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Project coordinator Mathematic modelling chemical exposure assessment
Bilthoven, The Netherlands
Min €3.503 – Max. €5.343
32-36 hours per week

Project coordinator Mathematic modelling chemical exposure assessment



Are you a project coordinator with knowledge of mathematic modelling and exposure science? Willing to contribute with multi-disciplinary project teams to solutions for societal questions regarding the risks of chemical substances? Than this vacancy might be interesting for you!

The department

Within the department Consumer and Product Safety [Consumenten en Product Veiligheid] (CPV) we work with about enthusiastic 25 colleagues to deal with questions like: “What are the health effects of chemicals, nanomaterials and microplastics in consumer products and our living environment? What is needed to adequately manage these risks?”. Our multidisciplinary team advices various governments in preventing health problems caused by chemicals of concern (such as PFAS). We participate in (inter)national scientific studies and we represent the Netherlands in European and worldwide consultations. The department is part of the Centre for Safety of Substances and Products [Veiligheid van Stoffen en Producten] (VSP).

Purpose of the position

In the present society a high variety of chemicals is produced and used in consumer products. European and national policy strive for sustainable and circular use of raw materials. Regulations for the safe production and use of chemicals in consumer products are in place. The European chemicals strategy for sustainability aims to change the regulations to better protect citizens and the environment from harmful chemicals. RIVM is regularly asked to advice on the health consequences of the exposure to hazardous chemical substances. In our advice we make use of consumer exposure models, which need to be based on state of the art exposure science.

In this position you coordinate projects aiming to investigate and improve consumer exposure models to chemical substances. With your knowledge and experience in result-oriented project coordination you will lead project teams consisting of experts on mathematic modelling, exposure science and risk assessment. You create an open constructive atmosphere within the team. Together with the team members you shape the project and within the boundaries of the project budget the project delivers scientifically sound results.

Tasks and activities

  • You are responsible for the project coordination of multi-disciplinary research projects aiming to improve the consumer exposure assessment models.
  • You motivate team members and present feedback on their performance.
  • You discuss and present both procedural and content related project reports, taking account of the added value for regulatory risk assessment and chemicals policy.
  • You will develop, maintain and use partnerships and contacts within RIVM and with employees of other (inter) national organizations.

Unique to this job

In this position at the RIVM you will coordinate projects on unique, innovative and challenging research questions based on societal needs. Due to the independent and scientific position of the RIVM, you find yourself between the academic and regulatory framework and you come into contact with the academic world as well as the ministries, enforcement authorities and the European institutions. As the exposure assessments will be used within the risk assessment of chemicals your efforts may have a direct contribution to actual societal questions.

Contact details

Do you want to contribute to our work in the position of Project coordinator Mathematic modelling chemical exposure assessment? Please aim your application to Joke Herremans, Head of the department of Consumer and Product Safety, but use the digital applicationform to send your application. If you have any questions regarding this position, Joke Herremans can be reached at + 31 (0)6 46860752.


What you bring

  • You have a relevant university qualification (for example in biology, chemistry, toxicology, physics or (applied) mathematics).
  • Experience and affinity with project management and report writing.
  • Experience with the mathematical modelling of physical/chemical and/or biological processes and toxicological risk assessment is considered an advantage.
  • You are able to position findings in the policy context of our clients.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills in Dutch and English. You are able to communicate specialist know-how in an understandable and convincing way to colleagues and external professionals.

Your strenghts

  • Planning and organization: You enjoy to work accurately and on a project basis with a proactive and flexible attitude.
  • Result-oriented: you focus on achieving a predetermined result and present transparent progress reports.
  • Analytical thinking: You analyze issues from different angles and build your opinion on the basis of information, arguments and considerations.
  • Sensitive for the external and internal (organizational) influences; you recognize external and internal developments and their impact on the project and research questions.
  • Motivation, your attitude, actions and intrinsic drive motivates your colleagues, you are a team player and you are able to provide and receive feedback.


Salarisniveau: schaal 11

Maandsalaris: Min €3.503 – Max. €5.343 (bruto)

Dienstverband: Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd

Contractduur: Temporary assignment for the duration of 18 months

Minimaal aantal uren per week: 32

Maximaal aantal uren per week: 36

Overige arbeidsvoorwaarden

Naast het salaris ontvang je een Individueel Keuzebudget (IKB). Het IKB bestaat uit geld (16,37% van je bruto jaarsalaris) en tijd. Met het IKB maak jij de keuzes die bij jou passen en kun je een deel van je arbeidsvoorwaarden zelf samenstellen. Je kunt er bijvoorbeeld voor kiezen om een deel van je maandinkomen te laten uitbetalen wanneer jij dat wenst. Ook kun je dit budget omzetten in verlof en andersom of besteden aan fiscaal vriendelijke doelen. De Rijksoverheid hecht sterk aan persoonlijke groei en loopbaanontwikkeling en biedt daarvoor tal van mogelijkheden. Tot de secundaire arbeidsvoorwaarden behoren onder meer verschillende studiefaciliteiten, bedrijfsfitness, volledige vergoeding van je OV-reiskosten woon-werkverkeer en gedeeltelijk betaald ouderschapsverlof.


Do you want to contribute to our work in the position of Project coordinator Mathematic modelling chemical exposure assessment? Send your application to Joke Herremans, Head of the department of Consumer and Product Safety. If you have any questions regarding this position, Joke Herremans can be reached at + 31 (0)6 46860752.


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