Enkhuizen, Nederland (Fulltime)

Senior Researcher Phytopathology

Man holding red sweet conical pepper


Love to work with plants

Netherlands, Enkhuizen – full time at MSc or PhD level

You’re good at monitoring several projects at the same time and able to keep the overview. These qualities and your experience in the field of research is your input as a Senior Researcher Phytopathology. That’s your contribution in granting worldwide access to healthy, varied vegetables.

What are you going to do?

 As Senior Researcher Phytopathology, you independently establish and maintain research programs with regard to Solanaceous crops. You will use technologies and theoretical input from multiple disciplines and combine them into new and practical working methods.

Working smarter and more efficient while maintaining, or improving, quality is the main challenge that you and your team will face. Your role is to manage the department efficiently in order to achieve the team goals. Resulting in implementation of (new) research methods and techniques. Of course, you keep up-to-date with developments in the field of Phytopathology.


The activities in our Phytopathology department serve the development of plant resistance traits, diagnosis of plant diseases, study of plant-pathogen interactions and collaboration with (international) partners. We work together with many different people, within and outside of Enza Zaden.

We have strong links to breeding, seed health research, and biochemistry and molecular biology. We also have many partnerships with academic partners.

Your power

• Academic qualification preferably with a specialisation in the field of research.
• minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience
• Demonstrable experience as a chairperson / member of project teams
• Fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish is an advantage
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills

Furthermore, you are innovative, analytical, and result-oriented. Thanks to your clear communication, you are able to work at various levels and to establish/maintain business relations. You maintain an extensive network of internal and external contacts, amongst others with people at universities and research centres.

Our power

We are an independent vegetable seed company, breeding, producing and marketing our varieties all over the world. There is a good chance that you’ll find our tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, lettuce or other vegetables on your plate, no matter where you are. We are a company with a supportive, energetic culture.

As an employee of Enza Zaden, you’ll have more than 1800 colleagues of 40 nationalities worldwide. Strong team players with an entrepreneurial spirit who easily take responsibilities is exactly what we like to see in our employees here at Enza Zaden. Are you going to join us? We offer you a positive working environment and many opportunities for personal development. In addition, a competitive salary and excellent benefits.


 Please send your application to HR department, via the button below. For more information please contact Annemarie Weening, Recruiter, phone 0228-784627.