Vacancy Researcher Quantitative Genetics

  • Netherlands, Fijnaart
  • Research & Breeding
  • PhD  | Master

Are you fascinated by the genetic inheritance of (plant) traits, do you enjoy analyzing data, and do you have an interest in programming algorithms and scripts? Then apply for this vacancy for Researcher Quantitative Genetics in Fijnaart (the Netherlands)

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 mapping studies on data provided to you and to report these 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 Mendelian or complex traits, for example by making use of Genomic Selection. Together with colleagues from other data-driven departments, you will be involved in creating 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. You have a keen interest in plant breeding, genetics and trait inheritance. You like to work in an interdisciplinary environment and your communication skills enable you to easily interact with the many different people and groups within and outside the company.

In addition we can find the following on your CV


  • a university background in plant breeding, molecular biology, or statistics
  • experience in quantitative genetics research, preferably during a PhD study
  • experience with coding in R, experience with R-Shiny would be an advantage
  • proficiency in English; this is essential in view of the international nature of the department.

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 to growers and other chain partners. From our strategic position we contribute to the world food supply. Everything we do is about healthy growth. The growth of our business; worldwide availability of vegetable seeds for the growth of healthy products. The growth of our company and above all the growth of our people: we give you every opportunity to use your own initiative and achieve your full potential.

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 other R&D departments. In addition, we are 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
  • Good work-life balance

Do you recognize yourself and would you like to start as soon as possible? Click on 'Apply now' to apply directly. You can address your application to Jeanet van Someren (Advisor Human Resources)
As your application will be reviewed carefully by several colleagues, you will hear from us within two weeks. An assessment will be part of the procedure.

Your application process

Phone interview

Two face to face interviews

Terms of employment interview


A permanent contract from the start!

I’d like to receive your application

Jeanet van Someren

Advisor Human Resources

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