Junior Researcher Molecular Phytopathology


Enkhuizen, Nederland

Junior Researcher Molecular Phytopathology

What are you going to do?

As Junior Researcher Molecular Phytopathology you will be working on research projects in the field of molecular phytopathology on vegetable crops. Your main tasks will be focused around using and developing molecular methods that enable, strengthen and/or accelerate the research and development of varieties that are resistant to plant pathogens. You will work in the lab, the greenhouse and at your desk.

You will initiate and develop novel molecular methods and tools for phytopathology research. You will use these methods to identify, confirm and study plant resistance traits and mechanisms. You will support disease diagnostics by developing and optimizing new detection tools for plant pathogens.

You will report to the Manager Phytopathology.

Your power

You are passionate about working in the lab. As a Junior Researcher you are able to work independently and accurately. 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, flexible 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. Furthermore you are able to incorporate entrepreneurship in your work.

In short, you:
  • have a Bachelor or Master degree in the field of phytopathology and molecular biology with previous experience in phytopathology;
  • are curious, analytical and persistent;
  • are critical to your work and strive for continuous improvement in your knowledge and skills;
  • 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 organize 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 6 2970 6834

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated