Technician Biochemical Research Lab (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

The Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES), the largest institute of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), fills a special niche in the life sciences by covering and integrating mechanistic, evolutionary and ecological approaches to study adaptation at all levels of biological organization. Researchers pursue fundamental questions while collaborating with partners from nature conservation, industry, medicine and other realms of society. Our research fields include ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary biology, behavioural biology, chronobiology, genetics and genomics, neurobiology, physiology and theoretical modelling, using a wide array of research tools. Study systems range from molecular and organismal levels to populations and ecosystems, under laboratory, semi-natural and field conditions.

The Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) at the University of Groningen has a vacancy for a Biochemical Research Technician.

The research technician will work for various GELIFES-expertise groups, but predominantly for members of: 1) the Conservation Ecology Group (CONSECO), that studies natural populations and communities of various organisms in a wide range of ecosystems, and 2) the Genomics Research in Ecology & Evolution in Nature Group (GREEN), that uses genetic/genomic methods to address ecological, evolutionary and conservation questions.

Job description

The position involves support for research projects and management of our central chemical laboratory. As a trained technician in biological research, you are responsible for the setup, optimization, performance and evaluation of methods and techniques in the lab. Lab management tasks include laboratory maintenance, ordering of lab supplies and safety/waste management. You will also be involved in teaching, training and support of researchers and students.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and independent co-worker who enjoys laboratory work, equipment maintenance, lab management, training and support of students and researchers, as well as implementation and optimization of (new) biochemical lab techniques.

• a HBO degree in biology or relevant related field (e.g. BML research)
• at least one year working experience in a biology laboratory
• demonstrated ability to execute working tasks efficiently and with rigour
• demonstrated ability to independently acquire and implement novel bio(chemical) protocols and perform troubleshooting
• proficiency in standard productivity software, such as Microsoft Office, as well as database entry and management
• experience with student training and supervision in the lab
• good communication skills and a strong command of both written and spoken English.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary depending on qualifications and work experience minimally € 2,367 gross per month up to a maximum of € 3,196 (salary scale 7) gross per month for a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a temporary employment contract of 1.0 FTE for one year due to illness replacement.

Job Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

- letter of application
- curriculum vitae.

You may apply for this position until 22 May 11:59pm / before 23 May 2022 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:[…]/
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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. C. Smit
+31 6 20729773

Prof. H. Olff

In your application, please always include the job opening ID T031222

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