Senior Scientist Molecular Microbiology | Zeist



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Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

  • Development of (research) proposals in consultation with business developers, customers and colleagues;
  • Supervise research technicians and bio informaticians during experiments and data analysis;
  • Maintain contact with clients in collaboration with project managers and business developers;
  • Reporting of project results;
  • Write scientific papers on the outcomes of research studies;
  • Valorize research results;
  • Translate vision on microbiome and health to market relevant project ideas;
  • Building and maintaining international network in a specific area of interest;
  • Building and maintaining network in TNO organization.

What do we require of you?

Education: PhD in molecular microbiology with an affinity for metabolomics and health at academic level.

Personal qualities:
  • communicative;
  • innovative;
  • entrepreneurial;
  • team player;
  • flexible;
  • result-oriented;
  • customer-oriented;
  • creative;
  • innovative;
  • entrepreneurial;
  • team player;
  • flexible
  • independent.

What can you expect of your work situation?

We use systems biology to understand relationships in complex biological processes. We are particularly successful in developing indicators of biological and pathogenic processes (metabolic health, inflammation). In collaboration with other TNO groups we have access to a broad collection of state of the art analytical platforms which we apply to an extensive collection of in vitro and in vivo models for health and disease. We use this to solve complex problems for industrial partners. For example, we determine whether food ingredients have healthy effects on gut and mouth microbiota or have health-promoting activity in humans or mouse models for cardiovascular diseases. The department is strong in the translation of basic scientific insights into innovative, tailor-made applications. TNO is a partner in various public private partnerships (PPPs) and innovation networks in the Netherlands, the European Union, Asia and the USA. 

We offer an innovation driven work environment, based on team play and collaboration, but with the potential to create your own innovation niche within the area of the human microbiome in relation to health an disease.

What can TNO offer you?

Work enjoyment means something different for each employee. This is why we offer a-la-carte terms and conditions of employment that you can switch around on a monthly basis. Flexible working hours (like 4 days x 9 hours) and different leave schemes mean that you can create a package attuned to your specific wishes.
TNO attaches great value to both your personal and your professional development. Many opportunities exist for you to develop: conferences, courses, workshops, coaching, intervision, mentoring and job rotation. At TNO you can orchestrate your own career.

Application process

You can apply till the 19th of November. The process comprises at least two (selection) rounds. First two interview rounds and then a presentation. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews and assessment within 4 weeks.

Has this vacancy aroused your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Sandra Lemmens
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-23967752

Hiring manager: Roy Montijn
Phone number: 08886 61561

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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