PhD position in nanotoxicology

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

  • Stand­plaats Bilthoven
  • Contractduur Temporary for 48 months
  • Uren per week 36
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 24 februari Nog 5 dagen
  • Vacaturenummer V&Z-GZB-063
  • Plaatsingsdatum 1 februari 2020
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd


Nanomaterials have unique characteristics related to their small size and are therefore applied in many different products ranging from solar cells to food. SAbyNA aims to support the development of nano-enabled products (NEP) that are safe-by-design. This requires a good understanding of the potential health and environmental risks along the life cycle of a product. Research efforts in the field of nanotoxicology have been focusing on testing ‘pristine’ or ‘bare’ nanomaterials, information on NEP and on transformations of nanomaterials along the life cycle is lacking.

The PhD project will focus on the development of hazard strategies for nanomaterials and NEPs throughout the life cycle. This includes optimization of in vitro methods to predict health effects of nanomaterials and NEP. The hazard strategies will be used at early stages of product development for the purpose of developing NEPs that are safe by design. The hazard strategy will be demonstrated using two case studies: 3D printing and paints.
Within SAbyNA, there is a close collaboration between 17 partners from government, research institutes and industry from Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden, United States and the Netherlands.


We are looking for a motivated researcher with the following requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in Toxicology or a related field
  • Affinity with nanotechnology and nanomaterials
  • Laboratory skills: experience in cell culturing
  • Analytical skills: data integration and analysis, statistical analysis
  • Communication skills: SAbyNA is a multidisciplinary project with many different partners, we are looking for a team player
  • Planning skills: the project requires the ability to work independently
  • High quality English


  • Salaris­omschrijving

    The salary corresponds to the OIO salary scale according to the working conditions.
    You will be employed on the basis of a 36-hour week. The appointment is temporary for the duration of 4 years. Your salary (per 1-1-2020): € 2.605,10 gross per month (based on 36 hours a week) in the first year, ascending to € 2.937,51 gross per month in the fourth year.

    In addition the RIVM has many attractive employee-conditions, such as personal development, study facilities, an individual employee conditions choice system (IKB).

  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd
  • Contract­duur Temporary for 48 months
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 36
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 36


Please use the digital applicationform and address your application to Janine Ezendam, Department head VTS.

Meer over jouw toekomstige afdeling

The RIVM offers an excellent scientific environment with a solid group of senior researchers involved in nanotoxicology. You will be placed in the Department for Innovative Testing Strategies within the Centre for Health Protection (Gezondheidsbescherming, GZB). GZB focuses on human health effects of chemical substances, biological agents and particles, with a special focus on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, tobacco, consumer products and the interaction with life style factors. Within these topics, novel developments are followed and both laboratory and desk research is performed to better understand and explain health effects. GZB has a broad laboratory infrastructure, including chemical analysis, cell biology and imaging laboratories. Research results are translated into advice for policymakers, risk assessor and scientists within (inter)national bodies. In addition, within GZB, we offer a social environment with multidisciplinary teams and an informal structure. For PhD candidates, RIVM offers the promovendi network RIVM (Proneri) to connect with other PhD candidates at the institute.
The Department for Innovative Testing Strategies (Vernieuwing TestStrategieën, VTS) gives advice to policymakers from different Ministries (VWS, I&W, LNV) on the risks of exposure to chemical substances, nanomaterials and medical devices and on alternatives to animal testing. The department generates novel scientific knowledge and insights on these topics and translates this knowledges into advice for (inter)national governments and regulatory institutes. The main aim of the research performed at VTS is to use scientific knowledge on molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity to improve the risk assessment of substances in an innovative way. Within VTS there is special focus on reproductive toxicology, neurotoxicology, immunotoxicology, inhalation toxicology and medical devices.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) protects and promotes public health and consumer safety, and we help to protect the quality of the environment. We’ve done so for more than a hundred years and RIVM has become a knowledge institute that is at the heart of society. RIVM carries out independent research and provides the government with trusted policy advice regarding health and the environment. We deal with issues concerning infectious diseases, vaccinations, population studies, lifestyle, nutrition, drugs, the environment, sustainability and safety. We do this through research, advice, direction or implementation. RIVM annually produces and publishes numerous reports. RIVM has a total of approximately 1.800 staff.


Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

Hedwig Braakhuis, Ph.D.


Janine Ezendam, Department head VTS


Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Linda de Greef-Norden (vacaturebeheer)


Asmae Uali (vacaturebeheer)



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