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Research Assistant

Are you a hands-on, results-oriented research assistant with experience in Molecular Microbiology? And are you ready to help with lab management, to …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


Are you a hands-on, results-oriented research assistant with experience in Molecular Microbiology? And are you ready to help with lab management, to participate in different research teams, and to perform experiments in bacterial genetics and biochemistry? We have a vacancy for a Technical Research Assistant. Are we are looking for you?

What are you going to do?
The main focus of the research technician will be to support ongoing research activities in the Laboratory of Microbiology by managing and maintaining research equipment, and developing and performing analytical procedures and analyses. You will also give technical instructions about the methods and equipment in the lab to students.
We work with techniques such as Molecular Genetics, including DNA engineering, RNA Analysis, fermentation, microscopy and Flow Cytometry. Also Protein biochemistry, including protein purification (FPLC) is used in our lab.


It would be great if you have knowledge of all the techniques mentioned above. We ask at least:

  • A BSc or MSc degree in Molecular Microbiology or equivalent;
  • experience with genetic engineering and protein analysis;
  • you are able to independently develop, perform and evaluate experiments;
  • fluency in speaking and writing both Dutch and English;
  • strong social skills and experience in working in international, multidisciplinary teams.
The Bacterial Genetics research group in the Laboratory of Microbiology aims at discovering relevant molecular features of the metabolism of a range of microorganisms. In addition, host-virus interactions are studied, aiming at unravelling the molecular basis of the CRISPR-Cas and Argonaute defense systems in bacteria and archaea. Moreover, general tools are being developed for genome editing, and optimization of protein production is being studied. Recent research lines focus on the molecular characterization of selected intestinal microorganisms, and on synthetic biology of metabolic pathways and (eventually) entire cells.


Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • Sabbatical leave, study leave, and 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 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.
We offer a temporary position for the period of 1 year with the possibility of extension with 3 years (total maximum of 4 years) after successful evaluation.

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 €2367,- and €3196,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU)(scale 7).

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 16th 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. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. 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, and other issues.

Additional information

Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Prof John van der Oost, by telephone (+31 317483108) or e-mail: john.vanderoost@wur.nl.
For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact Mrs. J. van Meurs, HR advisor, telephone number +31 317480101.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including Monday October 11th 2021.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.