Program Scientist / Team leader Plant Cell Innovations

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, the Netherlands, Rockville, MD, USA and Hyderabad, India.

To boost our innovations in the field of plant cell and tissue innovations, we are looking for an entrepreneurial

Program Scientist / Team Leader

Plant Cell Innovations

Vacancy number 19.008


KeyGene has built a unique and strong global position in molecular plant breeding technologies. As a Program Scientist/Team leader you are an innovative leader who is eager to strengthen and expand KeyGene’s global position in the future. As a program scientist you are responsible for the initiation, acquisition and execution of strategic innovation and R&D programs in the field of genome editing and cell & tissue technologies in plants. The R&D portfolio involves programs aimed at developing novel 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 team leader you are leading a research team of 8-12 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.

Although the position is in a crop innovation company, also innovative team leaders from outside plant breeding, who have a strong affinity to genome editing and cell biology technology development, are invited to respond.

 Your qualifications

  • PhD in the field of (plant) molecular genetics, molecular cell biology or biotechnology
  • Internationally recognized scientific leader with a global network
  • Thorough experience in the field of genome editing and plant cell biology
  • Strong and inspiring vision on molecular breeding opportunities and ability to translate them into cutting-edge R&D programs
  • Innovative, ambitious and enthusiastic research leader boosting innovations in genome editing and cell & tissue technologies in plants
  • 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 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 If you are interested in this position, please upload your letter of application and resume via the form below.