Research assistant

Research assistant

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1 Jun 28 Jun Den Hoorn, Texel

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Do you have a strong background in analytical chemistry and are you interested in working as research assistant in ocean research? Then the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) has an interesting job on offer for you. Full-time appointment with prospect of a permanent contract.

Job description

For the department of Ocean Systems (OCS), we are looking for a research assistant who can execute and manage various experimental techniques (a.o. IRMS, LWIA, α/γ spectroscopy, scanning µXRF, continuous flow analysis) to support our research. You will be responsible for the equipment and overall for a clean and well-equipped laboratory. You not only measure challenging samples from a variety of marine environments, but you also maintain the equipment and arrange servicing by specialized engineers. Furthermore, you process and archive (raw) data. Besides measuring samples, you support students and scientists in designing experiments and measurements. To facilitate frontier research, you are motivated to improve existing analytical techniques and to contribute to quality control and innovation, both within OCS and in (inter)national consortia (for instance by participating in intercalibration efforts). Flexibility and enthusiasm to learn new techniques is important. The work mostly takes place in the OCS laboratories, but you may also be deployed for short periods of time to collect and analyze samples during sea-going expeditions.


Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)


For this position, we are looking for a candidate with a keen interest in ocean research, a strong track record in analytical chemistry and the capabilities and flexibility to learn to master several challenging analytical techniques. We want to find an enthusiastic and proactive colleague who is eager to work in a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of technicians and scientists, always with a sharp eye on data quality. You respect and contribute to the safe and inclusive work environment of NIOZ.

The candidate has:

  • a HBO/bachelor's degree in laboratory techniques or equivalent
  • Strong organizing skills with flexibility to work in dynamic projects
  • A proactive and critical attitude to ensure optimal results
  • Experience or interest in ocean sciences
  • Strong communication skills in Dutch and English

We strive to ensure that our staff reflect the diversity of society, including age, gender and cultural background. We therefore very much appreciate candidates who are able to increase the diversity of NIOZ.

Conditions of employment

Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Dutch Research Council). We offer a position for a period of 2 years (fulltime), leading to a permanent contract subject to satisfactory performance.

The salary is compliant to the CAO-OI (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes) with a scale 8 or 9, depending on the candidates education and experience.
You may expect attractive secondary employment conditions. We offer generous relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.

Please note that Non-EU citizens can only apply for this position when they have a valid work permit for working in the Netherlands as it is not regarded as a scientific position.


Department of Ocean Systems (OCS)

The department of Ocean Systems (OCS) studies the role of the ocean in a changing climate, from equator to pole, from the continental shelf to the deep ocean and from the past to the present. The ocean is Earth’s largest reservoir of CO2 and heat; circulation, mixing, biogeochemistry and other processes strongly impact global climate. Seafloor sediments contain information about changing conditions on land and in the ocean, in the form of biological residues or physical and chemical signals. These allow us to reconstruct feedbacks between oceanic processes and climate in the (ancient) past. Today, the ocean is changing rapidly as a consequence of external (human) stressors, which impacts on the strongly linked but poorly understood ocean processes that control marine ecosystem functioning and thereby climate. The OCS department investigates these aspects by means of sea-going expeditions, during which data and samples are collected from the water column and the seafloor. The samples are analyzed in on-board and on-shore laboratories and we have collected a large information and sample repository over past decades, which serves as the basis of our ocean research.


  • Research, development, innovation; Technical and laboratory
  • Engineering; Natural sciences
  • Higher professional education
  • AT NIOZ 2022 OCS research assistant


Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)

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