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Associate Scientist - Molecular Bacteriology

Associate Scientist - Molecular Bacteriology

LocationLeiden, Netherlands
Business SectorBiotechnology
Contact emailk.mabena@panda-int.com
Job ref21504
Published2 months ago

For our client - a renowned biotech company in Leiden, The Netherlands - we are looking for an Associate Scientist - Molecular Bacteriology.

You will form part of the department of Bacterial Vaccines Discovery and Early Development that focuses on research and early development of vaccines against infectious bacterial diseases.

Their key R&D activities lie in the fields of bioinformatics, molecular engineering, genetic modification, functional genomics, molecular microbiology and biochemistry. You will use your expertise to execute experiments with an appreciable level of autonomy.

Job Position Requirements

  • Basic microbiology practice: bacterial cultivation and strain identification, including BSL-II pathogens
  • Basic molecular biology techniques: isolation of DNA, RNA and protein material, and associated (analytical) methods such as PCR, SDS-PAGE and Western blot
  • Genetic manipulation of bacteria
  • Small-scale recombinant protein expression and purification methods
  • GMO registration and maintenance of GMO licenses

Areas of full responsibility

  • Planning and practical realization of the research (experiments and tests) under the supervision of scientist(s) according to established and written procedures
  • Arranging necessaries for experiments
  • Setting up new assays
  • Performing literature studies
  • Documentation of experiments and results in (electronic) lab notebooks and report
  • Evaluation of results together with the supervisor (scientist / senior scientist)’
  • Writing work instructions and SOP’s
  • Potential future (deputy) lab head role
  • GMO registration and maintenance of GMO licenses

Key Performance Indicators

  • Productivity; quantity and quality of the practical work
  • Meticulous execution of experiments
  • Accuracy and reliability
  • Thoroughness
  • Reproducibility
  • Planning
  • Documentation and reporting
  • Quality of produced materials
  • Effective and efficient use of equipment
  • Good organizational skills
  • Collaborative mindset
  • Efficient communication & Interpersonal contact



  • Minimum HBO education or equivalent level


  • 2-4 years work experience (minimum)


  • Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Duration: 1 year contract with a high possibility of extension
  • Start-date: 1 September 2023

Sound interesting?
Send your CV to Khanyi Mabena at k.mabena@panda-int.com or contact her on +31 2020 44502.