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Senior Teamleader - Head Immune Challenge

  • Posted: 7 Oct 2021
  • Research & Innovation
  • Utrecht
  • Netherlands

About the job

Would you like to lead and manage a world class science team that impacts on our understanding of the role of nutrition in the development and maintenance of a healthy immune system?  Are you passionate about the science behind both preventive as well as therapeutic nutritional concepts for managing immune related disorders and translating the latest scientific developments into short-, mid- and long-term scientific and business opportunities?

We're looking for a Senior Teamleader - Head Immune Challenge to join the Danone Nutricia Research Research & Innovation Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Your Mission: Initiating, performing, managing and supporting state of the art scientific research into immunological processes and mechanisms aimed at the development of nutritional concepts for both prevention as well as treatment of immune related disorders.


The Senior Team Leader - Head Immune Challenge will operate within the Advanced & Open Life Science department where we work towards a better understanding of the development and functioning of the immune system and how this is being influenced by nutrition.


The role is part of a cross functional team, where the Senior Team Leader will lead a team of scientists and will report into the immunology director. Besides the day to day management of the team, the Senior Team Leader will interact intensively with the academic world and will seek for new collaborations and grant opportunities.

Other key responsibilities

  • Daily management of a team of scientists focused on immune related disorders
  • Design discovery and innovation programs together with a multidisciplinary team
  • Setting up public-private partnerships that support our business goals

About you

We are looking for a Sr Team Leader Immunology with:

  • A PhD in Immunology together with a senior research track record (at least senior post-doc experience) in immunology, inflammation, allergy and/or related topics
  • Registration (certified) as immunologist
  • A minimum of 7 years of team management AND project management experience
  • Strong and tangible experience in translating science into applications & marketable products
  • Ability to impact and influence stakeholders in a non-hierarchical, cross functional and highly international environment
  • Preferably has experience working in a business and academic and/or hospital environment

In order to be successful in the role you have excellent communication skills (in English) to interact with internal stakeholders at Danone Nutricia Research and with external stakeholders, such as Universities, hospitals and or other companies/spinoffs. Additionally you are a strong, pro-active leader, who can manage an experienced and scientific team within a complex and international environment. Last but not least you are a strong Immunologist that likes to give lectures and speak in public.


About us

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 Nutrilon 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.

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 25th, 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 ingrid.szary@danone.com


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




Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • Interview #1

  • Interview #2

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