Application Administrator STARLIMS


Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

Application Administrator STARLIMS


Implement and manage the laboratory application landscape

Do you have an understanding of typical laboratory workflows or similar industries and/or knowledge of Laboratory Informatics? Are you looking for an exciting international position? Enza Zaden is looking for an experienced Application Administrator with experience in SQL compliant databases (Microsoft SQL Server).

What are you going to do as an Application Administrator?

Your goal is to implement and manage the laboratory application landscape, taking into account the IT trends and being in line with the strategy of Enza Zaden. Because of the wishes and growth of the organisation we need a reliable ICT environment. As team member within the IT department you manage the laboratory application landscape with its end-users in 10 laboratories used in 4 different countries.

The IT department is responsible for the operations of various applications used within Enza Zaden. You will work independent in a team of twenty people with focus on laboratory applications and the STARLIMS application specifically.

As Application Administrator you are responsible for configuration and development of the application STARLIMS and the contact for all sorts of technical questions, incidents and problems. You think along with external suppliers and provide them with the necessary information. Internally you have intensive contacts with colleagues like the System- and Network Administrators, the Database Administrators and the key users in the different laboratories. This means you access and analyse the business requirements on functional and technical options, within and between the different applications. You know how to translate this into program changes and solutions. You have to be analytically strong as Application Administrator so you can suggest and implement improvements and give the IT department advise when drafting and implementing policies, architectural principles and procedures.

Your power

Through open and clear communication, you have the ability to develop and maintain networks both internally and externally in the organisation (service-oriented). Due to the international nature of this position, it is important that the Application Administrator STARLIMS has a good command of the English language, preferably also Dutch. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written are therefore necessary. As Application Administrator you are able to establish and maintain working relationships with uses and colleagues.

The Application Administrator STARLIMS has to function well in a multidisciplinary team and is able to work independently. Because of the different laboratories a wide degree of creativity and initiative is expected. Therefore, a good knowledge of the SQL data manipulation and data definition languages but also experiences with Jscript, .NET, VB Script is a plus. You are reporting to the Manager Application Services but are working under a minimum of supervision. This means you need to be well organised, results orientated and work methodically and coordinate your work with colleagues. You become the expert in all aspects of the STARLIMS standard products including core functionality, designer tools and the STARLIMS programming languages and know how to configure STARLIMS to address requirements with out of the box solutions.

In short, you

  • have an ICT education on a Bachelor level or Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Clinical Lab Science;
  • have 3 years of relevant IT work experience;
  • have experience with SQL compliant databases (Microsoft SQL Server);
  • understand the needs and requirements and be able to relate these to standard STARLIMS functionality;
  • are willing to experiment with new techniques and broaden your knowledge;
  • are willing to travel as the occasion arises.

Our power

Enza Zaden is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties and produces and sells the seeds of these across the world. Both for standard as well as organic agriculture.

Our aim is to ensure that people have access to healthy vegetables. Wherever they are in the world. Worldwide, over 460 million people consume our vegetables every day. So, we're well on the way.... but there's still a lot to be done! Of course, we are also looking beyond the here and now. We also want to be sure that there are sufficient vegetables to feed everyone in 2050 when our world is home to some 10 billion inhabitants.

To achieve this, we work with the best that nature has to offer. And we support this with innovative technologies, which enable us to make the plant breeding process faster and more efficient. And that is necessary because the development of a new vegetable variety currently takes some 6 to 10 years. We also focus on higher yields, resistance to disease and plagues and climate extremes, such as heat and drought. And, of course, on flavour, shelf life, and nutrients. The results? Strong, healthy and delicious vegetable varieties that deliver more per m2 of agricultural land, require fewer crop protection products and can withstand the changes in our climate. You notice this in everything in our company: sustainability is in our DNA.

Our head office in Enkhuizen is our home base, but we have colleagues throughout the world. Enza Zaden is an independent family company in which some 2,000 employees from over 40 nationalities spread across 6 continents work together closely in international teams.


Please point your application to the HR department, via the button below. For more information please contact Martine Rook, Recruiter, phone +31 228 784 638.

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated