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Pre-Breeder (Potato)

Your contribution:
Ad Vrolijk (Breeder hybrid potato):
Every day higher demands are put on the potato, one of the biggest staple foods in the world. A constantly changing view on nutritional values alters the way consumers look at the potato, and environmental changes in potato producing regions need better adapted potato varieties. Our challenge is to meet current and future needs by breeding potato varieties that meet any new demand.
Your opportunity:
To deliver new potato varieties which combine new traits with superior quality, more tasks are created for pre - breeding. The successful candidate will be active in the trait- and pre - breeding activities in potato. The potato breeding team is responsible for the development of new potato varieties, supported by the Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology and Quality group. The pre - breeding is active across all of these groups, combining aspects from all fields and translating them into practical applications.
All this results in the following tasks and responsibilities:
  • Experimental design, population development and phenotyping for marker assisted breeding and mapping studies.
  • Analysis and interpretation of datasets generated with modern molecular marker and sequencing techniques.
  • Screening of wild species to identify new traits and incorporate them into the common gene pool.
  • Scientific and practical support of members of the breeding team.
  • Keep the breeding department up to date with the latest developments in plant breeding by attending relevant seminars and created and maintain contacts with potato research institutes worldwide.
Your talent:
For this pre – breeder position you preferably have a MSc or PhD in plant breeding, or Molecular Biology / Genetics with work experience in plant breeding. Next to that you recognize yourself in the following requirements:
  • A creative and innovative attitude (which enables you as a breeder to translate obstacles into novel genetic solutions).
  • Practical knowledge and experience in data management and molecular software tools (R, Genstat or equivalent statistical software).
  • Must be able to manage several projects at the same time.
  • Good communicative and interpersonal skills; team player capable of working in groups which combine many different disciplines.
  • Analytical thinking and problem solving attitude.
  • Strong communication skills in spoken and written English (Dutch  is an asset but not essential).
We offer you:
This pre – breeder position is a challenging job with a lot of freedom to operate and possibilities to develop your creative character. Furthermore we offer you:
  • An innovative atmosphere.
  • A job in a flexible surrounding with an eye to the future.
  • An organization which supports your development.
  • Location: Metslawier, the Netherlands.
Our company:
HZPC is one of the world leaders in the marketing of seed potatoes for various applications. As a company, we are locally  represented by our own HZPC teams in 13 countries. Together with our well over 300 employees, 900 growers and 40 breeders we are dedicated to the development and commercialization of new, specific varieties. Our seed potatoes are exported to more than 80 countries.
At our R&D facilities in Metslawier, more then 70 employees work on the development of new potato varieties. Besides the development of superior potato varieties, we conduct own research on plant pathology, measure intrinsic qualities (like taste and texture) and apply the most advanced DNA techniques.
Your reaction:
You are invited to show your interest before January 6th.
For additional information please contact Jephtha Verheijen (HR advisor): or  +316 570 861 97.