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Internship in Biochemistry and AI

As a Biochemistry and AI trainee, you will contribute in developing crops with improves visual traits. With your eye for detail, you will contribute to the vegetables of tomorrow! Become part of our Biochemistry team in Fijnaart.

  • Netherlands, Fijnaart
  • Research & Breeding  | Internship
  • Master  | Bachelor

Your internship at Rijk Zwaan!

We strive for the highest quality seeds and continuously invest in research and development. Every year, 30% of turnover is invested in research and development. All vegetable varieties bred at Rijk Zwaan often end up in the Biochemistry department for research. In parallel, IMS develops methods for the non-destructive assessment of plant quality traits. During your research you will develop sensors and image analysis strategies that will assist plant selection, with the ultimate purpose of extending shelf life and improving visual quality traits. During your internship you will engage in:• Using light sensors to measure quality related plant traits• Developing image analysis methods for predicting plant quality traits• Use AI-based tools to analyze images of the crop 

Where will you be working?

In De Lier, near Delft, lies the head office of Rijk Zwaan. An international family business with a people-oriented corporate culture. Rijk Zwaan is at the beginning of the food chain. We develop vegetable varieties and sell their seeds to growers all over the world. From our position we can and want to contribute to the world's food supply. This is all about growth. The growth of a natural product, which we export worldwide. The growth of our company and especially the growth of our employees.As a new intern at Rijk Zwaan, you will join the Biochemistry team in Fijnaart. Here, you will be coached daily by our staff who work with passion. You will be part of a team of postharvest and imaging specialists working on content and quality analysis of all Rijk Zwaan crops. 

What can you expect from us?

You will be part of a team where a lot of knowledge is shared with each other, and own ideas are definitely valued. Besides being convinced that you will learn a lot at Rijk Zwaan, we offer you:
  • Internship remuneration of 500 euros per month (full-time)
  • Monthly lunch with the group interns
  • Daily fresh soups, salads and/or fruit

Your contribution:

As a Biochemistry and AI intern, you have a keen interest in analysing data. You have a proactive attitude and an eye for detail. It is important that you have knowledge of the basics of Computer Vision. Experience with AI-based Computer Vision is totally good, but not a requirement! You are available to work on research for a minimum of four months. You will be working in a team of International specialists, where a good command of the English language and good communication skills are necessary. Furthermore, we can find the following on your CV:
  • An HBO or WO student majoring in life sciences of biotechnology
  • Possessing project management skills
  • Basic understanding of photography, image analysis and spectrophotometry is essential


Do you want to contribute to the sustainable mission of Rijk Zwaan as a Biochemistry and AI intern? Click on 'Apply' and upload your resume and motivation. You will receive a response within 10 working days.  
  • Phone interview
  • Face to face interview
  • Internship contract!
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