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Program Scientist Wageningen Netherlands,  

KeyGen (company)

Posted on : 20 March 2017

Project Description

  • Our company 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. 
  • We work in an international environment with more than 140 professionals from all over the world. 
  • Our company continues to strengthen its competitive position; therefore we are looking for a skilled
  • The Crop Innovation Unit of our company harbors the three functions Marketing, Sales and Crop Innovation (R&D), all three geared towards generating crop innovations and business in the non-vegetable seeds market. To boost our innovative and entrepreneurial capacity and to strengthen our team, we are looking for an ambitious

  •  As a Program Scientist (PS), you will initiate, realize and manage innovative and ambitious molecular breeding programs that aim to improve major plant traits. 
  • You will be responsible for the contract research we execute for our customers and for initiating strategic internal innovation programs. 
  • Through intensive interactions with breeding companies and research partners, you will define short and long term research goals that are in alignment with the company s strategic goals. 
  • You will lead a team of around 8-10 research professionals.
  • Also, you will work closely with Marketing and Sales to help steer our strategic innovation agenda and to acquire additional business. 
  • You will be part of the management team of the Crop Innovation Unit of our company  and will be reporting to the VP Crop Innovation.

Your qualifications and track record
  • PhD. in a relevant area (e.g. plant sciences, breeding, molecular genetics, applied genetics, molecular biology). 
  • Scientific expertise with demonstrated relevant experience (> 10 years) and a track record of high impact publications and/or patents. 
  • Provable track record with applied or strategic R&D. 
  • Strong and inspiring vision on innovative concepts for R&D in the field of molecular breeding and native trait development. 
  • Ambitious, enthusiastic and result-driven research leader with solid communicative skills and working experience in a global setting. 
  • Entrepreneurial and customer-oriented. 
  • Proven leadership and project management skills. 
  • Experience in business development desired. 
  • Travel: approximately 10% required.

Our company offers you a dynamic and high-impact R&D leadership position with accompanying competitive remunerations, in a challenging, highly innovative and ambitious globally active research company.


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