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    • Date Posted
      September 25,2021
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    Principal Scientist: Human Milk Research & Analytical Science

    About the job

    Would you like to lead the science program that impacts on our understanding of the role of human milk and breastfeeding research?

    Are you passionate about the science behind the dynamic and complexity of human milk composition and benefits, developing innovative nutritional concepts translating the latest scientific developments into short-, mid- and long-term scientific and business opportunities?

    We are looking for a Principal Scientist Human Milk Research & Analytical Science based in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

    Your Mission:

    As Principal Scientist Human Milk Research & Analytical Science you will be initiating, performing, managing, and supporting state of the art scientific research program aimed at new insights and translation of science into innovative nutritional concepts for health- and life span.

    You will design and govern a science program combining analytics, life sciences, and nutrition within a multidisciplinary team. This will happen in close connection with other functions at R&I (e.g., Life Sciences, Clinical Studies, and Advanced Technology) as well as with commercial functions, Regulatory Affairs, Quality, Operations and Finance to deliver and build the evidence pipeline and ensure scientific substantiation. You will interact intensively with the academic world and will seek for new collaborations and setting up a strong public-private partnership that support our business goals

    You will be based in the state of art R&I Center in Utrecht and will be part of Advanced Health & Science and will report to the Science Director Human Milk Research & Analytical Science.

    The main mission of our Advanced Health & Science pillar is to design, create and deliver a pipeline of new concepts and solutions based in the Nutrition and Life Sciences to benefit our brands, acceleration units, and Danone’s local needs. Our diverse, international teams lead the way in Nutrition & Life & Analytical Science, Human Evidence & Insight Generation, supported by Planning & Quality, and Communication & Activation experts.

    The composition of human milk (nutrients and other bioactive factors) is uniquely tailored to infant’s specific demands for growth and development and is influenced by diet, genes, lifestyle and health of mother and child. WHO (World Health Organization) recommends exclusive breastfeeding (BF) for the first six months, and continued BF with adequate complementary foods for up to two years and beyond. The Research on human milk relies on studying the structure, function and biology of molecules and cellular ingredients and their specific interplay, respectively. The insights gathered are not only relevant for health in early life, but also for the entire health- and lifespan of an individual, thus, being important for global public health. Progress in this exciting area can only be achieved by applying strong multidisciplinary expertise including analytical- and life science strategies and involving also key public-private research networks.

    About you

    You hold a PhD degree in health science with a senior research track record on analytics, life sciences and nutrition (preferably in pregnancy and lactation area).

    Next to that you are

    • flexible and able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary environment with competing and changing priorities
    • motivated to learn broader aspects of conducting science in a business environment and open to understand the needs beyond R&I
    • strong and tangible experience in translating science for various stakeholders
    • a powerful communicator, able to lead challenging conversations/presentations to interact with internal stakeholders at Danone Nutricia Research and with external stakeholders, such as universities, hospitals and or other companies/spinoffs
    • a strong, pro-active leader, who can manage a complex program health and science benefits in an international environment.
    • entrepreneurial - able to create possible options within the context of a strict regulatory environment and provide positive challenge. You are comfortable in forecasting risks and strongly focused in turning them into opportunities when possible
    • preferably experienced in working in a business and academic and/or hospital environment

    About us

    Danone’s mission is bringing health through food to as many people as possible and we want to invite people to join the movement for a healthier world. We recognize the power people must impact the world through their daily choices. Working here you’ll need to enjoy a fast-pace, complexity and it can get a little challenging. But it’s packed with opportunities. You’ll work with some of the best-known brands in the world, such as Evian, Nutricia, Activia and Aptamil and we absolutely guarantee that you can just be yourself. Be innovative and entrepreneurial and the impact you could make might just amaze you. Join our movement for a healthier world. One Planet One Health BY YOU.

    Nutricia Research Center for Specialized Nutrition located in the Utrecht Science Park in the Netherlands is a state-of-the-art innovation center for the development of new product, process, and packaging concepts. We create formulas that provide clinically substantiated health benefits to vulnerable consumers – infants, toddlers, elderly, and patients.

    We are proud to be an equal employer. We are convinced our differences make the difference and that an inclusive working environment will drive our growth as a business, as teams and as individuals. We will therefore consider all applicants for employment* fostering an inclusive working culture that is accessible for all.

    Did you know that as a B-Corp certified company, Danone Benelux meets the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability?

    We Offer

    At Danone, we offer a complete package of benefits, with a competitive primary salary and yearly bonus, but also benefits like a premium free pension, 30 days annual leave and several discounts on a collective health insurance and even on some of our products.

    What’s next?

    Hit the “apply now” button. You have until the closing date October 10th, 2021 to apply. After your application deadline first feedback will follow within 2 weeks. In case you are invited to the selection process you should expect to receive feedback 2 weeks after each step of the process

    To comply with GDPR regulations, we cannot process your personal data without given consent. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying directly via our career website.

    Need more information? Please contact Ingrid Szary, Talent Manager R&I at

    • all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status
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