Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

Plant Molecular Physiologist


Plant pioneer

Are you the pioneer with a plant physiology and molecular background to contribute to the validation of traits in various crops? 

What are you going to do as a Plant Molecular Physiologist?

As a Plant Molecular Physiologist, you will be the cornerstone between the breeding, phytopathology and cell technology department. You will be involved in determining the environmental condition(s) negatively influencing specific traits and defining a research strategy to circumvent any negative effects observed. You will develop bioassays in order to screen against negative effects observed and molecular tools such as expression profiling, forward and reverse screening. You will closely work with the biotech breeders and researchers in order to validate traits before full implementation.


At Cell Technology (CT), we cooperate with breeding and other Biotechnology departments to deliver plants with various genetic value. Within Cell biology 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 are used by the various breeding/Biotechnology teams. We have experience in plant growth, 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

You are passionate about working with plants. In your work as a plant physiologist, you are able to work independently and accurate. Your natural curiosity drives you to investigate and come to conclusions followed by a practical and timely advice. You come up with creative solutions fitting the situational needs. Your attitude is analytic, proactive and practical.

Your flexible mind set allows you to switch between activities and re-prioritise when needed. Thanks to your excellent communication skills, you connect easily with people on multiple levels and take position based on relevant arguments for improvements in the process chain.


  • PhD degree on Plant Molecular Physiology
  • Degree on Biology or Biotechnology
  • Demonstrable knowledge on plant genetics
  • Good communication skills in English and proficiency in Dutch is a pre
  • Experience with project management involving different parties
  • Creative, accurate and analytical, networker

You show initiative and independence to perform activities but always in consultation of the project leader. Due to your excellent interpersonal communication skills, you feel in place in a multi-disciplinary team in a fast pace, dynamic organisation. 

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 2,000 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.

We offer you a positive working environment and ample opportunities for personal development.
Besides being an international vegetable breeding company, Enza Zaden is also an independent family owned business. For three generations, an entrepreneurial spirit, long-term vision and focus on innovation have characterized the company’s distinctive features and healthy growth.

Interested in the position of Plant Molecular Physiologist?

Please point your application to the HR department, via the button below. For more information please contact Ingrid Bosch, Recruiter, phone +31 228 784 627 or +31 (0)6 233 90 523.