Scientist (Molecular biology)

In the role of Scientist Molecular biology, you are responsible for designing, planning and conducting experiments, and to deliver results, data analyses or technical guidance based on your experiments. The role requires that you utilise your experience of performing molecular experiments, manage a molecular biology work area, and support the development of new products with insights base on molecular data within the Germains R&D department in Enkhuizen.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and manage the development of new molecular tests based primary on PCR/qRT-PCR, secondary on ELISA or other microplate based assays.
  • Carry out routine molecular biology techniques focussing on DNA/RNA extraction, Gel electrophoresis and qRT-RCR relevant techniques. Occasionally perform Protein related techniques (like SDS PAGE, Western blot analysis and enzyme assays).
  • To support R&D activities and projects through the provision of data originated from different molecular, germination and vigour tests.
  • To perform standardised analysis of PCR, qRT-RCR based and sequencing data, and contribute to the data analysis of other experiments. Furthermore to specialize specifically into generating and analysing (with support) metagenome/microbiome/total DNA and RNA amplicon datasets.
  • To work collaboratively and interdisciplinary in the team, with senior scientist and other specialists (from prime, health, pelleting or QA) and support different experiments for the development of new molecular tests, scientific projects and products.
  • Suggest, outline and discuss the design of experiments with the senior scientist.
  • Plan your own work schedule and seek actively guidance from the senior scientist, when the time schedule is in danger
  • To report test data via accurate spreadsheet records
  • To present and explain analysed data and results in a clear and scientifically correct way, to departmental peers and project stakeholders.
  • To maintain and improve laboratory standards and quality awareness within R&D
  • Contribute to trial sample preparation and dispatch
  • Actively support, guide and contribute to molecular laboratory maintenance including equipment maintenance, consumable ordering and bulk reagent preparation
  • Ensure all work meets the required quality standards through rigorous adherence to company policy, procedures and prescribed standards, making justified recommendations for improvements where required

What will you need?

  • Educated to at least BSc (preferably MSc) degree level and specialised in Molecular Biology/biological science disciplines or equivalent experience
  • Previous experience in molecular biology laboratory and knowledge of (plant) standard molecular biology techniques is desirable and any experience of germination testing would be considered an additional benefit
  • Familiar with applied research

Working for Germains:

At a time when pressure on land, water and resources is greater than at any time in human history, Germains exists to help our customers maximize the productivity and cost-effectiveness of their crops. Founded in 1871, Germains Seed Technology develops innovative industry-leading conventional and organic seed solutions, specializing in Prime, Pellet, Filmcoat and Health. We have built a culture based upon the values of Courageous, Working Together, Customer Focused, Accountable and Passionate, and support and develop our employees to fulfil their potential. If you believe that your expertise and values are aligned with those at Germains then we would love to hear from you.

We offer:

  • A fulltime job within an enthusiastic and highly skilled team
  • Great secundary benefits as holiday pay, commute to work compensation, bonus arrangement, additional holidays, pension, flexible working, and many more.


Location Enkhuizen
Salary Range EUR 3000,- tot 4200,- gross p/m

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