Vacancy: Epidemiologist (Scientific collaborator)

This vacancy has been nominated by the Health Council of the Netherlands.

Location: The Hague
Contract duration: Secondment construction is also possible
Hours per week: 20 – 36
Monthly salary: €3.279 – €5.710
Salary level: scale 11, scale 12
Level: Master/doctoral
Expertise: Research / science
Respond before 21 June
Vacaturenummer VWS210098-102(GR)
Employment contract: Employment contract for a fixed period with a view to an indefinite period

Job Description
As an epidemiologist, you and colleagues run the secretariat for the Committee on Health and Occupational Exposure to Stoffen (GBBS), and of its two subcommittees on the classification of carcinogenic stoffen or of stoffen harmful to reproduction. These (sub)committees evaluate in particular the toxic properties and health effects of the substances to which workers may be exposed at their workplace. This may lead to a recommendation for a health advisory value for the establishment of a workplace limit value, or a proposal for a hazard classification for carcinogenic or reprotoxic substances. You may also be deployed on other Health Council committees, whether or not in the field of working conditions.
For the (sub)committees you will perform literature research, prepare discussion papers and draft (English) advice. These documents are discussed during committee meetings and you take care of the reporting. You are also responsible for processing stakeholder comments on draft opinions. Together with an editor, you ensure that the summary and the press release are accessible to a wide audience. You also contribute to the recruitment of new committee members and maintain contacts with the Health Council’s scientific network and clients. You work in a small team of colleagues for each consultancy project.

Job requirements
– You have a completed university degree with a master’s or PhD in epidemiology
– You have affinality or experience with observational epidemiological research
– You have affinality or experience with research on exposure to chemical substances or you are willing to acquire further training in this field The Health Council makes science accessible to politicians and administrators. You will also be able to present scientific information in such a way that it can be used for policy development, for example by providing a clear line of argumentation.
– You can work both in a team and independently.
– You have excellent writing skills in English and generally have excellent communication skills.

– Analyze
– Result orientation
– Planning and organizing
– Working Together
– Accuracy
– Communicating in writing

Terms of employment
Salary level: scale 11, scale 12
Monthly salary: Min €3.279 – Max. €5,710 (gross)
Employment contract: Employment contract for a fixed period with a view to an indefinite period
Contract duration: Secondment construction is also possible
Minimum number of hours per week: 20
Maximum number of hours per week: 36

Other terms of employment
In addition to your salary, you will receive an Individual Choices Budget (IKB). The IKB consists of money (16,37% of your gross annual salary) and time. With IKB you can make the choices that suit you and you can compile part of your terms of employment yourself. For example, you can choose to have part of your monthly income paid out when you want. You can also convert this budget into leave and vice versa or spend it on fiscal-friendly goals. Central government attaches great importance to personal growth and career development and offers numerous opportunities for this. The secondary employment conditions include various study facilities, company fitness, full reimbursement of your public transport commuting costs and partially paid parental leave.


– You can address your application to: Gwen Soete, Head of Scientific Staff.
– If you have been designated as a mandatory VWNW candidate, please enclose a copy of this designation letter with your application.
– Because you will be working with confidential information in this position, we may ask for references during the application process and you will need a Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) to take up employment.
– A secondment construction for this position is possible.
– The first selection interviews will take place on 5 July. The second selection interview will take place on 8 July.

Health Council
What is healthy food? Who should receive a particular vaccine? How dangerous are certain chemical substances? Every year the Health Council of the Netherlands issues about 25 advisory reports to the government, the House of Representatives and/or the Senate, which contain the latest scientific insights on (public) health and health care. This ranges from areas such as care, prevention and nutrition to healthy living and healthy working conditions. The Health Council of the Netherlands is supported by the secretariat, which is divided into a scientific staff, a business operations department and a communication department. The secretariat employs about 50 people.
The Health Council Secretariat strives to be an inclusive and diverse organisation, with proportionate involvement of persons of different gender and ethnic or cultural backgrounds.

For more information about this vacancy:
Jolanda Rijnkels, Senior Scientific Secretary
06 528 047 97

For more information about the application process:
Gwen Soete, Head of Scientific Staff
06 527 765 46

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