Researcher Phytopathology Allium & Open Field Crops


Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

Researcher Phytopathology Allium & Open Field Crops

Do you have passion for plants?

Do you want to contribute to the Enza Zaden vision to grant worldwide access to healthy vegetables? We are looking for a Researcher Phytopathology with excellent analytical and communication skills.

What are you going to do as a Researcher Phytopathology

As Researcher Phytopathology you will be responsible for research projects in the field of phytopathology on Allium and open field crops such as Brassica and Radish. You will initiate, develop and realize novel disease resistance assays and investigate the genetics and mechanisms of various resistance traits. Moreover, you will execute disease tests for classical and alternative disease resistance. On request of sales, production or breeding, you are also able to identify the causal agents of diseases on vegetables. You will work with an assistant researcher and both report to the Senior Researcher Leafy and Open Field.

Your power

You are passionate about working with plants. As a researcher 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 needs of the business. Your attitude is analytic, proactive and practical.

You show initiative and independence to perform activities but always in consultation with your colleagues. Thanks to your excellent interpersonal communication skills, you connect easily with people and you feel at ease working in a multi-disciplinary team and  dynamic organisation.

You have excellent planning skills and your flexible mind set allows you to switch between activities and reprioritise when needed. You also possess a decisive mind and take decision based on relevant arguments. Furthermore you are able to incorporate entrepreneurship in your work.

In short, you:

  • have a MSc degree in plant science with at least 2-3 years working experience or a PhD degree;
  • have knowledge of phytopathology and molecular plant pathology;
  • have good communication skills in the English language.

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, Recruiter, 06 29706834

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated.