Program Scientist Breeding Solutions

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

Program Scientist Breeding Solutions
To lead the development and commercialization of our innovative computational breeding solutions

Vacancy number 21.004


As a Program Scientist you will be responsible for the continuous development of computational technologies in our Genomic Breeding platform. This involves: i) strategic innovation and R&D, with a focus on incorporating new artificial intelligence technologies in breeding, and ii) commercial application of our current genetics and breeding technologies, in particular geared towards complex crop genetics and genomic selection. Through intensive interaction with breeding companies and other partners in the AgroFood sector, you will initiate and lead contract research programs on trait analysis using quantitative genetics approaches, digital phenotyping and breeding strategy design, aimed at delivering practical breeding solutions. You will lead a team of R&D professionals with backgrounds in quantitative genetics, statistics and mathematics, and you will closely engage with bioinformaticians, software developers and crop and business specialists within KeyGene, as well as with external partners. You will be part of the management team of the Bioinformatics & Modeling Department and report to the VP of the department.

Your profile

  • PhD in plant/animal genetics research relevant to breeding
  • Strong background in statistical genetics
  • Proven track record with applied or strategic R&D and innovation
  • Strong ambition to develop and commercially apply innovative breeding solutions, including use of new artificial intelligence technology
  • Experience in experimental design and analysis of breeding data, including but not limited to linkage analysis, GWAS, genetic parameter/EBV estimation and Genomic Selection
  • Ability to provide both scientific and entrepreneurial leadership in an internationally operating business
  • An ambitious, enthusiastic, and customer-oriented mindset is a must for this position
  • Excellent communication skills in English; command of Dutch is an asset

Our 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 work on the continuous development of our technology platforms and so contribute to our internationally recognized position in agro-biotech research. The position is based in Wageningen (The Netherlands), a worldwide renowned centre of agricultural research.

More information
Additional information about the position can be obtained from Roeland van Ham, VP Bioinformatics, telephone +31 317 466866. For more information about the application procedure, please contact the HR department at  

How to apply
If you are interested in this vacancy, please send us your letter of motivation and cv, using the form below.