Research assistant biological control - NIOO-KNAW - Wageningen

Location: Wageningen
Max hours per week: 32.00
Max salaris: €3.298,-
Duration of agreement: 8 months, on-call contract
Apply until: 02/25/2024


What you will be doing

You will work in a project titled "Smart parasitoids: effective biological control", which aims to reduce the reliance on pesticides in ornamental greenhouse crops by improving biological control. You will work with a study system of mealybugs as pest insects and parasitoid wasps as biocontrol agents. In this project, we aim to enhance the effectiveness of these parasitoids by providing them with information on the presence of pest insects through learning. Together with private/industrial partners (in biological control) and ornamental crop growers, we are developing an application that automatically trains parasitoids in the greenhouse.


What you will be contributing

As the research assistant on the project, your primary tasks are maintaining the insect colonies and taking care of the plants. We expect that these tasks take approximately 8 hours per week.

Additionally, you may help with:

• Preparing and performing cage assays with parasitoids in experimental greenhouses

• Preparing and performing laboratory observations of parasitoid behavior and behavioral assays with parasitoids

• Preparing collections of insect and plant odors

• Data entry and organization

Hours per week can therefore vary and the position is 'on-call' (maximum 32 hours per week).


Job requirements

• A BSc or MSc degree (or close to obtaining the degree - because this is an 'on-call' position) in the fields of (applied) biology or ecology

• Demonstrable experience with insects (e.g. biological control systems and/or behavioral experiments)

• Good organisational skills

• Affinity with scientific research

• Language skills: spoken and written English is required, Dutch is of added value.

• Having a driver’s license is of added value


About NIOO
The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is a top research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). NIOO-KNAW focuses on fundamental and strategic research on individual organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems.


Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is €2.618,- and the maximum salary is €3.298,- gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 6 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP.

The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).  

For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.

Applying for a Certificate of Conduct (VOG) can be part of the application procedure.


Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.


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