Specialist Tissue Culture Laboratory

At Royal Van Zanten, our people and our shared passion make us unique. It is our purpose to pass on the passion that we share for our flowers and plants and for growing our business.


The tissue culture laboratory of Van Zanten Breeding is looking for a (junior)


with ambition and a sense of responsibility


Your responsibilities

Optimizing existing techniques and researching new techniques in the field of (tissue culture) breeding, in vitro initiation and production/cultivation.

You coordinate the in vitro initiation, build up of in vitro stock material and true to type tests. in various crops. You develop protocols for our laboratories at home and abroad.

You consult on the work with product managers, breeders and fellow specialists.

You lead (research) projects. You give instructions and explanations to the employees with whom you work. You handle information and data confidentially.

The Laboratory Specialist reports directly to the Manager Laboratory.

You will give functional directions to employees in the laboratory.

This is a full-time position, the work is performed in our laboratory in Rijsenhout (NH).


You are unique

We are looking for a colleague who shares our passion for flowers and plants.

You have a proactive, critical attitude, are accurate and can work independently.

You have good communication skills and easily connect with others.

You possess a high degree of flexibility.


We are looking for candidates who:

– have completed a relevant education at bachelor level

– have at least 3 years of work experience

– have knowledge of and experience with tissue culture production

– have a good command of both Dutch and English


Royal Van Zanten has a lot to offer 

We offer you a career and an opportunity to keep developing your work and yourself. It is our strategy to invest in the continuous development of our people, products, processes and the overall quality.

We are ambitious, and we hope that you are too. We offer a competitive salary, great secondary conditions and – most importantly – a passionate team of colleagues that will make every day of working with Royal Van Zanten a pleasure and an adventure.

We offer you the opportunity to work internationally. Occasional travel to the foreign laboratories is part of the job.

Our employee benefits package is generous and includes a holiday pay, travel allowance, a bonus scheme and also a pension with BPL, 25½  days of leave per year, an employee bicycle scheme, company physiotherapy, collective health insurance and more.

Are you enthusiastic? We would love to hear from you. You can send us your application at If you have any questions about the position, please contact Wim Rook (Manager Laboratory) at or +31 6 20243410.

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Working at Royal Van Zanten

“At our lab in Rijsenhout I work with a team of researchers on improving varieties by means of quality controls, new germination techniques and DNA research.”

Wim Rook, Head of Laboratory

“Royal Van Zanten has given me the opportunity to take courses and qualify as a breeder. I’ve been a breeder for five years now and I’m beginning to see the first results of my labour... and I’m very proud of them."

Dave Geerlings, Breeder

“I really enjoy working for Royal Van Zanten because of the many flowers and plants here. After a few years in the Gladiolus department, I have now been working in the Lily breeding department for three years. Even without specialist training, Royal Van Zanten is giving me plenty of opportunities to grow.”

Adriaan Zweemer, Assistant Breeder

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Pieter Huys, Manager Finance, Uganda
Wim Rook, Head of Laboratory
Dave Geerlings, Breeder
Adriaan Zweemer, Assistant Breeder
Jamada Bwambale, Team Leader, Mukono Uganda
Pieter Huys, Manager Finance, Uganda