Laboratory Technician

Delft, Netherlands 🇳🇱

The ideal candidate would have a background in molecular biology and in faecal sludge management.


  • General molecular biology
  • General microbiology
  • Chemical, physical and microbiological analysis of faecal sludge samples
  • Analysis of water, soil and plant samples
  • Nucleic acids isolation and analysis: (q)PCR, RT-PCR
  • DNA sequencing: library preparation and data analysis
  • Molecular biology related techniques like FISH and flow cytometry
  • Work with viral, bacterial, protozoan and fungal samples
  • Guide students during laboratory experiments
  • Prepare for and assist in laboratory courses and fieldwork
  • Assist with research projects including method development and running reactors 
  • Day to day management of the faecal sludge, microbiology and molecular biology laboratories


The candidate has:

  • HBO/HLO (Bachelor of Science) diploma with experience in molecular biology and in chemical and microbiological analyses, familiar with standard and interested in emerging techniques in these fields, with willingness to learn new techniques
  • More than one year working experience in a relevant field.
  • Familiar with safe microbiology lab techniques, and ability to work safely alone and within a wastewater treatment plant
  • Willingness to work with faecal sludge
  • Experience with environmental samples
  • Experience of using standard methods for the examination of wastewater 
  • Experience or willingness to learn Helminths (Ascaris) numeration and viability analysis
  • Working knowledge of English language 
  • Experience in laboratory management and computer literate
  • Ability to work as a part of a team
  • Accurate, pragmatic and flexible
  • Affinity with teaching and international students
  • Willingness to travel and to developing countries
  • Driving licence


Terms of employment 

This position is, in principle, a permanent one, however, the first contract offered is always temporary. The position is based in Delft, The Netherlands. A salary in line with the market (scale 8) is offered depending on qualifications and experience in accordance with the conditions of employment for Dutch Universities. The appointment implies entry into the Netherlands’ Civil Service Pension Fund (ABP).


Information and application

Additional information can be obtained from: Mr. G.F. Kruis, Manager Laboratory of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department (T: +31(0)15-2151791 / E: [email protected]). Applications in English, including curriculum vitae and motivation letter, should be sent to IHE Delft, attn. Human Resource Management (E: [email protected]), PO Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft, The Netherlands, stating: 18-EEWT-02 The deadline for applications is 05-03-2018.