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Industrial / Technical Food Microbiologist

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NIZO (www.nizo.com) is an independent contract research organization in the heart of Food Valley. The growing world population needs better food: healthier, tastier, more affordable and more sustainable. We know that better nutrition is essential for better health. Our passion is to accelerate innovations together with our customers, by applying our combined expertise in bacteria, proteins and processing. Together we deliver sustainable solutions for better food and health. We create value by sharing our knowledge and by being open to feedback.

Role description

Microbiology is one of the core expertise areas of NIZO and is highly valued by our industrial partners.

For the expansion of our microbiology team, we are searching for an experienced and enthusiastic

Industrial / Technical Food Microbiologist

32-40 h/week

to apply knowledge and offer hands-on experience in working with micro-organisms that play a role in production of food with a focus on safety and spoilage.

Other specific areas of expertise are shelf life, troubleshooting and identifications. Among the techniques used are classical microbiology (detection, isolation, quantification, identification and characterization of pathogenic micro-organisms, trace-forming micro-organisms, heat-resistant spore-forming micro-organisms, strict anaerobic micro-organisms, yeasts and fungi; bacteriophages and viruses), process technology (fermentations, pasteurisations / sterilisations e.g. batch heating, Micro-Heater, Flip and Combitherm and process audits / microbial troubleshooting) and molecular biology (DNA isolation, general PCR, specific PCR, 16S Sequence analysis, population dynamics, DNA fingerprint analyses, BioNumerics software for DNA analysis and data management).



  • translate research questions into laboratory approaches;
  • recording, interpreting and reporting of experimental data;
  • developing new experimental laboratory methods and techniques;
  • working together in multidisciplinary teams with project managers, scientists and research specialists.

Your profile:

  • a practical and pro-active professional with a BSc degree in microbiology;
  • demonstrable relevant laboratory experience;
  • at least 5 years of experience in the industrial field;
  • organized, accurate and pragmatic;
  • excellent communication skills (also in English);
  • a self-starter, pro-active, result-driven, creative and customer directed;
  • a flexible team player.

Our offer:

  • a dynamic, inspiring and creative environment with state-of-the-art facilities, where you can develop your personal skills;
  • experience working on challenging research questions for a wide range of food and ingredient companies;
  • become part of a well-established and internationally recognized organization; an inspiring team of professionals to co-operate with;
  • an attractive compensation package: competitive salary, 25 holidays plus 13 “ADV”-days, travel reimbursement and free pension plan.
  • the possibility to develop further in particular fields of interest.

More information
For more information contact Melle van Schaik, +31 (0)318 659618.

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If you are interested in a career with NIZO food research, please send your motivational letter and curriculum vitae by using our application form

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Keywords: Microbiology, Micro-organisms, Molecular Biology, Analysis, Laboratory, Biology Science Degree 

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Nizo Food Research B.V.

Listed by: Nizo Food Research B.V.
Listed on: 13-04-2018
Country: The Netherlands
Region: Gelderland
Employment: Permanent
Expertise: 6 - 10 years
Location Type: On location
Education: Bachelor
Language: English
Sector: Biotechnology
Specialisation: Laboratory

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