Program Scientist/Team leader Genome Editing

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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

To boost our innovations in the field of plant genome editing, we are looking for an entrepreneurial

Program Scientist/Team Leader Genome Editing

Vacancy Number 17.009

Position
KeyGene has built a unique and strong global position in molecular plant breeding technologies. We are seeking an innovative Program Scientist/Team leader who is eager to strengthen and expand KeyGene’s global position in the future.
In your role of program scientist you are responsible for the initiation, acquisition and execution of strategic innovation and R&D programs and projects in the field of genome editing in plants. The R&D portfolio involves programs aimed at developing novel genome editing technologies and applications, including novel IP, and commercial application of the technology. One important aspect of the R&D focus is aimed at overcoming recalcitrance in the regeneration of crop plant species. Through intensive interactions with breeding companies and research partners, you will define short and long term research goals and ensure timely delivery. This involves collaborative engagement with other R&D teams in KeyGene, as well as with external and international collaboration partners and customers. As a program scientist you are leading a research team of 8-10 scientists, post-docs and technicians and you will coach and inspire your team members in their individual development. You will be reporting to the Vice-President Technology Development and be part of the management team of the Technology Development unit.

Your qualifications
• PhD in the field of (plant) molecular genetics, genetic engineering or biochemistry
• Internationally recognized scientific leader with a global network
• Thorough experience in the field of genome editing or genetic engineering
• Strong and inspiring vision on molecular breeding opportunities and ability to translate them into cutting-edge R&D projects
• Innovative, ambitious and enthusiastic research leader boosting innovations in genome editing
• Entrepreneurial and customer-oriented
• Proven leadership and project management skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent in English

Your track record
• Excellent track record of delivering R&D innovations, demonstrable by >10 high-impact scientific publications and patent applications.
• Proven track record of working experience in the field of genetic engineering and/or genome editing
• Experience with intellectual property (IP) protection of inventions

KeyGene offer
KeyGene offers a dynamic job with a competitive salary and benefits in a vibrant, highly innovative and ambitious research company. You will contribute to our internationally recognized position in Agro-biotech innovation and report to the VP Technology Development. The position is based at KeyGene’s headquarters in Wageningen (The Netherlands), a worldwide renowned centre of agricultural research.

More information
Additional information can be obtained from Nathalie van Orsouw, telephone +31 317 466866, email nathalie.van-orsouw@keygene.com. If you are interested in this position you can send your letter of application and resume to: KeyGene Attn. Ms A. Philipsen, HR manager, P.O. Box 216, 6700 AE Wageningen, The Netherlands or by email: angelique.philipsen@keygene.com. Please mention the vacancy number 17.009 in your application.