Research and education assistant

Published on
November 9, 2018
Location Wageningen
Scientific field Agriculture
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We are looking for

You are enthusiastic and motivated with proven work experience in analytical knowledge, practical skills, and teaching. You are well able to cooperate, flexible, proactive, solution-oriented and with open communication skills, willing to work at Biosystematics group. Within this group, you will collaborate with researchers within the recently started groups of Dr. Sabrina Simon and Dr. Nina Fatouros; you will work on innovative research projects in the field of insect evolution and evolution of species interactions.

Your work will be diverse: you will support the experimental work of PhD students and postdocs, including large-scale phenotyping experiments in the greenhouse, bioassays, chemical analysis (mass spectrometry), transcriptome analysis (RNA-seq), targeted gene expression methods (RT-qPCR), and insect staining. You will be responsible for insect and plant rearing. You will deal with other researchers and partners from industry that are connected to the projects.

Apart from your role as a research assistant you will contribute to the preparation and teaching of the first-years BSc course of Biology / Forest and Nature Conservation students ‘Biodiversity of the Netherlands’ for which you have a background and affinity to arthropod systematics, biology and evolution. We ask you to prepare and supervise practical’s and excursions, lecture and supervise student groups, supervise and mark students’ individual papers and group work. Furthermore, there will be the opportunity to co-supervise MSc and BSc theses and internships.

We ask

  • A relevant MSc degree.
  • All-round practical knowledge and experience to perform and supervise projects connected to insect biology and evolution.
  • Skills and experience in molecular biology, incl. transcriptome analysis (RNA-seq), targeted gene expression and staining methods.
  • Preferably experience with chemical analysis and chromatography equipment (LC and GC).
  • Basic bioinformatic skills, such as primer design.
  • Knowledge of insect systematics and taxonomy.
  • Experience in education at BSc and MSc level.
  • Affinity for supporting and teaching practical courses at BSc and MSc level.
  • A professional and dynamic team player with a flexible and proactive attitude, who can work independently, is enthusiastic and can take responsibility.
  • Accurateness in both oral and written communication in English and preferably in Dutch.

We offer

The work will be carried out at the Biosystematics Group of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), a very stimulating working environment in a highly dynamic group. We offer a 0.6 – 0.8 fte position for 1 year, with the possibility of a permanent contract after successful evaluation. Gross salary € 2709-. to € 3722,-. maximum per month (scale 9 CAO NU), based on a full-time employment and depending on expertise and experience.

More information

Information on the research and education: Dr. Nina E. Fatouros, +31(0)317 483160, and Dr. Sabrina Simon (

We request to emphasize your motivation for this job in a cover letter and experience with relevant research methods and teaching in your Curriculum Vitae.

You can only apply online up to and including December 16, 2018.

We are

The Biosystematics Group is focused on the origin and maintenance of plant and insect biodiversity, above and below species level. We investigate speciation, domestication and plant-animal interactions, and use phylogenetic patterns to test hypotheses on the underlying processes. Our education inspires students to develop their talents. We impact society by innovation through top science and focus on applicability. The current staff involves 1 full professor, 1 special professor, 1 associate professor, 2 assistant professors, 1 lecturer, 1 research and teaching assistant and 2 technicians. In addition, we have 5 Postdocs, 9 PhD students and 6 students started a thesis at our group. Projects that we work on are related to insect and plant evolution with a link to applied scientific 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, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 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 the special career site.