Funded PhD position in Cellular Proteins at Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands

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Funded PhD position in Cellular Proteins at Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands

Are you interested in novel food proteins derived from bacteria, yeast, fungi, and microalgae? Are you ready for your next step in academia? Are you ambitious and do you want to perform research on the extraction and functionality of the next generation of alternative food proteins? We have a PhD position in Cellular Proteins. Will you join us?

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student to develop downstream processes for the extraction of crude and purified protein ingredient fractions from microbial biomass (yeast, fungi, bacteria, microalgae). The research will involve structure-function studies of the extracted proteins to enable targeted modifications of the fractionation process leading to highly functional ingredients for the next generation of meat and dairy alternatives. This PhD position will be based in the Food Process Engineering group at Wageningen University (


Your task

1. develop downstream processes to obtain raw and purified protein components with high techno-functionality and
2. investigate protein structure-function relationships of cellular proteins in the obtained fractions in order to target highly functional ingredients for milk or dairy alternatives.


What we offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • study leave and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team.

The gross salary for the first year is € 2.443,- per month rising to € 3.122,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.


Eligibility requirements

We ask that applicants should

  • have a successful master’s degree in food science, biotechnology, chemical technology, or equivalent;
  • be a team player and passionate about working in a collaborative project;
  • have good communication and organizational skills and are able to work both independently and in a team environment;
  • be fluent in English at C1 level.


For more information

Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Julia Keppler, Associate Professor ([email protected]).
For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, recruiter, by email: [email protected].


How to apply 

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter, using the apply button below which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.


This vacancy will be listed up to and including May 23rd 2022

We hope to schedule the first job interviews at the beginning of June 2022.

The preferred starting date for this position is August/September 2022.


Visit the official webpage for more information


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