Senior Researcher (Cell Technology)


Enkhuizen, The Netherlands - Master (Fulltime)

Senior Researcher (Cell Technology)

Passionate about new breeding and cell technologies, with inspirational skills to lead a highly motivated research team.

What are you going to do?

As a senior Researcher, you will lead a research team developing and applying new methodologies such as genome editing to generate new genetic variation in a wide range of vegetable crops.
You will work closely with other Biotechnology teams and breeding teams to contribute to the validation of strategic traits in various crops.

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, micropropagation, plant transformation, chemical and genetic 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 plant biology, new breeding technologies and people management. In your work as a senior researcher you scout, test and implement new cell technologies, within the genetic mutagenesis/genome editing space, together with your team. You are an excellent communicator, a natural connector and have a coaching leadership style. You are keen in developing a vision for and with your research team and to translate it into practice with sharp planning, focus and creativity. Your flexible mind set allows you to switch between activities and reprioritise when needed. You are pro-active, creative and energetic and feel at ease leading a team in a fast pace, dynamic organisation.  

In short, you:
  • have a PhD degree in green life sciences with at least 5 years of relevant experience in plant biology or a MSc in green life sciences with at least 8-10 years of relevant experience in plant biology ;
  • are experienced with people management, coaching and team development;
  • are experienced on Genome Editing technologies and their applications in studying biological processes; 
  • are experienced with project management;
  • are experienced with line management;
  • have affinity with plant cell- and tissue culture and molecular biology;
  • are knowledgeable about plant biology. 

Our power

Enza Zaden is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties. And produces and sells its seeds all over the world. We have made an animation to explain to you properly (and as briefly as possible) what we do. 

The purpose of our work? To offer everyone worldwide access to healthy and varied vegetables. With more than 2000 passionate colleagues all over the world, we work together every day on the vegetables of tomorrow. 

Would you like to know more about Enza Zaden as an employer? Then take a look at the Careers & Learning page or view our page on LinkedIn


Please, send your application to our Recruitment department, via the Apply now! buttons. 

More information:
Annemarie Weening, Corporate Recruiter, +31 62970 6834

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated