To meet the increased demand for products containing beneficial microbes, or for products that require microbes to produce beneficial components, NIZO currently has an opportunity for a

Junior Research Specialist Fermentation

who is passionate about using beneficial microbes for better food and health. This is the perfect job for someone eager to develop his/her skills in the field of microbiology even further.


  • Execution of microbiology laboratory work
  • Execution of fermentation and microbial process development work using bioreactors
  • Documentation of your work in our electronic lab notebook
  • Experimental design, interpreting and reporting of experimental data
  • Work together in multidisciplinary teams with project managers, scientists and research specialists

Profile (at least several of the following items)

  • BSc/MSc degree in the field of fermentation/microbiology
  • Microbiological experience, ideally with growth of strict anaerobic bacterial cultures in a high throughput setting and /or running bioreactors
  • Experience with standard microbial analysis techniques such as OD, pH, FCM, CFU, and microscopy
  • Personal characteristics: independent, team player, ambitious, enthusiastic and flexible
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written in English/Dutch

Our offer

  • Becoming part of the NIZO team gives plenty opportunities for personal growth and to develop further in particular fields of interest
  • An exciting and challenging international R&D and business environment, working with renowned customers as well as start-ups and an interesting variety in projects
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams, generating business by translating science and technology to rewarding solutions
  • A recognized and leading contract research organisation in which we create value by sharing our knowledge and by being open to feedback
  • Attractive compensation package: competitive salary, 25 holidays plus 13 “ADV” (work time reduction) days on annual basis, travel reimbursement and pension plan
  • The position Is temporary (6 months), yet depending on the situation and your performance, there might be opportunities for a follow-up

More information

For more information contact Janneke Ouwerkerk, manager of the Food Safety and Fermentation team, +31 (0)6 2456 1148.

You are invited to send your CV and motivation letter to our application portal.