(Senior) scientist Biotechnology, Regeneration & Genome Editing

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8 februari 2020
Locatie Wageningen
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We are looking for

We are looking for a scientist who is willing to share his/her energy, creativity and expert knowledge to strengthen our group. You will be able to contribute to projects involving cell biological, tissue culture and molecular aspects. You will have something to offer in areas such as embryo rescue, haploid induction, inter- and intra-specific hybridization, polyploidization, CMS, gene transfer, genome editing, protoplasts, regeneration and/or embryogenesis. You will participate in ongoing projects and develop new research directions and tools. You are creative and develop new ideas to be tested in those fields. You are able to design, initiate and manage projects. You find pleasure in supporting, supervising and facilitating the people, assistants and scientists, in the research group in their work. Your hands-on lab experience allows you to provide technical advice. You easily make new contacts, e.g. with representatives of breeding companies, whose language you will understand. You have empathy for the needs and desires of the breeding sector and will develop a vision on how to incorporate this in the mission of the research group and Plant Breeding as a whole.

We ask

  • PhD in Biology, Plant Sciences or another relevant field;
  • a minimum of 3 year research experience after PhD;
  • an enthusiastic, ambitious, communicative colleague with the following key competences: team player, creative, problem-solving, quality-oriented and stress-tolerant;
  • experience with supervision of students and technical assistants;
  • experience in written and oral reporting (in English);
  • good publication track record;
  • experience in acquiring grants and funding is an asset

We offer

We offer you, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3255,- to a maximum of € 5748,- Scale 12 for a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Wageningen Research. The duration of the contract is initially for two years, with possibilities for extension and potentially a permanent contract.
In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of-year bonus of 3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • the possibility to work flexible to balance work and life;
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • for a small fee you can make use of the sports facilities on campus.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.
We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

For more information about this function, please contact Frans Krens, research group leader, telephone; +31317480962 or by e-mail; or Richard Visser, professor and head of Plant Breeding telephone; +31317482857 or by e-mail; or René Smulders, business unit manager, telephone; +31317480840 or by e-mail;

For more information about the procedure, please contact

This vacancy is open up to and including February 27, 2020.
You can only apply online through:

The first job interviews will take place as soon as possible after the vacancy period has closed.

We are

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, 6,000 employees, and 12,000 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.

Plant Breeding, Wageningen University & Research ( is a merged unit of Wageningen Research and Wageningen University with around 200 people including MSc and PhD students and guest workers. It is a highly international group with more than 50 nationalities organised in ten research groups. We conduct fundamental, strategic and applied research and provide teaching at all educational (BSc, MSc and PhD) levels. Our research focusses on the dissemination of the genetic basis of traits which are relevant in order to achieve a sustainable agri- and horticulture. We conduct this research often together or in partnership with breeding companies, local, regional and state governments.
Our objective is to raise the productivity of agriculture in a sustainable and socially acceptable manner and increase the resilience of systems to deliver food security, feed, fuel, fibre and ornamental services under current and future climate and resource availability. As guiding principles we work synergistically in teams, like to express and base our opinions on sound science and operate self-conscientiously in our networks to have impact and attract and serve our clients’ needs. We strongly believe in diversity and inclusiveness to strengthen our teams, their modus operandi and their impact. We advise the public and the private sector and provide training in areas of our expertise.

The Ornamentals, Tissue Culture & Gene Technology group focuses on developing and implementing the latest plant breeding techniques in fundamental and strategic research projects. Emphasis is primarily -but not exclusively- on ornamental and vegetable crops. Aspects of interspecific hybridisation, stress imposed by tissue culture conditions, control over recombination, and genome editing by CRISPR/Cas9 are some of the main research targets. The group is also involved in preparing science-based position papers for the government on the New Plant Breeding Techniques including targeted mutagenesis by CRISPR-technology.

Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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