Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

Intern Cell Biology

Marieke Ykema




Optimise protocols 

What are you going to do as an Intern Cell Biology?

As intern Cell Biology you will work together with researchers at the Cell Biology department. You will set up and optimise protocols for obtaining doubled haploid plants that will be used by breeders to create hybrid varieties. You will focus on isolation of microspores and adjusting parameters for induction of embryogenesis and regeneration.

Due to your inquisitive and persistent nature, you are able to determine the right approach by testing different lab techniques. Because you prove yourself to be a future researcher, Enza Zaden will be able to move forward in this interesting subject! You will be of great value to the Researcher Cell Biology, who is also your supervisor.


At Cell Biology (CB) we cooperate with Breeding and other Biotechnology departments to deliver plants with various genetic value. Within research, we focus on developing protocols that enable us to copy, fix and generate new genetics.

Once we have established these protocols, we work closely with our production team to run them in a routine environment and transforming these protocols into products that can be used by the various Breeding/Biotechnology teams. We have experience in double haploid production, micro propagation, plant transformation, mutagenesis, protoplast based technologies and embryo rescue. We are keen on expanding our technology portfolio by exploring advances in the above-mentioned techniques.

Your power

Driven by your curiosity you like to dig yourself into a challenging research question. You love to find out how biological processes exactly work. You want to learn more about plant and cell biology and about how this field of research can contribute to the generation of vegetable varieties. Of course, you are also able to work accurate, as you are dealing with sensitive protocols and live cells. It is easy for you to maintain focus, keep an eye on the end-goal and deliver results. Since you will work in an international team, you are eager to work and learn together.

In short, you:

  • are in the last year of your MSc plant-, cell- or biotechnology study;
  • have laboratory and sterile handling experience;
  • are interested in plant biology;
  • are an independent worker;
  • speak fluent English.

Our power

Enza Zaden is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties. We produce and sell the seeds of these varieties all over the world. Both for conventional and organic growers.

Our goal is to grant people access to healthy vegetables. Anywhere in the world. Every day, more than 460 million people worldwide eat our vegetables. So, we are getting there ... but there is still enough work to be done! Of course, we look further than present needs. In 2050, when there will be about 10 billion inhabitants on our planet, we also want to make sure that people have access to healthy vegetables.

To achieve this, our vegetable breeders work with the best that nature offers.

Supported by state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. And that is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes at least 6 years. We focus on higher yield, resistance to diseases and pests and climate extremes such as heat and drought. And on taste, shelf life and nutrients. The result? Strong, healthy tasty and climate-proof vegetable varieties with higher yield per square meter and less need of crop protection products or fertilizer. In short, sustainability is truly in our DNA.

Our head office in Enkhuizen is our home base, but we have colleagues all over the world. Enza Zaden is an independent family business, where around 2000 employees from more than 40 nationalities closely work together in international teams.


Please, send your application to our HR department, via the button below. More information:

  • Annemarie Weening, Recruiter