Technician Histology & Molecular Biology (0.8 - 1.0 fte)

Uren per week: 
30 tot 40
Faculteit of dienst: 
Faculteit Bètawetenschappen
Department of Biology, Developmental Biology, Reproductive Biology group
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The Reproductive Biology section of the Developmental Biology group is looking for an enthusiastic technician on the AES-financed project “Induced sterility in farmed salmon - a sustainable approach to improve welfare and performance” (project leader Jan Bogerd).

In this project, researchers work together in a consortium, to further enhance salmon aquaculture sustainability and efficiency. We intend to develop approaches to render salmon in aquaculture facilities infertile. This will prevent interbreeding with wild salmon and avoids animal welfare problems otherwise associated with puberty, in particular in males.

In this position you will carry out histological analyses (e.g. paraffin or plastic embedding and sectioning, HE or toluidine blue staining, immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization) on both zebrafish and salmon gonads and use your experience with molecular biological techniques (PCR, cloning, sequencing). You will help researchers, PhD candidates and students to achieve reproducible research results. Occasionally you will also  handle the experimental animals in the zebrafish facility. You will work closely with fellow technicians in our research group and other research groups as well as from the general support and technical departments of Utrecht University.


We are looking for a new colleague who is passionate about working with a group of young researchers. You enjoy working on different sub-projects and you are comfortably communicating about the work with your colleagues. Next to that we would like you to bring: 

  • a B.Sc. diploma in Life Sciences, or a secondary vocational education diploma with relevant work experience;
  • preferably you are in the possession of Article 9, but at least in the possession of Article 13f2 (formerly Article 12) of the Animal Experiments Act;
  • good command of the Dutch and English language in word and writing;
  • a commitment to safety; you can show international PhD candidates and students the importance of safety aspects;
  • accuracy, flexibility, ability to set priorities and orientated on quality;
  • preference is given to a candidate with experience with and/or knowledge of zebrafish; experience with other GMO models can also be of advantage;

Nice to have:

  • experience and knowledge in the field of data acquisition systems.


  • a position for a year with the possibility of an extension for the duration of the project.
  • a full-time gross salary ranging from € 2,471 to € 3,764 in scale 8;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

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Over de organisatie

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Research within the department of Biology is organized in two institutes: the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (IBB) and the Institute of Environmental Biology (IEB). The department of Biology coordinates the teaching of the Bachelor’s programme in Biology, as well as Master’s programmes and PhD courses that are offered through the Graduate School of Life Sciences. You will be part of the Reproductive Biology section within the Developmental Biology division. In the project researchers work together in a consortium. This consortium consists of the Developmental Biology and Cell Biology groups of the Department of Biology at Utrecht University, the Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics group of the Department of Chemistry at Utrecht University, and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen (Norway).

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Aanvullende informatie

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. R.W. (Rüdiger) Schulz  via

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to

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  • your Curriculum vitae;

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Uiterlijk reageren op 10 oktober 2022.