Research technicians

Research technicians

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3 Feb 27 Feb Wageningen

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Job description

We are looking for two enthusiastic, motivated and broadly-skilled research technicians to join our team at the Laboratory of Genetics. You will work in the current team of six research technicians that supports our ongoing research in evolutionary biology and genetics. As such, you will work on different systems, including insects, plants, fungi, and bacteria. You may be asked to support our teaching activities in various BSc and MSc courses.


Wageningen University & Research


You have an University of Applied Sciences (HBO) BSc degree in Biology or Medical Laboratory Research (HLO) and preferably some years of work experience.

You have experience and interest in the following research fields and activities:
  • Evolutionary biology and genetics;
  • Molecular genetics/biology (DNA extraction, PCR, DNA/RNA sequencing, transformation, DNA-cloning, et cetera);
  • (Environmental) sampling, culturing, and rearing of among others, bacteria, fungi, insects, and plants.
You feel comfortable in an international team consisting of research staff, PhD students, technicians, and BSc and MSc students. You take responsibility for your tasks and help out others when needed. You have good organizational skills and are able to oversee multiple research projects. You can communicate well with researchers and project staff in English. This position requires a good English language proficiency (a mininum of CEFR B2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

Important competencies for this position are:
  • Competent learner;
  • Team player;
  • Accurate with a good eye for detail;
  • Planner and organiser.

Conditions of employment

Two positions, each comprising a challenging and exciting job for about 32 hours per week (0.8 fte) in an (inter) national leading organization in the field of research and education. Each position is initially for a period of one year, with prospects of extension to four years. Moreover, pending good evaluations, one or both positions have the potential to result in a permanent contract.

The organization has good and flexible employment conditions, including good education and training facilities, good work/life balance, development opportunities, and flexible working hours.
The salary is derived from scale 7 or 8, depending on background an experience, (min. € 2261 max. € 3445,= gross per month) in accordance with CAO NU. The ultimate starting salary scale will depend on knowledge, education, competences, and experience.

In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.
We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6,000 employees, and 12,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at thespecial career site.

Wageningen Plant Sciences Group, Laboratory of Genetics:
The Laboratory of Genetics investigates causes and consequences of natural genetic variation within species. Because genetic variation plays an essential role in ecological and evolutionary processes, we ask ecologically and evolutionary motivated research questions. We use a wide array of model organisms, ranging from bacteria, fungi, plants and insects (

Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Agriculture
  • max. 30 hours per week
  • Higher professional education
  • 592765


Wageningen University & Research

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