Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

Assistant Researcher Seed Pathology Research


Seed Pathology

Do you have a natural feeling for plant-pathogen interactions? Do you want to study seed health testing, seed borne pathogen epidemiology and biological control? This position of Assistant Researcher Seed Pathology Research might be just right for you!


The Seed Pathology Research department is specialised in research on seed-borne pathogens threatening seed health.

What are you going to do?

As an Assistant Researcher your main task will be the development and validation of seed health test methods, studying the epidemiology of seed borne pathogens and mechanisms for biological control. 
Furthermore you will participate in the implementation of the developed protocols for routine analysis in the routine seed health laboratory.

You will do general microbiology and basic molecular biology lab work for method development. You carry out greenhouse and open field experiments to study healthy and diseased plants and biological control of diseases. Based on your research we are able to address ad hoc issues, develop new protocols and answer fundamental research questions in seed pathology. To keep up to date on developments in your field you will read relevant literature. You report your research results to the Researcher Seed Pathology.

Your power

You have a natural feeling for plant-pathogen interactions in field and greenhouse. You are flexible and can work in a small, dynamic team with occasionally quickly changing priorities.
You are analytically strong and good at planning and organising. Your research method is systematically, accurate and you are self-critical on your results. You are eager to learn and you work independently. Finally, you are able to cooperate easily with people from other research groups and disciplines.

• BSc level
• Relevant working experience in plant pathology and in a laboratory, preferably in seed health or biological control.
• Familiar with molecular methods (PCR) and general microbiological techniques
• Work according to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)

Our power

We are an independent vegetable seed company, breeding, producing and marketing our varieties all over the world. There's a good chance that you'll find our tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, lettuce or other vegetables on your plate, no matter where you are. We are a company with a supportive, energetic culture.

As an employee of Enza Zaden, you’ll have more than 1800 colleagues of 40 nationalities worldwide. Strong team players with an entrepreneurial spirit who easily take responsibilities is exactly what we like to see in our employees here at Enza Zaden. Are you going to join us? We offer you a positive working environment and ample opportunities for personal development. Plus a competitive salary and excellent benefits.


 Please send your application to the HR department, via the button below. For more information please contact Karin Boon, HR Generalist, phone +31 (0)228 350 100.