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Biological / Chemical Analyst in Marine Microbiology

  • 't Horntje, Texel, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Marine Microbiology & Biogeochemistry (MMB)

Job description

Are you an analyst with an interest in ocean research? Then the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) offers you an interesting job at the department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB) on the beautiful island Texel.


NWO-NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the Dutch national oceanographic institute and principally performs academically excellent multidisciplinary, fundamental, and frontier applied marine research addressing important scientific and societal questions pertinent to the functioning of the ocean and seas. NIOZ includes the National Marine research Facilities (NMF) department that operates a fleet of research vessels and the national pool of large seagoing equipment, and supports excellence in multidisciplinary marine research, education, and policy development.


The Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB) is located on Texel. The MMB Department studies microbial communities in all types of marine environments, from estuaries to the deep ocean, from the deep past to the present. Using field and experimental approaches and a variety of analytical, (bio)chemical and genomic techniques, we study the diversity, evolution, physiology and activity of eukaryotes, bacteria, archaea, and viruses in diverse marine environmental settings. We do so by a variety of analytical chemical, biochemical and modern genomic techniques. The MMB Department is well-equipped with laboratories for microbiology, molecular analyses and state-of-the-art bioinformatics facilities. The MMB technical and scientific staff is international, diverse, and has approximately 80 members, including PhD students, postdocs, and Master students from more than 15 different countries. A group of sixteen staff scientists and fifteen research assistants (junior and senior) form its support core.

As an Analyst you will be first contact and/or responsible for, among others:

  • Maintaining both general and specialized instruments used in microbiological research
  • Developing methodologies for specialized equipment in cooperation with research teams. Affinity with microscopy is a plus
  • Preparing microbiological media and maintaining / cultivating microbial strains
  • Writing and updating methodological protocols
  • Familiarizing users (mainly PhD students, Postdocs, MSc students and interns) with both laboratories and equipment and teaching them the different analytical methods
  • Keeping the laboratories organized and supporting research activities
  • Analyzing samples and data, and reporting the corresponding results in a timely and precise manner

Job requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with:

  • HBO/bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Biology, Biotechnology, or Chemical Laboratory Research
  • Affinity, and preferably experience, with laboratory instruments and methodologies used in the investigation of microorganisms
  • Ability to work with precision, to develop methods, use analytics software and be skilled in data processing and archiving
  • Resourcefulness and self-reliance for solving technical issues
  • Flexibility to adapt to the needs of the lab teams
  • Cooperative and open attitude
  • Keen to work in an international working environment
  • Ability to work efficiently, accurately and in an organized manner, both individually and in a team.
  • Interest for marine sciences
  • Strong communication skills in both English and Dutch (oral and written)

NIOZ wants to be a transparent institute with a healthy working climate and an inclusive culture, where people from diverse backgrounds and gender bring their talents and further develop these talents. We aim for inclusive decision-making processes and expect our leadership to show visible commitment, awareness of bias, and cultural intelligence.

Please note that non-EU citizen can only apply for this position when they have a valid work permit for working in the Netherlands as it is not regarded as a scientific position.


  • Employment of this full-time position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO-I for 40 hours a week for a duration of 1 year with prospects of a permanent position.
  • Salary compliant with CAO-WVOI  (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes) scale 8 or 9 depending on relevant experience.
  • The freedom to fulfill your role and space and opportunities for your personal (talent) development with the help of the NIOZ Academy.
  • 338 annualized holiday hours for a full-time 40-hour work week.
  • Pension scheme via ABP, 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.33%.
  • 2nd class public transportation travel is reimbursed 100%.
  • Employment benefits plan to exchange a portion of your salary for days off or vice versa, or can be used to purchase a bicycle with tax benefits.
  • We offer relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.


For additional information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Pierre Offre. For additional information about the procedure, please send an e-mail to working@nioz.nl
Because of the summer holidays the closing date for this vacancy is August 31st.