Intern Thrips resistance in pepper

Bachelor Enkhuizen

What you tell your friends you are doing

“I contribute to the research and breeding activities aimed at developing pepper varieties resistant against thrips.”

What you are going to do

Thrips are minute insects what devastating consequences in vegetable cultivation. Insecticide bans, insecticide resistance, wide host-range, global spread, and quick generation times make thrips especially difficult to control. The solution? Host plant resistance! And here is where you come in!

  • You will be based in the phytopathology department, working closely with our molecular and breeding departments.
    • Your research includes the development and optimization of high throughput digital phenotyping protocols and testing these methods to discover new resistance mechanisms in wild pepper varieties.

Natural talent

  • You are fascinated by plant / insect interactions and would like to experience the field of entomology in an industrial setting.
  • You are open to learn new ideas and techniques
  • You can work both in a team as independently, critically assessing experimental setups, data, and innovative ideas.
  • You are creative, a team player and a good communicator.
  • You are a student enrolled in a BSc or MSc biology education;
  • You have basic knowledge about plant genetics and entomology;
  • You have some affinity with data analysis (prior know how on R and ImageJ are most welcome);
  • You are available for six months, starting early 2023;
  • You are fluent in English.

About Enza Zaden

Enza Zaden is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties. And produces and sells its seeds all over the world. They have made an animation to explain to you properly (and as briefly as possible) what we do.

The purpose of their work? To offer everyone worldwide access to healthy and varied vegetables. With more than 2000 passionate colleagues all over the world, Enza Zaden worsk together every day on the vegetables of tomorrow.

Take your chance

Apply online to their Recruitment department,  Do you have a question or do you want to learn more about the position? You can always contact Annemarie Weening, Recruiter, via +31 62970 6834 or contact Jeroen Maas, Junior Researcher,