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Senior Scientist Bioinformatics

Are you interested in the development and application of innovative bioinformatics techniques in the context of plant breeding? If so, apply for this position as Senior Scientist Bioinformatics at our Bioinformatics team in Fijnaart!
What does your position as Senior Scientist Bioinformatics at Rijk Zwaan look like?
As a Senior Scientist Bioinformatics you are responsible for solving complex research questions in the field of plant breeding through various bioinformatics analyzes. You will be responsible for executing and analyzing different types of ~ omics data on the basis of which phenotypic properties can be linked to the genome. You will be mostly working in multidisciplinary projects. In this position you will be deployed in both applied and more fundamental research in Rijk Zwaan's crops. You are also involved in:
  • Searching for new candidate genes that can contribute to improve traits in Rijk Zwaan crops;
  • Contributing to the development of new bioinformatics tools and methods, together with your other bioinformatics colleagues.
What you will bring to the job
Your analytical skills and motivation help you to solve complex issues within research while striving for high quality. Your experience in genome comparison and functional genomics methods enable you to identify new candidate genes. You also have the ability to translate complex genomic data into biological implications. You are a team player, enthusiastic, driven to take on new challenges and continuously improve yourself. You are able to work on multiple projects at the same time, without compromising on quality. In addition, we can find the following on your resume:
  • PhD in bioinformatics or comparable (eg computational biology, system biology) with several years; of work experience, or a MSc in a comparable field with at least 7 years of work experience;
  • Experience with analyzing ~ omics data, comparative genomics and candidate gene detection;
  • Advanced experience in at least 1 programming language (eg: Python, Java, R);
  • Knowledge of plant biology or plant breeding.
What can you expect from us?
As a Senior Scientist Bioinformatics you are part of the bioinformatics team within the biotechnology research center of Rijk Zwaan. This team consists of 13 colleagues who are working on the further development of genomics research at Rijk Zwaan. In addition to an innovative research environment, we are happy to offer you:
  • A permanent contract from the start for 38 hours a week;
  • Various training options via our Rijk Zwaan Academy;
  • An international working environment and the opportunity to work on your own development;
  • Fresh soups, salads and / or fruit on a daily basis.
Do you recognize yourself and would you like to start as soon as possible? Click on 'Apply' to apply directly. You can address your application to Jeanet van Someren (Human Resources Advisor).

As your application is assessed by several colleagues and you will receive a response within two weeks. An assessment will be part of the selection procedure.
Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?
In Fijnaart, West-Brabant, you can find a Research & Development location of Rijk Zwaan. Rijk Zwaan is 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.  Rijk Zwaan invests heavily in breeding programs and in research to support innovation for our crops and our product development. We want to be at the forefront of those areas of plant science that are applicable to our processes and products. Our largest research group is located in our biotechnology lab in Fijnaart. In this lab, research groups work on molecular biology, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, quantitative genetics, biochemistry and cell biology. A large part of the research is multidisciplinary.

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