Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

Junior Researcher Cell Biology Micro Propagation Team


Scientific support

With modern plant cell techniques, Enza Zaden is able to speed up the vegetable breeding process by several years. This is necessary to keep up with the latest market demands such as disease resistant varieties. Our expanding cell technologies team is looking for a young, enthusiastic Junior Researcher with research spirit and a heart for practical lab work. That’s your contribution in granting worldwide access to healthy, varied vegetables.

Cell Biology Department

In the cell biology department we carry out DH research, explore genetic variation and offer services to breeders to provide them with the right plant material needed for breeding programmes. We do so by using modern techniques such as double haploid induction, plant mutagenesis, embryo rescue and in vitro micro propagation.

What are you going to do?

You will assist in the micro propagation activities of the Cell Biology Department. These activities include the development of novel in vitro propagation systems and research on plant cell culture initiation and maintenance. Furthermore, you give scientific support to the researcher Cell Biology. Additionally you will contribute to various cell technologies projects, where you will perform tissue culture experiments autonomously. You will work in close collaboration with the Cell Biology Researchers and you will report to one of them.

Your power

As Junior Researcher you are passionate about plants and highly interested in advanced and innovative plant cell techniques. You are driven and eager to work attentively with fragile plant cells and tissues. You are able to deal with complex research challenges and are aware of research confidentiality.

Furthermore, you are a practical, dedicated and open-minded person that likes to work in a dynamic team but feels comfortable to work independently. You function well in an international team and you align your work with your colleagues.

Requirements Junior Researcher Cell Biology

  • MSc in plant biotechnology, horticulture, agriculture or comparable
  • Experienced with different tissue culture and microscopy techniques
  • Experienced to work with plant cell cultures
  • Preferably experienced with somatic embryogenesis and plant propagation systems
  • Preferably 2 years of relevant experience in a cell biology or tissue culture background
  • Fluent in English, both verbal and written. Dutch is of added value

Our power

Enza Zaden an independent vegetable seed company, breeding, producing and marketing our varieties all over the world. There's a good chance that you'll find our tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, lettuce or other vegetables on your plate, no matter where you are. We are a company with a supportive, energetic culture.

As an employee of Enza Zaden, you’ll have more than 2000 colleagues worldwide, 45 branches and three joint ventures in 24 countries. Strong team players with an entrepreneurial spirit who easily take responsibilities is exactly what we like to see in our employees here at Enza Zaden.

Are you going to join us as Junior Researcher Cell Biology?

We offer you a positive working environment and ample opportunities for personal development.

Besides being an international vegetable-breeding company, Enza Zaden is also an independent family owned business. For three generations, an entrepreneurial spirit, long-term vision and focus on innovation have characterised the company’s distinctive features and healthy growth.


Please point your application to the HR department, via the button below. Please apply before Friday 23rd March by sending your cv and motivation letter to

For more information please contact Ingrid Bosch, Recruiter, phone +31 228 784 627 or +31 (0)6 233 90 523.