Program Scientist/Team leader Crop Innovation

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KeyGene – the crop innovation company
KeyGene is the go-to AgBiotech company for higher crop yield & 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, we support customers with the development of new and improved crops. Our goal is to help organizations with their toughest R&D challenges, combining our cutting edge breeding technologies, bioinformatics & data science expertise and plant-based trait platforms. At KeyGene, we work in an international environment with more than 140 professionals from all over the world. Our company is based in Wageningen, Netherlands and Rockville, MD, USA. 

The Crop Innovation Unit of KeyGene harbors three functions: Marketing, Business Development and Crop Innovation (R&D), all three geared towards generating crop innovations and business in the world wide seeds markets. To boost our innovative and entrepreneurial capacity and to strengthen our team, we are looking for an ambitious

Program Scientist / Team Leader Crop Innovation

Vacancy number 18.002

As Program Scientist, you will head the R&D team of the Crop Innovation Unit. Your responsibilities will be the initiation, realization and management of innovative and ambitious research programs with the aim to develop game changing traits for improvement of ornamental, field and industrial crops. You will initiate and manage multi-year strategic innovation programs with a focus on plant-environment interactions and trait improvement. In addition you will be responsible for the contract research we execute for our customers in the EMEA and APAC region. Through intensive interactions with breeding companies and research partners, you will define short and long term research goals that are in alignment with the company’s strategic goals. You will lead a team of 10 scientists and technicians with immediate outlook for further expansion of the team. Moreover, you will work closely with Marketing and Business Development to acquire additional business and with other KeyGene research departments to develop and apply breakthrough innovations. You will be part of the management team of the Crop Innovation Unit and will be reporting to the VP Crop Innovation.

Your qualifications and track record

  • PhD. in a relevant area (e.g. plant sciences, breeding, molecular genetics, molecular biology).
  • Scientific expertise and demonstrated multi-year experience in the field of plant-environment interactions and trait improvement with high impact publications and/or patents.
  • Strong and inspiring vision on innovative concepts for R&D in the field of molecular breeding and trait improvement.
  • Ambitious, enthusiastic and result-driven research leader with excellent communicative skills
  • Proven leadership and project management skills.
  • Entrepreneurial and customer-oriented.

Travel: approximately 10% required.

KeyGene offer
KeyGene offers you a dynamic and high-impact R&D leadership position with accompanying competitive remunerations, in a challenging, highly innovative and ambitious globally active research company.

More information
Additional information can be obtained from Dr. Edwin van der Vossen, VP Crop Innovation (T +31 317 466866; email If you are interested in this position, please send your letter of application and resume to: KeyGene.  Attn. Ms. A. Philipsen, HR manager (email: Please mention the vacancy number 18.002 in your letter of application.