Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Utrecht


The Initial Training Network MONPLAS concerns the training of early stage researchers (ESR) for the development of technologies to MONitor concentrations of micro and nanoPLAStics in water for their presence, uptake and threat to animal and human life. The ESR at WFSR will develop analytical methods to determine micro and nanoplastics in food products or additives. The aim of this proposal is to improve analytical sample preparation and detection techniques for both micro and nanoplastics, and gain insight into the oral exposure of humans to environmentally relevant micro and nanoplastics. For this, reliable analytical methods will be developed and validated to detect them in complex matrices, based upon our extensive experience with engineered nanoparticles. For more information you can go to

It is your job to make this project into a success. You will develop reliable analytical methods to determine micro and nanoplastics, at first in water, than in more complex samples such as food products, additives and biological tissues. Not only instrumental techniques but also sample preparation and quality control techniques are of major importance. For this you will stay in contact with the other ESRs in the MONPLAS project from whom you will learn and who will learn from you. With the analysis of typical food basket products you will gain insight into the oral exposure of humans to micro and nanoplastics. For this you will be in contact with organizations as the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. You will present your results at international congresses and (project)meetings, and publish your results in international journals.

  • ms project
  • quality control