The Research group RAPID (Risk Analysis for Products In Development) specialises in multidisciplinary projects on the assessment of health risks due to potentially hazardous exposures from all environments and sources, including at work, in the general environment, as well as via intake of food or drugs. RAPID consists of around 50 members with expertise in numerous fields including toxicology, epidemiology, exposome, chemistry, occupational hygiene, and statistics. By combining risk analysis, statistical expertise, and practical experience in various fields of experimental research, RAPID develops innovative, science-based tools, models, and methods to predict potential risks accurately and efficiently. Ultimately, RAPID research focusses on reducing risks and improving human health. This is achieved by RAPID’s active involvement in endeavours such as advising on applying safe- and sustainable-by-design principles for products and processes, exposure reduction measures, as well as generating actionable knowledge for policymakers and other stakeholders. This is done together with universities, research institutes, government and industry partners.

What will be your role?

The prediction of human health risks is more and more based on modeling to reduce costs and to speed up the assessment process. RAPID combines its risk analysis and modelling expertise with practical experience in the field of innovative experimental research (toxicology, chemical analysis, human exposure). Integrated approaches are being developed to optimize the prediction of human health risks and reduce animal testing. These approaches also allow us to identify potential risk of products early in their development (safe by design), compare scenarios and to gain insight in the effects of prevention measures.

Within RAPID, the team ‘Safe-by-Design’ works on the development of innovative methods to improve the prediction of hazards and health risks related to chemical exposure with the ultimate aim to prevent or limit the occurrence of diseases. The team work in various (inter)national research projects to further refine Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD) and Next Generation Risk Assessment (NGRA) approaches. The team also assists chemical, food and pharma companies as well as governments in evaluating chemical safety issues related to occupational or environmental exposures.

We are currently looking for a Toxicologist to expand our Safe-by-Design team. As a toxicologist, you will play a key role in the retrieval and interpretation of toxicological data based on literature, in silico methods, and in vitro methods, and to translate this data into clear recommendations for our clients. In addition, you will play a role in the initiation of a SbD screening facility in cooperation with our TNO departments in Leiden. You will work closely with other experts in the team such as the exposure scientists and data scientists. The ideal candidate is passionate about toxicology, loves translating experimental data but is also critical towards data and able to quickly subtract the relevant details, enjoys working in a multidisciplinary setting and is eager to expand current knowledge and best practices.

As a Toxicologist your core activities are:

  • develop and apply tools and innovative methods for hazard prediction and risk assessment;
  • making scientific knowledge and innovative methods for risk assessment and safe by design applicable for industrial players;
  • bridging experimental toxicology to practical implementation in next-generation risk assessment and Safe by Design;
  • participation in (multidisciplinary) research projects;
  • participation in scientific discussions with (international) experts from various fields;
  • participation in analysis and reporting of data sets and literature surveys;
  • participation in writing project proposals;
  • present and publish results in scientific media, but also within TNO.

What we expect from you

For the role of toxicologist in our team we are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

  • At least a Master degree in toxicology, health sciences, medical biology, pharmacology or biomedical sciences (PhD preferred);
  • Laboratory experience using in vitro toxicity assays;
  • More than 3 years of experience in toxicological risk assessment;
  • An integrator that can connect people from different disciplines;
  • A team player with an analytical mindset, a pro-active, client-oriented attitude, used to work with strict budget and firm timelines;
  • Strong scientific writing skills, the ability to interpret scientific data on safety into clear recommendations for our clients;
  • Excellent communication skills, fluency in English;
  • Eager to learn new science and to expand current knowledge;
  • Certification as a European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) is a plus;
  • Working experience in the chemical industry is a plus.

What you'll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary between € 4.500,- and € 6.000,- (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:

  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • We offer a comprehensive and flexible mobility plan that also includes full compensation for public transportation for commuting and business travel.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours, the possibility to work parttime (32 of 36 hours) and the possibility of working from home.
  • A good pension scheme.

Read more about tailoring your benefits package.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

Please apply before the 20th of December 2023. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

A certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is required before starting a new job at TNO.