Careers in the Netherlands

Scientific Programmer

Are you inspired to develop new solutions for genomic research? Do you like to start from an idea to prototype till implemented tool? If so, apply for this full-time Scientific Programmer position at our office in Fijnaart, The Netherlands.
Your Role:
In the biotechnology research facility of Rijk Zwaan, you will join the bioinformatics team to design and develop new tools/pipelines for various bioinformatics applications. In close consultation with researchers and technicians, you will prototype new software/pipelines and implement them into stable (company-wide) solutions. In these projects, you will work in close collaboration with IT teams at Rijk Zwaan. You independently scout for new (open source) tools, introduce them to the bioinformatics team and test them on usability. You will be the main person involved in converting research level code to production level code that will lead to stable company wide data analyses solutions. In addition, you play a supportive role in answering biological questions by deploying available bioinformatics solutions for the team and other Rijk Zwaan researchers. In parallel, you take lead in setting up integrative resource platforms for comparative genomics applications. In this way, the position will offer you versatile challenges in a research environment and the opportunity to participate directly in the innovation process.
Your contribution:
You are an enthusiastic team player who looks for solutions and you are not afraid to explore new challenges. You have a ‘can do’ attitude with a constant drive to improve.

In addition, your CV ticks the following boxes:
  • A master degree in computer science/Bioinformatics/Computational biology with a strong computational/software background
  • Expert in at least one programming language and comfortable with few more languages (e.g. Python, Java, R, C++, Unix/Shell scripting)
  • Proven track record in research software development and knowledge in open source tools in genomic field is an advantage
  • Experience in Linux environment (installation and testing of softwares and databases)
  • Proven track record of developing and deploying bioinformatics or other software tools
What can you expect from us?
  • A permanent contract from the start
  • Various training courses and opportunities through our very own Rijk Zwaan Academy
  • The freedom to take the initiative and work on your own development
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.
An assessment will be part of the procedure. 

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?
In Fijnaart, Moerdijk region of The Netherlands, is a Research and Development location based of Rijk Zwaan - an international family company with a people-oriented culture. 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 contract 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 over 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.

Crop Specialist


Read this story