Are you a hands-on, results-oriented research technician with experience in
microbiology? Are you ready to participate in team work and contribute for
research on the physiology of micro-organisms involved in sulfur cycle
conversions? We, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), have a vacancy for
a Research Technician in anaerobic microbiology! Will you join our team?
What will you do?
As a Research Technician in our team, you will provide technical support to
the researchers in our microbiology laboratory. Among others you will be
The set-up of bioreactor systems;
cultivation of anaerobic microorganisms;
analysis of samples (GC, HPLC, IC, microscopy, spectrophotometry)
DNA/RNA isolation, PCR, qPCR;
Also, you will be involved in the ordering process to maintain the stocks and
resources of the project, providing training to new students, sharing common
duties of sterilization, coordination of the physical space of the laboratory
and assisting the practical courses together with PhD students and Postdocs.
Sulfur is one of the major elements on Earth and exhibits a complex chemistry
due to its multiple oxidation states. While some of the sulfur
biotransformations, such as sulfate reduction and sulfide oxidation, have been
extensively studied, sulfur disproportionation has received less attention. As
a result, there are major knowledge gaps in the understanding of the metabolic
routes involved in sulfur disproportionation. We aim to describe those routes
for different clusters of sulfur-disproportionating microbial species. To
achieve this, we will perform anaerobic cultivation under different conditions
in combination with multiomics, and isotopic fractionation studies. Finally,
we will explore the biotechnological potential of sulfur disproportionation by
operating bioreactors. We are, then, looking forward to having a research
technician eager contribute to this research and to help elucidating the
burning questions we have. This position is part of the NWO KLEIN 1 project
"Elemental Sulfur Disproportionation: pathways and application" where the
technician will work in close contact with a postdoc in the project.
We are looking for an experienced technician, with at least a BSc degree.
Very good level of English (spoken and written);
basic knowledge in molecular techniques (DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR,
chromatography techniques (HPLC, GC, IC).
We appreciate familiarity with:
Microscopy (light, phase-contrast and fluorescence microscopy);
cultivation of anaerobic microorganisms;
chemical analysis to measure different sulfur species;
set-up and operation of (anoxic) bioreactors.
We expect that you are able to work together in a dynamic and diverse group of
people and that you are flexible and able to easily adapt.
Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their experience with concrete
examples from their work in and outside academia.
Conditions of employment
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.
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).
We offer a temporary position of 0.8 fte (average working time of 30.4 hours
per week) for the period of 12 months. An extension of 6 months is possible,
if proven suitability.
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.
Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University & Research The mission of Wageningen University and
Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of
life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen
University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research
Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to
important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.
With its roughly 30 branches, 6.500 employees and 12.500 students, Wageningen
University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An
integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various
disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been
named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.
These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR:
read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR.
We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies
please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.
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
This vacancy will be listed up to and including October 28th 2021.
DO YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION?
For more information about this function (not for applying), please contact
Irene Sanchez Andrea, Assistant Professor, by e-mail:
For more information about the procedure, please contact Joes van Meurs, HR
advisor, by email: Joes.email@example.com.
General information about The Laboratory of Microbiology can be found on:
https: // www. wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Chair-groups/Agrotechnology-and-Food-
Equal opportunities employer
WUR employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and
qualities, who encourage 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.