Assistant Researcher Seed Pathology


Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

Assistant Researcher Seed Pathology

Do you have a natural feeling for plant-pathogen interactions?

Do you want to study seed health testing and seed borne pathogen epidemiology? This position of Assistant Researcher Seed Pathology Research might be just right for you!

What are you going to do as an Assistant Researcher Seed Pathology

The Seed Pathology Research department is specialised in research on seed-borne plant pathogens threatening seed health. As an Assistant Researcher, you will develop and validate innovative and robust seed health tests, crop monitoring methods and study the epidemiology of seed-borne pathogens. You will interact with different departments, like Seed Health and Seed Production, and regularly discuss your results and plans for implementation of the developed protocols and procedures.

You perform applied research in our modern and partly automated seed health laboratory using general microbiological, phytopathological and  molecular techniques. Furthermore, you carry out field epidemiological research in greenhouse and open field experiments to study the best methods to produce healthy plants and harvest pest free seeds. You are able to translate your results in tables and graphs, and write clear reports. Based on your research we are able to manage new diseases, develop new protocols and answer fundamental research questions in seed pathology. In order to stay up to date with developments in your field of expertise, you will read relevant literature and follow courses. You report your research results to the Researcher Seed Pathology.

Your power

You can connect your lab skills to a natural feeling for plant-pathogen interactions. You are as comfortable in a lab environment as in open field and greenhouse. You are flexible and can work in a small, dynamic team with occasionally quick changing priorities.

You have strong analytical skills and able to plan and organize your experiments very well. You can critically review your own results and draw clear conclusions. You are eager to learn and work independently. Finally, you cooperate easily with people from other research groups and disciplines.

In short, you:

  • have a BSc degree (HLO) or a degree in secondary vocational education (MLO) with relevant working experience in the laboratory;
  • you have a strong interest in plants and plant pathogens;
  • are familiar with molecular methods (PCR) and general microbiological techniques;
  • work according to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and VMT (Veilige Microbiologische Technieken)
  • are fluent in Dutch and English language (written and speaking).

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. In order to explain this properly (and as briefly as possible) we have made an animation.

For more than 80 years we are working with the best that nature offers. We support this with state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. That is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes up 6 to 10 years.

The results? Strong, healthy, tasty and climate-proof vegetable varieties with higher yield per square meter and less need of crop protection products or fertilizer.

Our strength? More than 2000 passionate colleagues worldwide working together on the vegetables of tomorrow. Therefore, we continuously invest in knowledge and skills with our Enza Academy and under the flag of enzActive we organise various sports activities to stay healthy.

Please, send your application to our HR department, via the button below.
Annemarie Weening, Recruiter, +31 6 2970 6834

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated