Internship Bioinformatics


Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

Internship Bioinformatics


Do you have interest in plant biology and bioinformatics?

We are looking for a student for an internship who will work on a research project to speed up the breeding process.

Enkhuizen, the Netherlands, 5 months internship starting in February 2020.

What are you going to do as an Intern Bioinformatics?

You work together with a bioinformatician from the Biotechnology Research department. You have your own project to work with, for example, data analysis with focus on Next Generation Sequencing data. This includes development of analysis pipelines, querying of external/internal databases, data visualisation as well as optimising available in-house algorithms and workflows. The goal of any of our projects in the longer run will be to facilitate the breeding process by finding leads that will enable the breeders to create the best vegetable varieties.

Your power

You are familiar with molecular and bioinformatic principles and are open to new ideas and technics. You are an independent worker and have the drive to dig into your project and the ability to continue until you have found the answers you are looking for. You keep looking for new possibilities and you share your ideas with your supervisor. Furthermore, you have good communication skills and are a strong team player.

In short, you

  • are a student enrolled in MSc education (bioinformatics);
  • have experience with UNIX environments;
  • have knowledge of at least one programming language (preferably Python and/or R);
  • have knowledge of distributed source code version control systems (i.e. Git);
  • are interested in working with NGS data;
  • are interested in plant biology;
  • are fluent in the English language (Dutch language skills are a plus).

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.

More information:

  • Annemarie Weening, Corporate Recruiter, +31 228 784 627

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated