Marie Sklodowska-Curie IF Call

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NEW Marie Sklodowska-Curie IF CALL

for career opportunities in a research company

KeyGene’s CEO – Arjen van Tunen: “The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MC IF) is a prestigious grant from the European Union and I am proud that KeyGene was able to attract two young talented scientists, who are going to work on economically relevant topics. Even though the MC IF granting scheme is very competitive, KeyGene has realized a high success rate with their applications and I would like to stimulate other highly motivated scientists to consider co-writing a proposal for a topic of their liking with KeyGene in the future.” Full press release can be found here.


to apply jointly with KeyGene for the EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie 2018 Individual Fellowship

Application number 18.100MC

About Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
The MC IF is a prestigious European funding scheme that supports mobility, career development, and training within and beyond Europe, and offers 12-24 months’ highly competitive salary and research funds. More information on MC IF can be found here.

To be taken at KeyGene, Wageningen, The Netherlands
KeyGene is the go-to AgBiotech company for higher crop yield and quality. With our intellectual capital, solution driven approach and collaborative spirit, we work for the future of global agriculture with partners in the AgriFood sector. Using our proprietary technologies and non-GM approaches, KeyGene supports customers with the development of new and improved crops. KeyGene’s goal is to help organizations with their toughest R&D challenges, combining our cutting edge breeding technologies, bioinformatics and data science expertise and trait platforms. At KeyGene, we work in an international environment with more than 140 professionals from all over the world.

 Field of Action
Suggestions for fields of action for the application are:

  • Genome Bioinformatics incl. resequencing and variome analysis
  • New applications for Oxford Nanopore Technologies’ sequencing platform
  • Genome-wide prediction and selection
  • Trait Development through Genome Editing and Mutation Breeding
  • Digital Phenotyping and Virtual Reality Visualisation
  • Computational Candidate Gene Discovery – engine for superior lead genes
  • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • Biotic Stress Resistance (insects, nematodes, viruses, fungi)
  • Reproduction Traits (yield stability, double haploids, apomixis, meiosis)
  • Development of Novel Crops for Biobased economy

Applicants must satisfy the two requirements below:

  1. Experience: Researchers in possession of a Ph.D. degree.
  2. Mobility: at the time of deadline for submission of the proposal (12th September 2018) the researcher must not have worked or resided in the Netherlands for more than 36 months within the past five years.

Candidate’s profile qualifications to work at KeyGene

  • Ph.D. in a relevant area (e.g. plant sciences, breeding, molecular genetics, applied genetics, molecular biology, bio informatics, data science)
  • Scientific expertise with demonstrated relevant experience and a track record of high impact publications and/or patents
  • Strong and inspiring vision on innovative concepts for R&D in the field of molecular breeding and trait development
  • Ambitious, entrepreneurial and customer-oriented researcher
  • Keen interest to translate R&D into applied science
  • Networker with solid communicative skills

Duration of the Program: max. 24 months

How to apply for KeyGene’s support for an MC IF application
Your application for KeyGene MC IF support must be in English and consist of:

  • a cover letter (incl. information on your research area(s) and your career learning goal)
  • your curriculum vitae and
  • a max. two-page research proposal summary

Applications must be sent by email to Mrs. Angelique Philipsen, VP HR & CA, Please mention KeyGene application number 18.100MC in your letter of application.

Selected candidates will then be invited to pitch their draft research proposal for the MC IF application at KeyGene. The final selected candidates will be appointed a KeyGene mentor who will support the candidate with their MC IF application filing (filing deadline is 12th  September 2018). In case the MC IF application will be granted the candidate will be offered a temporary employment contract at KeyGene in Wageningen, and the possibility to work on innovative research and personal career development goals.

 More information
Additional information about the research can be obtained from Dr. Michiel van Eijk, Chief Scientific Officer (T +31 317 466866; email For more information about the procedure, please contact Tiny Swemers, HR Advisor (T +31 317 466866; email