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Laboratory Assistant

Netherlands, Noord-Holland, TexelOcean systems (OCS)

Job description

Are you a laboratory assistant with interest in Ocean Research? Then the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) might offer you an interesting job on Texel. We offer a full time position with possibility for a permanent appointment.

The department Ocean Systems (OCS) studies the role of the ocean in a changing climate from equator to pole, from the continental shelf to the deep ocean and from the past to the present. The ocean is the largest reservoir of CO2 and heat. Ocean circulation, mixing, biogeochemistry and other processes have (had) a large impact on (past) global climate. Ocean-floor sediments have recorded signatures of various marine organisms and changes in environmental conditions in the ocean and on land. Today, the ocean environment is changing rapidly as a result of external pressures, which will affect the diverse but poorly understood ocean processes that play vital roles in marine ecosystems and for our future climate. The OCS department investigates all these aspects through sea-going expeditions, during which data and material are collected from the ocean and ocean floor. Samples are analyzed in shore-based laboratories and a large data and sample archive collected over the last decades exists, which serves as a foundation for ocean research.


Within the OCS department there is an urgent need for a laboratory assistant managing the existing sample collection (e.g., deep-sea cores, (micro) fossils and water samples) and categorizing newly collected samples (using the NIOZ-DAS: Data Archive System). Furthermore, you will assist PhD candidates and scientists in the OCS department with sample collection, including research cruise preparations and participation, and sample preparation for analyses in the various OCS laboratories. In addition, you will organize sample storage in a new-to-be-built core and sample storage facility. Overseeing daily operations and their use will be done in close cooperation with the other research assistants, lab technicians and scientists. You may also conduct various analytical tasks in (one of) our laboratories.

Job requirements


For this vacancy we are looking for a Laboratory Assistant with an interest in ocean sciences, good technical insight and good organizational skills. The candidate should be able to work with data archive systems and have an interest in analytical techniques. The Laboratory Assistant is responsible for making preparations for laboratory research and/or field work according to existing protocols and procedures.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, and proactive candidate who would like to work in a multidisciplinary team of scientists and technicians.

The candidate should have:

  • Secondary education in laboratory techniques or equivalent
  • Interest and or experience in Marine Sciences
  • Affinity for collection management
  • An open-minded and critical attitude well-organized mindset.
  • Good communication skills in both Dutch and English.

We strive to ensure that our staff reflect the diversity of society, including age, gender and cultural background. We therefore very much appreciate candidates who are able to increase the diversity of NIOZ.


Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Dutch Research Council). We offer a position for a period of 1 year (fulltime), leading to a permanent contract subject to satisfactory performance. The salary is compliant to the CAO-OI (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes) with a scale 6 or 7, depending on the candidates education and experience. This is supplemented by 8% vacation allowance and 8.33% year-end bonus. For all other good secondary conditions, read the CAO-OI (including 42 vacation days based on full-time and a good pension plan).

Please note that Non-EU citizens 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

For additional information about this vacancy, please contact Gert-Jan Reichart (Head of OCS department). For additional information about the procedure, please contact HR (

Please visit NIOZ and the department of Ocean Systems (OCS)

Closing date: February 10th 2023