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.

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


at the interface of breeding and molecular genetics

Vacancy number 19.005


As part of the Vegetable Crop Research Unit you will be involved in projects aimed at the development of both molecular genetic tools for breeding programs and gene validation methods for research programs. Your experience and expertise with state-of-the-art molecular (plant breeding) techniques, cell biology, crop genetics, and statistical data analysis will help to further improve the quality of our research. Your main task will be to initiate and execute scientific research in a project based R&D environment. You will work both autonomously as well as in teams and will provide reporting on the process and results for the customers. You will explore process improvements pro-actively and validate and implement new procedures and methods to further develop the quality and efficiency of our R&D. 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

  • PhD degree (or MSc with additional work experience) in the field of plant biotechnology, plant sciences, genetics or related fields
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or experience with relevant specialized methods, statistical tools, technology and traits
  • 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 to achieve objectives
  • Affinity with (vegetable) plant breeding

 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 contribute to our internationally recognized position in agro-biotech research. You will be located in Wageningen (The Netherlands), a worldwide renowned centre of agricultural research.

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, feel invited to upload your letter of application and resume before April 5th, 2019 via the form below. Please mention the vacancy number 19.005 in your letter of application.

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