Top Talent Project

The Winclove Top Talent Project

Are you an independent spirit with real guts and bright ideas, keen on creating your own 1-year science project in the human microbiome field? Do you want to develop your talent in an innovative biotechnology enterprise in the inspiring city of Amsterdam? Then the Winclove Top Talent Project (WTTP) is the challenge you are looking for!

Who we are looking for

To further innovate our probiotics we are looking for creative scientific talents in the human microbiome field. The WTTP is available for excellent European researchers who have just earned their MSc or PhD. You will get the opportunity to design and carry out your own science project dedicated to microbial/probiotic research. The candidates will be selected based on their academic record and a promising and original project plan. If you can demonstrate insight in microbial research topics, we are more than interested in receiving your application and project plan.

Examples of inspiring topics for your project plan:

  • Stimulating short chain fatty acid production.
  • Exploiting bacterial strains from fermented foodstuffs.
  • Characterizing human derived anaerobic strains.
  • Converting microbiome data to probiotic therapies.
  • Exploring cutting-edge technologies to improve our probiotics.
  • Identification of bioactive molecules from probiotic bacteria 
  • Or any other bright research ideas!

What we are offering

Winclove offers you a great place to work and the opportunity to fully explore your talent. You will carry out your project at Winclove’s office, located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Winclove’s laboratory is equipped with bacterial cell-culture and molecular microbiology analysis facilities (PCR, RT), lab-scale fermenters and drying system. There is also the possibility to outsource laboratory services and analysis. A senior scientist with valuable experience to learn from will guide you during your year and Top Talents from the previous year will show your way around the Dutch culture. During the project you will receive financial compensation of €1800, - gross monthly and housing compensation of €400, - gross monthly.
Selected candidates will start their science project around the 1st of October; the exact date can be discussed.

How to apply

To apply for a WTTP position, please make use of the project plan application form which can be downloaded here: WTTP Application form.
Email this form together with your motivation and up to date curriculum vitae before the 1st of September 2018 to: Mrs. Germaine van Wel, g.vanwel@winclove.nl.
The most creative applicants will get our attention!  For more information about the WTTP you can contact Mrs. Germaine van Wel by email g.vanwel@winclove.nl or telephone: 0031 (0)20 435 02 35.

Reviews from previous Winclove Top Talents

Katerina Alexopoulou

Katerina Alexopoulou
Katerina Alexopoulou

"What attracted me about the Winclove Top Talent project is that Winclove is an international company focused purely on probiotic formulations. I could find my self between professionals where all the topics of conversations involve the probiotic microorganisms, and, in my opinion, that is the best way to learn something in depth. Plus; what a better way to start a career in a company that gives you the opportunity to design your own science project in the field of microbiota management.

As a Winclove Top Talent, I am part of Winclove’s innovation team and my role is to discover new probiotic candidates for health conditions. One of the most exciting things I am currently working on is exploiting a new high through put protocol for the isolation and qualification of probiotic strains.
My job exposes me to new technologies and skills. Building knowledge for Winclove while improving my own technical skills is a 'win-win' situation. I'm building up on my career in the probiotic field through new technologies and research work and besides, I can lead my own project while cultivating the skill of creative thinking from the scientific mentors in our team. Moreover, it gave me exposure to different functions, international trends, legislative, marketing approaches and innovative thinking. 

At Winclove, each employee is entrusted with much responsibility from the very start and in reverse. My team brings different perspectives and backgrounds, transforming meetings into brainstorming gatherings for what could be done to better to support the business fast, and I am honored to be part of it. They are great coaches and I benefit from their experience. Although the position is challenging by it self, the feeling of anxiety is minimum. I have mentors I can trust and I know that if, for example anything “cutting- edge”, is needed, Winclove closely collaborates with many institutes and professionals, and as so, everything can be achievable. Also, the fact that Winclove is based in the Netherlands, were the feeling of freedom and creativity is embraced, what makes it the most amazing city of the world in my opinion, makes the Top Talent year, a very valuable experience."

Anna de Prisco

Anna de Prisco

“I come from Italy and I got my Master degree in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Naples Federico II, where I also received my PhD in Food and Agricultural Sciences last May. I have been working in the field of probiotic microorganisms for the last five years investigating many different aspects of such bacteria with special attention to the application of microencapsulation as strategy to improve bacterial resistance and metabolism.

During my latest working experience in a Dutch University I developed an interest for a new topic in the wide and intriguing world of probiotics. The Winclove Top Talent program gave me the chance and resources to explore this topic, as well as to start a new and challenging working experience and to spend one more year in the beautiful landscapes of The Netherlands.

Every day I am surrounded from an encouraging and forward-looking team of colleagues in a Company whose main interest is to use the latest research developments to come up with high quality and innovative probiotic and prebiotic formulas.

WTTP is an opportunity for researchers to contribute in getting research findings into practice!”

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