is a major theme for NIZO. Developing dairy mimics (plant-based products) is a rapidly growing area where you will be working as well. Translating and using dairy knowledge together with experts on plant proteins allows you to help our customers with their challenges towards developing more sustainable plant based products.

Your role

  • Initiate, supervise and participate in research and development projects in the area of dairy science and technology;
  • Translate customer needs into scientific and technological approaches that will deliver practical solutions;
  • Safeguard the scientific quality in commercial projects and lead the strategic science development relevant for the industry.

Who you are

  • A practical, enthusiastic and pro-active, internationally recognized professional who can translate science into practice;
  • PhD or MSc in Dairy Science or related sciences
  • Several years of research experience in dairy or related industry;
  • Driven by understanding, creative and conceptual thinker.

What we offer

  • An attractive and diverse position in a dynamic, inspiring and creative environment with great facilities and the finest colleagues;
  • An opportunity to work in an established team of leading dairy scientists and technologists;
  • The possibility to be at the forefront of industrial relevant research and development, of which the protein transition is a key driver;
  • You become part of a well-established and internationally recognized organization with ample opportunities for personal and professional development and growth;
  • An attractive compensation package, pension plan, 25 holidays and 13 days work time reduction (ADV).

More info and how to apply

Contact René Floris, Division Manager Food for more information (phone: +31-6 22738871,, please don’t use this address for your application). You can apply by uploading your motivation and CV here.