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Research internship human biomonitoring in the risk assessment of UV-filters

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

  • Stand­plaats Bilthoven
  • Uren per week 32 - 40
  • Vergoeding €616
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 4 oktober Nog 14 dagen
  • Vacaturenummer VSP-stage-001
  • Plaatsingsdatum 3 augustus 2019
  • Dienst­verband Onderzoeksstage


RIVM, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, is partner in the European project HBM4EU (Human Biomonitoring for Europe; This project aims to coordinate and advance human biomonitoring in Europe to provide evidence for chemical policymaking. We are looking for a master student who is interested in a research internship of 4-6 months to contribute to HBM4EU.

During this internship, you will explore the various ways human biomonitoring data may be of added value in the chemical risk assessment by elaborating the case of UV-filters. While UV filters in sunscreens and cosmetics have been effective in protecting against a variety of UV-related pathologies, such as sunburns and melanomas, growing popularity of sunscreens and increasing potential exposure has led to increased societal concern about their potential impact on the environment and human health. During the internship, you will work on the following questions:

  1. To which levels of benzophenones are EU citizens currently exposed?
  2. What are the major sources of exposure to benzophenones for the general EU population and for specific vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women?
  3. Are current exposure levels safe in relation to the toxicological properties of benzophenones?
  4. Did the restriction of benzophenone-3 in cosmetics in the EU (September 2017) result in reduced exposure levels? Did the restriction of benzophenone-3 result in augmented exposure levels of other benzophenone or other UV filter compounds?
  5. How can the human health risk of cumulative exposure levels of benzophenones and other UV filters be assessed? Is information on their (additive or other) effects relevant for policy makers?
  6. Does the available biomonitoring information provide information on the positive health impact of using UV filters, i.e. is the incidence of (skin) cancer reduced by the use of UV-filters on a yearly basis?

Aiming to answer these questions, you will assemble information generated in the other work packages of the project, information available in the scientific publications, and perform data analysis. Your internship will result in an internship report and contribution to a product of the HBM4EU project.


  • You are a master student in toxicology, pharmacology, biomedical sciences, biology or another program with sufficient background in toxicology.
  • think critically and have strong analytical skills.
  • You can work independently and are proactive.
  • You have good written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • You have a positive attitude, are eager to learn and willing to receive positive feed back.


  • Dienst­verband Onderzoeksstage
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 32
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 40

Overige arbeids­voorwaarden

 Period of internship: 4 to 6 months.


Please address your application to mrs. ir. Joke Herremans, Department head.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) protects and promotes public health and consumer safety, and we help to protect the quality of the environment. We’ve done so for more than a hundred years and RIVM has become a knowledge institute that is at the heart of society. RIVM carries out independent research and provides the government with trusted policy advice regarding health and the environment. We deal with issues concerning infectious diseases, vaccinations, population studies, lifestyle, nutrition, drugs, the environment, sustainability and safety. We do this through research, advice, direction or implementation. RIVM annually produces and publishes numerous reports. RIVM has a total of approximately 1.800 staff.


Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

Mevrouw ir. Joke Herremans


Mevrouw ir. Joke Herremans



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