The Material Incubator (MI) is a new lab started by a collaboration of the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (CoEBBE) and the Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (CARADT).

You will be based at : ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Work scope : 0,6 – 1,0 fte

Starting date: Immediately


Great job

As researcher and lab manager you will support the team of (international) researchers  and supervise interns and graduates. You will continue and improve the research and will manage the laboratory in Den Bosch, guarantee the safety and maintain equipment and materials. In the long term  there is an option for conducting independent research within either of the two research groups.
Managing the lab in combination with support and conducting research on mycelium composites and algae.

As researcher you will work both for the research group Biobased Building, which is part of CoEBBE, and for the research group Biobased Art & Design from CARADT. The research focuses on biobased materials made from mycelium (fungi) and algae, sometime bacteria are used. You have enthusiasm for practical research, especially in the field of microorganisms such as fungi and algae, which you like to share with other researchers and students.

As the lab is an independent research location at the Art Academy building and a cooperation between 2 research fields (biobased / microbiology and art & design), you need to feel comfortable in taking your own decisions and following procedures from 2 different parts of the organization. The laboratory education building and therefore expertise is located in the vicinity of the Art Academy Building, as well as the practical unit for research in Biobased Building, but you still need to navigate in the organization independently and manage the lab by yourself and take care of the inventory. Furthermore, you maintain the equipment and will not avoid solving any malfunctions. As manager of the lab, you also coordinate the activities of other lab users, amongst which students. You need to be confident in that role and take the lead.

In parallel, you do research together with the team, developing new insights, prepare analyses for the research and monitor the implementation.

You like a functional and tidy laboratory in which safe and responsible handling of microorganisms, chemicals and biological agents has your highest priority. You will have an important role in the planning and organization of the laboratory and are the main point of contact for the practical research. Due to the collaboration with multiple international researchers within the teams, but also among students, it is necessary that you have a good level of English.

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Your work
The Material Incubator is a creative research lab, where different disciplines come together. It is a place where innovative materials are being developed. In the lab you will be working under Lector Willem Böttger (Biobased Building) and Elvin Karana (Biobased Art & Design) together with two research groups full of enthusiastic fellow researchers. With backgrounds in Biology, Microbiology, Physics, Environmental Science, Industrial Design and Art, it is an interesting mix of technical and practical knowledge.

As part of Avans University of Applied Sciences you are also closely related to education, consisting of a broad variety of disciplines. You will assist in practical work done by students, for example during their minor or as part of their internship or graduation. Some of the students wil not have (a lot of) lab experience prior to working in your lab. Furthermore, the lab is connected to the other research fields from the expertise centers and has a network with multiple external knowledge institutes and companies.

The Material Incubator enables highly educated professionals to contribute to the transition towards a biobased society. Scientists, designers, teachers and students work together to encourage the knowledge, research and education on biobased materials.

Excellent Employer

Avans University of Applied Sciences is known to be a good employer, which shows in the employment conditions:

  • We offer you plenty of opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • You will receive a monthly salary in scale 8: €2.529 – €3.386 gross based on a full-time position. This is in accordance with the Higher Professional Education Collective Labour Agreement.
  • A year-end bonus in the form of a thirteenth month’s salary is a standard remuneration component.
  • You will be able to start work immediately.
  • We offer you an appointment for the duration of one year with the possibility of extension depending on performance.

You fit right in

We are looking for a flexibel team player. You are curious, dedicated, open, ambitious and a good colleague to work with. You are independent, but like to work in a team of researchers and have affinity with guiding students during their (graduation) internship. Furthermore we have the following requirments:

  • You have a degree in biology or similar field (minimal HBO level with extensive work experience in a lab ).
  • Work experience in one or more of the following fields and corresponding techniques is needed: microbiology, or biochemistry / molecular biology.
  • Experience with mycelia and algae is an advantage.
  • Cooperation with other institutions and companies, being the centre point of a network (in subsidised projects) comes naturally to you.
  • The prospect of further developing yourself in doing practical research in the field of (biological) materials appeals to you.
  • You are prepared to obtain both the required BHV and first aid (EHBO) certificate.

Innovative Avans
Big, but small in scale. Involved. Personal. That is Avans. Here you can be yourself. You get all the space you need with your unique ideas and insights. That suits our learning and entrepreneurial character. We offer optimally flexible education in co-creation with the professional field. And we are constantly changing with the world around us. We want to offer more and more customization, with students partly determining their own learning route. That is our ambition for 2025. Discover Avans as an employer through these stories.

Contribute to our Ambition

If you are sure this job suits you and you are keen to join Avans, then apply no later than November 14th 2021 via the application button. Should you have any further questions about this position, please contact Ilse Rovers, projectleader and teacher, on telephone number +31 6 83 00 00 15 or Rens Holslag, Caradt manager, on telephone number +31 6 10 26 66 96.

We will do our best to give you an update on your application within 2 weeks after the vacancy has closed.

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