Vice President Crop Data Science

For our headquarters in Wageningen, we are hiring a new Vice President Crop Data Science. 

KeyGene’s Crop Data Science department is the company’s central hub for the development and application of advanced data analytics for crop improvement. This crucial work contributes to the quality and success of our support to our partners to accelerate their breeding and crop innovation. The Crop Data Science team works on a wide variety of challenges in crop and trait-related research, from pan-genomics and systems biology to breeding. Our experts are highly skilled in algorithm and software development. They employ state-of-the-art techniques for, amongst others, big data engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and high-performance computing. In addition, the department is, responsible for IT matters at KeyGene and its offices in the USA and India. The team maintains and develops the IT infrastructure and oversees all office, research, and communication-related IT operations pertaining to hardware, software, and IT security.


As Vice President Crop Data Science, you will provide strong and engaging leadership to the department and further build and expand the good relationships with KeyGene’s shareholders and other partners. Being an entrepreneurial and internationally recognized scientist, you will further develop the impact of our data analytics on trait and crop innovation through interaction with seed companies and other partners in the Agri-food sector. While doing so, you hold a keen eye on developing and protecting intellectual property. You will spearhead KeyGene’s innovation strategy in Data Science, driven by your vision on this field and by your profound understanding of KeyGene’s mission as the “Technology Innovation Engine for Crop Improvement”. You are capable of steering R&D in the context of the international Seed Industry and Argo Food Industry environment in which we operate.

The department currently consists of four teams: Genome Informatics, Data Analytics, Breeding Strategies and ICT. You inspire your teams, add to their creativity and constantly challenge your team members to take the next step in innovation.


You will be part of the management team of KeyGene and directly report to the CEO of the company.

Your profile

  • PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology or data science
  • Proven track record in strategic R&D and innovation
  • Broad and thorough knowledge of IT, cloud and high-performance computing, and information security
  • Experience leader and manager, capable to provide both scientific and entrepreneurial leadership in an internationally operating business
  • Strong ambition to develop and commercially apply innovative data science solutions for crop innovation
  • Ambitious, enthusiastic, and customer-oriented mindset
  • Excellent communication skills in English

What do you get in return?

KeyGene offers a dynamic job in a vibrant, highly innovative and ambitious research company. You will have the opportunity to contribute to our internationally recognised position in research on the development and application of technology innovation for crop improvement, for, and with partners. KeyGene’s headquarter is located in Wageningen (NL), a worldwide-renowned centre of agricultural research.

More information

Additional information can be obtained from Roeland van Ham, telephone +31 317 466866, email


If you are interested in this position, please upload your motivation letter and resume via the form below, mentioning the vacancy number 23.001. Deadline for application is January 31, 2023.