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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. With our proprietary technologies and non-GM approaches, we support our customers with the development of new, 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. 

KeyGene continues to strengthen its competitive position; therefore we are looking for a skilled


at the interface of breeding and molecular genetics

Vacancy number 18.005

You will be part of the Vegetable Crop Research Unit and involved in projects aimed at the development of both molecular genetic tools for breeding programs and gene validation methods for research programs. Your past experience with state-of-the-art molecular techniques, cell biology and statistical data analysis will help to further improve the quality of our research.

Your main task will be to execute scientific experiments in a project based research environment. You will plan, organize and work both autonomously as well as in teams. Experimental design and set-up of individual projects, data production, quality control, handling and analysis of large data sets and concise reporting to the project leader are your major responsibilities. Together with other experts in your team you will work on different projects to ensure that research goals are met within the company’s project milestones.

Your profile

  • BSc or MSc degree in the field of (plant) biotechnology, genetics or molecular (cell) biology
  • Substantial hands-on expertise with molecular laboratory technologies
  • Affinity with cell biology technologies (transformation, regeneration) and it’s applications
  • Capable of working independently and well organized in a dynamic professional environment
  • Quality and result-oriented team player
  • Good communication skills in English both verbal and written
  • Flexible and pro-active working attitude towards timely achieving project objectives


  • Capable of handling and organizing large data sets Affinity with plant breeding

More information
Additional information about the position can be obtained from Ir. Rene Hofstede, Program Scientist Crops Team,  email: If you are interested in this position you can send your letter of application and resume to:  Keygene N.V. Attn. Ms Angelique Philipsen, HR manager, email: Please mention the vacancy number 18.005 in your letter of application.