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Scientist Plant Cell Biology

Your contribution
The HZPC Cell Biology department contributes to accelerate the breeding of our potato varieties. We do this with existing, new and innovative breeding techniques. Through substantive research, project management, process optimization and coaching of the assistants in the team, you contribute to team structure and growth!  

Specifically, you have the following main tasks:
  • Develop, implement new protocols and optimize existing protocols in plant cell biology like
  • Project management. You are able to steer projects, shape them and clearly communicate to the project team, your supervisor and the breeders
  • Process optimization. You understand processes quickly and know how to implement improvements.
  • Coaching assistants and taking an active, steering role in the team
  • Building/ maintaining contact with universities and research institutes, visiting relevant symposiums and keep updated with relevant literature
Your profile
We are looking for a proactive colleague who likes to play a crucial role in the Cell Biology department. You have:
  • a background in plant cell biology from a relevant education at a minimum MSc level
  • several years of work experience in plant cell biology (cell and protoplast isolation techniques, plant regeneration and propagation)
  • affinity with project management and process optimization
  • affinity with molecular biology and genetics
  • good command (oral and written) English language (Dutch is not obligatory, but is a plus)
What we offer
At HZPC we attach great importance to own initiative and personal development. You start in an informal work environment where you can develop yourself. Furthermore we offer:
  • a full-time employment contract
  • a group of enthusiastic and experienced colleagues from specialized departments  
  • good secondary employment conditions, like a 13th month, a premium-free pension, travel allowance and a collective variable pay
  • a job in an international environment with a healthy and growing organization
The location is Metslawier, Friesland, the Netherlands.

About HZPC
HZPC is worldwide market leader in seed potatoes and a multinational of Dutch origin. Innovation is central in the cultivation of new potato varieties that optimally match local growth conditions and demand from the market. Our team of more than 350 colleagues works from more than 16 countries and we export seed potatoes to more than 90 countries. All our R&D activities are carried out in Metslawier. In this advanced knowledge center, around 100 colleagues from all over the world work daily to develop new varieties, improve current varieties and expand our knowledge in all kinds of specialisms.

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Your reaction
We are looking forward to your reaction! We are looking forward to your reaction! We would like to ask you to respond by 30 June 2018 at the latest.
For information about the position you can contact Doretta Boomsma (Program Leader Cell Biology: +31 6 - 51 87 28 66 or For information about the process you can contact Petra Kool (HR Account manager: +31 643989110 or