Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 30 Apr 2024

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Faculty of Science / Institute of Biology (IBL) is looking for:

Unflappable Laboratory Technician (0.6 - 1 FTE, depending on tasks)

Vacancy number: 14768

You're not fazed by mixing chemicals, you're meticulous with recipes, and in a laboratory, you find your way easily. When excited academics demand everything from you 'now now now', you calmly provide elegant solutions. 

Yes? Then you're immediately needed at IBL in Leiden!

Job description

  • Independently preparing and autoclaving growth media for bacteria and fungi 
  • Cleaning and sterilizing glassware for various laboratories 
  • Properly disposing of various waste streams in the laboratories 
  • Assisting the lab manager in organizing the laboratories 
  • Ensuring an efficient and safe working environment in the laboratories

Your profile 

  • 5 years of work experience in a similar setting at a minimum of MBO3+ level 
  • High degree of independence 
  • Good command of English, working knowledge of Dutch 
  • Orderly, safe, and precise work according to IBL standards in the media kitchens 
  • Flexible and customer-oriented: you handle last-minute requests well 
  • Solution-oriented 
  • Strong sense of responsibility

Research at our faculty

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2300 {see } staff and almost 5000 {see } students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

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The Institute for Biology

The research within the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) aims to work on the science base of biodiversity and health, which is reflected in our leading principle Harnessing Biodiversity for Health. We perform innovative curiosity-driven research to answer fundamental questions, and solutions-driven research to help solving major societal challenges. The latter include protecting nature’s biodiversity, creating sustainable biotechnology and agriculture and increasing good health. Our research focuses on four Research Themes: Bioactive Molecules, Host-Microbe Interactions, Development & Disease and Evolution & Biodiversity. Located in a thriving scientific environment with our Faculty of Sciences,  Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, the Leiden University Medical Centre and the Leiden Bioscience Park, IBL offers an exciting, internationally oriented and inclusive place to work and study. 

Terms and conditions
We offer a temporary employment contract for a period of 1 year with the possibility of a permanent contract upon satisfactory performance. Appointment will be made in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, based on the UFO profile of education/research assistant. The salary, depending on education and experience, is at least €2,618 and up to €3,636 gross per month for a full-time position (scale 6-7). The extent of the appointment is a minimum of 0.6 FTE with regard to management of the media kitchen. If proven suitable, the addition of certain tasks may lead to a full-time position (1.0 FTE).

In addition, Leiden University offers good employment conditions. These include an end-of-year bonus (8.3%), holiday allowance (8%), excellent training facilities, paid parental leave, sabbatical leave, and the possibility to choose personalized employment conditions through a selection model. You can find all information about this on: .

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Information For more information about the content of this position, please contact Eelco Hoogwout, lab manager ([email protected] ) or Kitty Yang, Institute manager ([email protected] ).

For more information about the procedure, please contact Christina Kamerman ([email protected] )

Information about the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences can be found at . More information about Leiden University can be found at .

Rolling application procedure
Apply directly (and no later than May 1, 2024) by uploading your motivation letter (including the details of 2 references) with the vacancy number and a CV: you will receive an automatic confirmation (check your SPAM!). We continuously process applications and you will hear from us within a week whether we will have an interview with you in Leiden. We may request references. Your personal data will only be accessible to those directly involved in the process, and by applying you agree to Leiden University's privacy code.

This vacancy is not open to Non-EU nationals because of Dutch Labour Laws.

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