Our Health department provides tailored support to companies which are seeking to identify the mechanism of action or to substantiate health benefits of their food ingredient or products. Our focus is on benefits in gut health and immunity, and the role of the gut microbiota. Our research models include in vitro cell assays, as well as clinical trials.

To expand our team, we are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic 

Senior Scientist Food, Nutrition & Health with a thorough understanding of gut health and immunity

Our ideal candidate has a PhD degree with a scientific track record in Nutrition Science, with 7+ years of working experience in a contract research organization (CRO) or industrial environment (food), and fulfills the requirements listed below. You describe yourself as a dedicated, proactive and creative professional, with a passion for finding and applying scientific solutions in the food and health industry.

The position

NIZO, as a CRO, positions itself as research partner for multinationals and highly promising start-ups alike. As a scientist for NIZO you will engage with these customers to interpret customer questions on a scientific-technical level. After identifying the customer need you will translate this into a high-quality, result-oriented project approach. You will also initiate large multidisciplinary projects for precompetitive and/or contract research. You know the market, actively follow developments and, with the help of our Business Developers, are capable of bringing in work.

After the project has been approved you will be responsible for the scientific supervision, interpretation and reporting of study results. You will also be in the lead in developing new research approaches, allowing us to address specific customer needs.

To guarantee success, scientists within NIZO collaborate in multidisciplinary teams led by project managers, with technical and scientific experts and business development managers, both within NIZO and on the customer side.

Your profile

  • Background in Nutritional Sciences.
  • Track record in nutrition and general health, digestion, gut health, immunity and microbiome modulated health as evidenced by referenced publications.
  • Eager to work in a dynamic and commercial environment.
  • Vision on science developments in the field and how to translate these into strategy.
  • Proven experience in design and conduct of food clinical trials (GCP).
  • Good knowledge of, and preferably proven experience in, designing and conducting in vitro and ex vivo cell assays.
  • Fluency in English.
  • A flexible and enthusiastic, result-driven, team player thinking in opportunities.

NIZO offers

  • Scientist position 32-40 hours per week.
  • Scientifically interesting and state-of-the-art research projects in food and health.
  • A dynamic, inspiring and creative environment with state-of-the-art facilities, where you can develop your personal skills in science, management and commerce.
  • Become part of a well-established and internationally recognized organization.
  • A team of professional colleagues, where high performance goes hand in hand with an informal working atmosphere with short lines of communication. 
  • A good salary and attractive secondary conditions, such as a pension plan, flexibility to work from home and ample holidays.

Information and application

For further information about this vacancy, please contact Janneke Ouwerkerk, Division Manager (janneke.ouwerkerk@nizo.com). For your CV to be processed, please upload it before November 24th on our application portal, together with your brief motivational letter.

Intermediaries please note that we have deliberately chosen to fill this vacancy ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated. Unsolicited CVs will be dealt with as if it were a direct application, without any obligation to third parties.