Scientist Genome Bioinformatics

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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 further strengthen our Bioinformatics team, we are looking for a talented:


Vacancy number 18.010

As Scientist Genome Bioinformatics you will contribute to the development of innovative bioinformatics methods and their application in the field of plant biotech and breeding. You will work on very challenging plant genome analyses using data from third generation sequencing technologies. In close collaboration with researchers and scientists from other research teams you will develop cutting edge plant breeding applications that build on the extraordinary potential of our in house single molecule sequencers and supported by a state-of-the-art HPC environment. You will work in a team of seven bioinformatics professionals, which is part of KeyGene’s Bioinformatics & Modeling department.

Desired skills and expertise

  • PhD degree in Bioinformatics/Computer Science or related field
  • Strong background in whole-genome analysis and excellent knowledge and hands-on experience with third generation genomic technologies
  • Experience with Linux and parallel computing on clusters and or cloud infrastructure
  • Advanced programming skills (fluent in at least Python or Perl)
  • Ambition to work in a pioneering research field
  • Enthusiastic team-player with good communication skills in English and a ”can do” attitude

KeyGene offer
KeyGene offers a dynamic job with a competitive salary and benefits in a vibrant, highly innovative and ambitious research company. You will be able to contribute to our internationally recognized position in agro-biotech research. KeyGene is located in Wageningen (The Netherlands), a worldwide renowned centre of agricultural research.

More information
Additional information can be obtained from Antoine Janssen, telephone +31 317 466866, email If you are interested in this position you can send your letter of application and resume by email to Angelique Philipsen, HR manager: Please mention the vacancy number 18.010 in your application.

A full curriculum vitae and motivation letter should be submitted before May 1st , 2018.
First round of interviews will be held on May 18th and May 22nd  2018