Research Technician for Plant Physiology/Cell Biology

Research Technician for Plant Physiology/Cell Biology

Published Deadline Location
21 Jun 15 Aug Nijmegen

Job description

Would you like to work in a young and dynamic research group and are you interested in developing and applying novel assays and digital tools for plant phenotyping? Then this might be something for you!

In this position, you will contribute to fundamental and applied research to gain in-depth understanding of the processes that influence reproductive development and functioning in vegetable crops under suboptimal environmental conditions. You will be primarily responsible for executing experiments and for processing, analysing and reporting the research results obtained.

In your role, you will have the opportunity to be part of innovative research on the cellular and physiological basis of plant life. You have interest in and affinity with advanced phenotyping techniques and image analysis, including the application of machine learning tools. You also have an eye for peculiarities, work accurately and are critical of your research.

You will work in a lively and stimulating environment with other technicians, internship students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers of the Plant & Animal Biology department of RIBES. The research is conducted in collaboration with leading plant breeding companies, giving you the possibility to broaden your horizon in the private sector as well.


Radboud University


  • You hold a higher professional degree in plant biology or a related relevant field.
  • Experience working with plants would be valuable but is not absolutely required.
  • You have a strong interest in working with cutting-edge phenotyping techniques including microscopy, image analysis and machine learning tools.
  • You are creative and work in a structured, accurate and focused way.
  • You are a team player with good communication skills.
  • You have good English language proficiency.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: We will give you a temporary employment contract of 1 year(s) with the prospect of an extension for 2 years.

  • We will give you a temporary employment contract of 1 year(s) with the prospect of an extension for 2 years.
  • Your salary within salary scale 7 depends on your previous education and number of years of (relevant) work experience. The amounts in the scale are based on a 38-hour working week.
  • You will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Support Service. The Dual Career Programme assists your partner via support, tools, and resources to improve their chances of independently finding employment in the Netherlands. Our Family Support Service helps you and your partner feel welcome and at home by providing customised assistance in navigating local facilities, schools, and amenities. Also take a look at our support for international staff page to discover all our services for international employees.
  • You will receive extra days off. With full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the statutory 20.

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES) aims to perform world-leading research in order to understand the response of the natural environment to human impact. Researchers within RIBES are working on the overarching research mission ’Towards Healthy Ecosystems’, with four focus areas: I. Macronutrients and chemicals of emerging concern, II. Physical conditions: understanding responses and adaptation mechanism to stressors, III. Biodiversity decline and recovery of ecological communities, and IV. Mitigation of greenhouse gasses. Research at RIBES encompasses three major groups of organisms (microorganisms, plants and animals) and spans nearly all levels of biological organisation.

The institute is organised in four departments: Ecology; Plant & Animal Biology; Environmental Science; and Microbiology. The Plant & Animal Biology department is dedicated to advancing the understanding and improvement of plant & animal development, growth and functioning in relation to the environment, by combining quantitative experimental, computational and theoretical approaches.

Additional information

You can apply only via the button below. Address your letter of application to Prof. Ivo Rieu. In the application form, you will find which documents you need to include with your application.

The first interviews will take place on Wednesday 28 and/or Thursday 29 August. You will preferably start your employment as soon as possible.

We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure. It describes what you can expect during the application procedure and how we handle your personal data and internal and external candidates. If you wish to apply for a non-scientific position with a non-EU nationality, please take notice of the following information.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • Higher professional education
  • 62.105.24



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Application procedure

Make sure to apply no later than 15 Aug 2024 1:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).