Vacancy Specialist Molecular Breeding

  • Países Bajos, De Lier
  • Investigación y mejora
  • Master  | Grado/Licenciatura

Are you skilled in planning and organizing? Do you know about genetics? Are you passionate about breeding? Then you are the Specialist Molecular Breeding that we need for our Cucumber Breeding Department in De Lier!

How does your job as Specialist Molecular Breeding at Rijk Zwaan looks like?

The Specialist Molecular Breeding in the Cucumber Breeding Department is an essential role in breeding cucumbers. In this job you focus on marker assisted breeding whereby you are responsible for using molecular markers and breeding software in such a way that you reach your goal (a parent line with a new trait) as efficient as possible. In this process you collaborate intensively with your practical assistant, various cucumber breeders both nationally as internationally, the prebreeding team, the coordinator planning and logistics, specialists molecular breeding of other crop breeding departments and software developers. Also you will be working hands-on in the greenhouse with complex marker assisted backcross projects. More specifically, you will be working on amongst other things:

  • The implementation, optimization and maintenance of breeding software
  • The design and execution of marker assisted backcross breeding programs including the involved administrative steps

Your contribution:

You are a team player, strong in communication with a proactive mindset and a practical approach. You work well structured, you enjoy streamlining processes and you like to take the initiative in this respect.  In addition, we can find the following on your resume:

  • At least a completed HBO (Bachelor)level education, preferably in the field of breeding, molecular biology or (plant) genetics
  • Affinity with software applications
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Mastering the Dutch language is a pré

What can you expect from us?

As Specialist Molecular Breeding you will be part of the Cucumber Breeding Department. The department consists of a motivated team of more than 45 colleagues (more than 60 worldwide) working on a daily basis in our breeding programs with the goal to develop the best cucumber cultivars. Besides a growing, international work environment, we like to offer you:

  • A permanent contract from the start of 38 hours a week
  • An elaborated onboarding program (Sharing Rijk Zwaan)
  • Various training opportunities through our Rijk Zwaan Academy
  • A good work-life balance

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?

In De Lier, nearby Delft, you can find the headquarters 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.


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 Elsa van der Meer.
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.

Su proceso de solicitud

Phone interview

Two face to face interviews

Terms of employment interview


A permanent contract from the start!

Me gustaría recibir tu solicitud

Elsa van der Meer

Advisor Human Resources

Coördinator Planning en Logistiek

  • Países Bajos, Fijnaart
  • Investigación y mejora
  • Horticultura
  • Master
  • Grado/Licenciatura

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  • Países Bajos, De Lier
  • Investigación y mejora
  • Grado/Licenciatura

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  • Países Bajos, De Lier
  • Gestión
  • Investigación y mejora
  • PhD/Doctor
  • Master

Research at Rijk Zwaan – where groundbreaking ideas matter

In order to guarantee the continuity of our products and to offer our customers better and more sustainable varieties, we are continuously researching in different areas to expand our knowledge. Watch this video to find out how.

La innovación tecnológica acelera el cultivo

La mejora vegetal es la búsqueda continua de la variedad ideal. Con la ayuda de las nuevas tecnologías, podemos acelerar el proceso. El fenotipado digital es un ejemplo de ello; lo aplicamos en nuestros programas de cultivo de melones.