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Research Assistant Plant Sciences (closed)

Who are we?

The Jan IngenHousz Institute is a young institution located on the campus of Wageningen University & Research, dedicated to improving photosynthesis to enhance crop production. Our goal is to contribute to global food security in the face of climate change, biodiversity challenges, and population growth. Our ambition is to unravel the secrets of photosynthesis, not in the laboratory, but in the real world. To achieve this, we develop advanced methods and equipment to bridge the gap between the field, the greenhouse, and the lab. This enables us to continuously measure how photosynthesis responds to changes in environmental conditions. Our team consists of engineers, data scientists, biochemists, biophysicists, geneticists, and plant breeders, working collaboratively at a national and international level.

The Jan IngenHousz Institute is a non-commercial knowledge institute, funded by a philanthropic fund, and utilizes the facilities of Wageningen University & Research with whom we closely collaborate.

What will you do?

As a research assistant, you will be primarily responsible for conducting and preparing research projects using (new) methods, techniques, and/or equipment. You will coordinate experiments in the advanced growth facilities of Unifarm and NPEC ( Additionally, you will perform molecular biological analyses and report the results. Your proactive approach will enable you to work solution-oriented and play a connecting role in setting up experiments. Within the Jan IngenHousz Institute laboratories, you will be the point of contact for management, maintenance, and overall lab operations, including monitoring occupational health and environmental activities.

Who are you?

  • You have completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree in HLO or the field of plant sciences and have knowledge about plant cultivation and molecular biology.

  • You have experience with plant cultivation and a strong interest in learning to work with new sensors and other measurement techniques.

  • As a learning organization, you don't need to know everything, but you are known for quickly acquiring new skills.

  • You are a proactive individual who enjoys working in a solution-oriented manner, motivated to keep learning, and contribute to the institute's ambitions.

  • We are currently a relatively small team, and many procedures and processes still need to be designed. You enjoy helping build the institute, which may involve tasks beyond your direct role.

  • We anticipate that over the next few years, more than thirty PhD candidates and sixty postdocs will contribute to the research program. You can pioneer and grow with our institute.

  • Furthermore, we expect you to be both creative and work in a structured and goal-oriented manner.

  • You have good English language skills as you will work in a team of international individuals, where English is the primary language.

What do we offer?

  • A position of 32 to 38 hours in scale 8 of the NU collective labour agreement (€3.072,- to €4.103,-). Although we are not covered by a collective agreement, we follow the salary scales of the NU agreement.

  • You will receive 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% year-end bonus.

  • We start with a 7-month contract, and if both parties wish to continue collaborating, a permanent contract will follow.

  • You will work in an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment.

  • You will contribute to building an institute with significant societal relevance.


If you have questions about this position, you can contact Tom Theeuwen, Research Fellow, 0031 317 480 771. Please email your response and CV to Alexander Laarman, Operations Manager,, by February 23, 2024.


Campus Wageningen UR

Type of Employment

32 to 38 hours

Starting Date

As soon as possible

Status vacancy


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