Scientist Functional Genomics

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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 added value in the world wide seeds markets. To boost our innovative and entrepreneurial capacity and to expand our team, we are looking for an ambitious

SCIENTIST Functional Genomics

Vacancy number 18.003

As Scientist you will initiate and work on innovative and ambitious research projects with a focus on functional genomics and plant-environment interaction. You are capable of developing and applying breakthrough innovations that make a difference in the performance of our crops. This will be done in close collaboration with seed companies and R&D partners. Together with our Business Development team, you will play a key role in expanding KeyGene’s business in ornamental, field and industrial crops.

Your qualifications and track record

  • PhD. in plant molecular genetics, plant breeding, or functional genomics
  • Strong and inspiring vision on molecular breeding opportunities in crop plants.
  • Proven track record with strategic R&D (>5 years) and with high impact publications and/or patents
  • Innovative, ambitious and enthusiastic scientist with solid communicative skills.
  • Entrepreneurial and customer oriented.

KeyGene offer
KeyGene offers you a dynamic and high-impact R&D 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 18.003 in your letter of application.