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Assistant breeder (m/f/d) in hybrid winter barley breeding

Assistant breeder (m/f/d) in hybrid winter barley breeding

Field of Work:  Breeding

Wetze/Northeim, Lower Saxony, DE

ID:  8192

We are seeking at the earliest opportunity possible an Assistant Breeder (f/m/d) for a seed multiplication and support function in the winter barley hybrid breeding team. This position will be based in the cereals breeding team of KWS-Lochow GmbH in Wetze, Germany and will be on a permanent and full-time basis.


Your tasks:

  • Planning and performing seed multiplication programs and variety maintenance trials to develop pre-basic/basic and certified seed
  • Coordination and organization of seed productions, production certifications and management of quality assurance activities (grow-outs and molecular marker tests)
  • Communication and collaboration in an international team of researchers, breeders and exchange with sales department 
  • Planning of staff allocation, instruction and guidance during crop development, harvest and handling of seed
  • Practical breeding work including scoring and selection in seed multiplications as well as planting, maintenance and rogueing, harvesting, seed cleaning and seed preparation
  • Analysis and interpretation of phenotypic and genotypic data in the context of the given germplasm


Your profile:

  • M.Sc. university degree in Natural Sciences/Plant Breeding/Genetics/Agronomy
  • Skills and competence in cereal agronomy, crop traits and morphology
  • Ideally a few years practical experience in cereal seed multiplication
  • Good knowledge and experience in applied plant and cereal breeding, quantitative genetics and use of molecular marker information
  • Good computer skills and experience using databases and managing large amounts of data
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills in English are an asset, German and/ or French are preferred 
  • Exceptional attention to details while working with data
  • Independent working style, proactivity and excellent organisational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills to successfully work in a multicultural and multi-location environment 
  • Willingness to grow with the development of the hybrid program with potential to take leadership
  • Driving license class B
  • Willingness to travel in Europe for approx. 25% of work, particularly during season peak time 
  • Readiness to work overtime and occasionally on weekends


Start your future with us! What we offer to help you grow:

  • As an Assistant breeder (m/f/d) you will have the chance to take on responsibility and break new ground within hybrid barley breeding by contributing with your own ideas
  • Our breeding station is located in the countryside near our headquarters in southern Lower Saxony, but still offers a good connection to Göttingen / Hannover
  • According to the motto: "Make yourself grow!" we promote individual professional and personal development
  • We create the appropriate framework conditions for you: flexible working hours, capital-forming benefits, company pension plan, Christmas and vacation bonus, preferential shares, childcare allowance, job bike


Did we spark your interest? Then apply now via our online portal and send us the necessary documents (cover letter, CV, relevant certificates). We look forward to getting to know you!

About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. With the tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, potato, rapeseed, sunflowers and vegetables. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods. Around 6.000 employees represent KWS in more than 70 countries. For more information: www.kws.com/career. Follow us on LinkedIn® at https://linkedin.com/company/kwsgroup/.

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