Research and education assistant plant molecular physiology

Research / Academic

Are you looking for a challenging job at the crossroad of plant physiology and molecular biology? At Horticulture & Product Physiology, we are looking for a dedicated and organized research and education assistant to strengthen our laboratory team.

Molecular and biochemical analyses are becoming increasingly important for our research. With your knowledge you strengthen our group to expand the molecular expertise on cloning, transcript or genome analysis, microscopy, production of transgenic plants, and biochemical analyses of metabolites. You will collaborate with, support, and guide researchers, postdocs, Ph.D. students, and BSc/MSc students in our international team. As a key member of our laboratory team, you will:

  • Execute and assist in molecular biology experiments, including DNA and RNA extraction, (q)PCR, and genotyping
  • Execute and assist in plant tissue culture, transformation (overexpression, RNAi or CRISPR), and maintenance of transgenic plant materials
  • Give input to experimental setups to MSc and PhD students
  • Participate in education activities including assisting in practicals and research projects for students
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records of laboratory experiments and data
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and ensure compliance with safety regulations


You are a pro-active, accurate and organized team player, and you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. Furthermore, we ask:

  • BSc degree from a university of applied sciences specializing in plant sciences, Molecular Plant Physiology, Biotechnology, or a related topic;
  • proven experience and problem-solving skills for methods in molecular biology and plant physiology;
  • experience or interest in one of the following fields is a plus: HPLC, (confocal) microscopy, laboratory data management, or lab management;
  • affinity for organizing day-to-day operations in the laboratory, such as ordering, administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting;
  • good proficiency in English, both oral and written. For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

Salary Benefits:

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.024,- and € 4.317,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 9). Additionally, a contract for 0.7 FTE can be discussed. Initially, we offer you a one-year contract, which will then be extended to an open-ended contract if there is mutual enthusiasm. Of course, we would be happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.

Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.

Work Hours:

36 hours per week