Harro Bouwmeester

Technician Plant transformation/Plant molecular biology

Website University of Amsterdam, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

The Plant Hormone Biology group of the  Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is looking for a technician in plant transformation/plant molecular biology for a period of 4 months.

The mission of the Plant Hormone Biology group is to understand the chemical communication of plants with other organisms in their environment. We study how plants produce and secrete signaling molecules, particularly belowground, and how this affects the behavior of other organisms in the soil. To study the biological importance of these signaling molecules we identify and characterize their biosynthetic genes.

You will contribute to this work by Crispr/Cas9 transformation of tomato to manipulate signaling molecule production. You will generate transgenic plants and help with their characterization at the molecular, chemical and biological level. The research should shed light on the importance of these molecules for the interaction with other organisms.

You will :

  • carry out Crispr/Cas9 transformation of tomato;
  • generate transgenic plants;
  • characterize these plants at the molecular, chemical and biological level.

As a replacement due to maternity leave we are looking for a practical, goal oriented technician, who is accurate and able to multi-task; a molecular biologist with expertise in plant transformation, the use of Crispr and in vitro work; a team player with good command of English.

Our offer
We offer a temporary contract for 32 hours a week, preferably starting on 15 March 2021 for the duration of 4 months. You will be employed via www.uvajobservice.nl.

The salary, depending on relevant work experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,329 to €3,144 (scale 7) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities applies.

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact: Prof. Harro Bouwmeester, Group leader Plant Hormone Biology group; T: +31 (0)6 2038 7674

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the Faculty of Science’s largest institutes. Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centred on four themes: 1) Cell & Systems Biology, 2) Neurosciences, 3) Microbiology and 4) Green Life Sciences.


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