Scientist (Phd) in analytical chemistry - Food contact materials & Food additives

Scientist (Phd) in analytical chemistry - Food contact materials & Food additives

  • Full time Position
  • Brussels (Belgium)
  • Published on September 10 2021

Sciensano supports Belgian and European health policy by innovative scientific research, surveillance and expert advice. Our 800 employees collaborate in more than 100 scientific projects, financed by governmants, Belgian or international partners and stakeholders. More information on current and future projects can be found at

Food Contact Materials & Additives’ evaluates potential risks from known and emerging organic pollutants (e.g. phthalates, bisphenol A,…) and food additives (intensive sweeteners,…) in food, food contact materials and other consumer products. The risks are assessed by defining the hazard of the specific substances and assessing exposure through food. This approach allows national and international health authorities to adapt their legislation based on concrete and objective scientific evidence.

You will join a multi-disciplinary team to support ongoing projects in the laboratory and lead independent research on challenging research & development issues and deliver new insight into the contamination of food, food contact materials and other consumer products via skillful application of analytical techniques.

You are expected to identify cutting edge applications for mass spectrometry and other analytical techniques to strengthen the laboratory’s position as a centre of excellence. Current detection capabilities include tandem MS, TOF-MS, IMS-TOF-MS, Orbitrap, but also UV, Fluorescence, conductivity, FID and this in combination with different analytical techniques such as IC, LC and GC.

You analyse, interpret and disseminate research findings and results in peer-review publications and presentations at (inter)national symposia and conferences.

You develop and maintain analytical methods, workflows and analytical protocols in accordance with the quality and legal requirements.

You attract new (inter)national research projects.

You manage the laboratory in its day-to-day operation and train new team members.

You work in collaboration with other members of the laboratory and act as liaison officer with National and European Authorities.

Our ideal candidate : PhD in relevant sciences (e.g. chemistry, pharmacy, bio-chemistry, biomedical sciences, veterinary medicine, bio-engineers); track record of writing peer-review publications in the relevant field; experience in development and validation of analytical methods using GC and/or LC in combination with different detection techniques. Language: French or Dutch and excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Our offer : an employment contract of indefinite duration (class SW21); a challenging and fascinating project in a rapidly evolving field; a knowledge-intensive position in a renowned health institute; a contribution to public health policy; a young enthusiastic team of colleagues; other benefits: insurances, meal vouchers, flexible hours in a 38-hour work week, reimbursement of public transport