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Researcher Quantitative Genetics

Are you a communicative researcher with experience in quantitative genetics and statistics? Are you fascinated by the genetic inheritance of traits and do you enjoy analyzing data? Then apply for the vacancy Researcher Quantitative Genetics in Fijnaart.
How does a typical working day at Rijk Zwaan look for a Researcher Quantitative Genetics?
Within this role you are responsible for investigating the linkage between genetic markers and phenotypic traits. Your main job will be to perform QTL-studies and/or to run genomic selection and genomic prediction analyses on the data provided to you, and to report the results back to your colleagues in a clear and concise way. In addition, you will investigate and develop new ideas and methodologies to further unravel the genetic basis of (complex) traits. Together with colleagues from other data-driven departments you will be involved in the development of tools that enable easy access and implementation of the gained knowledge within the entire organization.
Your contribution as a Researcher Quantitative Genetics
You are a team player who uses his or her analytical skills to find solutions. You like to take the initiative and you dare to be critical. Plant breeding and its practical application are of interest to you and you find it interesting to work in an interdisciplinary environment. You have good communication skills that enable you to easily interact with the many different people and groups within and outside the company. Proficiency in English is essential in view of the international nature of the department.
In addition we can find the following on your CV:
  • a university background in plant breeding, biology, mathematics and/or statistics
  • experience in quantitative genetics and statistical research, preferably during a PhD study
  • experience with developing scripts and/or packages in R, experience with R-Shiny would be an advantage
What can you expect from us?
This vacancy is for a position within the department of Quantitative Genetics, a team of people enthusiastic about statistics, genetics and data analysis in general. Every day we are putting our statistical knowledge into practice for breeding by analyzing data and by collaborating closely with our colleagues in the R&D departments. In addition, we’re happy to offer you:
  • A permanent contract from the start (32-38 hours/week)
  • The possibility to travel abroad for conferences and relevant trainings
  • The freedom to take the initiative and to develop yourself further within an organization where 30% of the turnover is invested in R&D
  • The possibility to contribute to a healthy future for everybody
 You can address your application to Jeanet van Someren (Advisor Human Resources). Click on 'Apply' to apply directly.
We will consider your application carefully, which may take some time. You will hear from us as soon as possible.
Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?
Rijk Zwaan is an international family business with a people-oriented culture. De Lier, in the Westland region of The Netherlands, is home to the headquarters of Rijk Zwaan, with a second R&D office located in Fijnaart, in the Moerdijk region of The Netherlands. Rijk Zwaan is right at the start of the food chain. We develop vegetable varieties and sell the seeds produced from them globally. We have a long-term focus, which is why we offer our employees a permanent position as soon as they join us.
From our strategic position we contribute to the health and well-being of people all over the world. Everything we do is about growth. The growth of natural products that we export around the world. The growth of our company, which currently employs around 3,000 people in over 30 countries. And above all the growth of our people: we give you every opportunity to use your own initiative and achieve your full potential. Working with colleagues to produce the best and tastiest vegetables. Reinforcing, helping and inspiring one another. That’s how we want to continuously work together towards a healthy future.

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