Open position: (Senior) organic chemistry data research assistant – Deadline 05 July 2024

Job description

The Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB) is looking for an enthusiastic organic chemistry data research assistant.


NWO-NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the Dutch national oceanographic institute and principally performs academically excellent multidisciplinary, fundamental, and frontier applied marine research addressing important scientific and societal questions pertinent to the functioning of the ocean and seas. NIOZ includes the National Marine research Facilities (NMF) department that operates a fleet of research vessels and the national pool of large seagoing equipment, and supports excellence in multidisciplinary marine research, education, and policy development.


The Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB) is located on Texel. The MMB Department studies microbial communities in all types of marine environments, from estuaries to the deep ocean, from the deep past to the present. Using field and experimental approaches and a variety of analytical, (bio)chemical and genomic techniques, we study the diversity, evolution, physiology and activity of eukaryotes, bacteria, archaea, and viruses in diverse marine environmental settings. We do so by a variety of analytical chemical, biochemical and modern genomic techniques. The MMB Department is well-equipped with laboratories for microbiology, molecular analyses and state-of-the-art bioinformatics facilities. The MMB technical and scientific staff is international, diverse, and has approximately 80 members, including PhD students, postdocs, and Master students from more than 15 different countries. A group of sixteen staff scientists and fifteen research assistants (junior and senior) form its support core.


We are looking for an enthusiastic organic chemistry data research assistant for our MMB department. The optimal candidate has expertise in analytical chemistry, organic compound identification, and mass spectrometry data analysis with affinity for natural products, high-throughput data analysis, and research data management. Specifically, the person filling up this position would be responsible for:

  • Mass spectral organic compound identification and curation of mass spectra databases.
  • Assist in the development of analytical pipelines for lipidomic approaches.
  • Assist users with organic compound detection, metabolomic/lipidomic data analysis, interpretation and data archiving.
  • Implement novel approaches for analyzing and integrating lipidomic data with other data types
  • Reporting, training and collaboration with students and researchers.
  • Research Data management (RDM) & data stewardship of the department with the responsibility to establish RDM plans, fostering FAIR data principles, consolidating data archiving data practices, training and assisting users to follow best practices of RDM.

Job requirements


We are looking for a highly motivated team player with the following characteristics:

  • An analytical chemist with proven skills in organic compound (big) data analysis preferably with an environmental or microbial focus.
  • Academic background, excellent communication skills and proficiency in Dutch or/and in English.
  • HBO/Master degree in analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, or a related field.
  • Proven suitability for the role of senior research assistant and at least 5 years of work experience on a research assistant level
  • Works in a reproducible way, bringing into practice the FAIR principles and motivate others to do so.
  • Affinity with data management and stewardship.
  • A positive attitude, open mind, and willingness to learn and take on new challenges.
  • Being highly organized, having a strong work ethic, excellent documentation skills, and attention to detail.
  • Motivated to learn new technologies and skills, and transfer these to others.


  • An exciting mix of experimental lipidomic/metabolomic work and computational tasks to analyze the resulting data with state-of-the-art and custom methods.
  • Interactions with researchers with backgrounds from a broad range of environmental microbiological topics.
  • Excellent laboratory and computing facilities.
  • Support from an enthusiastic research team consisting of scientist, research assistants, bioinformaticians, and computational infrastructure personnel to work with you.
  • Opportunities to further develop your professional skills via workshop and online course material

NIOZ wants to be a transparent institute with a healthy working climate and an inclusive culture, where people from diverse backgrounds and gender bring their talents and further develop these talents. We aim for inclusive decision-making processes and expect our leadership to show visible commitment, awareness of bias, and cultural intelligence.

Please note that Non-EU citizen can only apply for this position when they have a valid work permit for working in the Netherlands as it is not regarded as a scientific position.


  • Employment of this full-time position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO-I for 40 hours a week for a duration of 1 year with prospects of a permanent position.
  • Salary compliant with CAO-WVOI  (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes) scale 8 or 9 depending on relevant experience.
  • The freedom to fulfill your role and space and opportunities for your personal (talent) development with the help of the NIOZ Academy.
  • 338 annualized holiday hours for a full-time 40-hour work week.
  • Pension scheme via ABP, 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.33%.
  • 2nd class public transportation travel is reimbursed 100%.
  • Employment benefits plan to exchange a portion of your salary for days off or vice versa, or can be used to purchase a bicycle with tax benefits.
  • We offer relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.

More Information

For additional information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr. Laura Villanueva. For additional information about the procedure, please send an e-mail to

Closing date for this vacancy is July 5th. We aim to start interviewing in the week of July 15th.

Find out more and apply to this opportunity here.

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