Enkhuizen, Nederland (Fulltime)

Intern Post-harvest research

Man holding red sweet conical pepper

Bart Kay 



Researching post-harvest traits

What are you going to do as an Intern Post-harvest research?

As intern Post-harvest research you will work together with a post-harvest researcher (PhD) of the Biotechnology Research department. You will get your own project to work for example on a post-harvest trait related to taste, shelf life, fresh-cut quality or nutrition in a certain crop. Projects can contain sensory studies, biochemical analysis, shelf-life tests, texture studies etc. The goal of any of our projects in the longer run will be to facilitate the breeding process by finding selections tools that will enable the breeders to create the best vegetable varieties.

Your power

You are familiar with plant physiology and/or post-harvest and are open to new ideas and techniques. You have the drive to dig into your project and the ability to continue until you have found the answers you are looking for. In this internship, you will explore data sets, so you like statistics and working with R. 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 have/are:

  • BSc or MSc level (post-harvest, plant sciences, food technology or similar), final year;
  • interested in post-harvest research;
  • affinity with statistics;
  • motivated to get the right answer;
  • independent worker;
  • fluent in English (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.

Our goal is to grant people access to healthy vegetables. Anywhere in the world. Every day, more than 460 million people worldwide eat our vegetables. So, we are getting there ... but there is still enough work to be done! Of course, we look further than present needs. In 2050, when there will be about 10 billion inhabitants on our planet, we also want to make sure that people have access to healthy vegetables.

To achieve this, our vegetable breeders work with the best that nature offers. Supported by state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. And that is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes at least 6 years. We focus on higher yield, resistance to diseases and pests and climate extremes such as heat and drought and on taste, shelf life and nutrients, in order to serve the entire chain, from grower till consumer. The result? Strong, healthy tasty and climate-proof vegetable varieties with higher yield per square meter and less need of crop protection products or fertilizer. In short, sustainability is truly in our DNA.

Our head office in Enkhuizen is our home base, but we have colleagues all over the world. Enza Zaden is an independent family business, where around 2000 employees from more than 40 nationalities closely work together in international teams.


Please, send your application to our HR department. More information:

  • Annemarie Weening, Corporate Recruiter, +31 6 2970 6834