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Data Scientist (m/f/d) for the Development of Quantitative Genetic Applications

Data Scientist (m/f/d) for the Development of Quantitative Genetic Applications

Field of Work:  Data Management

Einbeck, Lower Saxony, DE

Legal Entity:  KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA (0001)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Hybrid Working Within Country
Job ID:  10988

Statistical modelling is your passion, and you want to further research in a leading company? Then start with us as Data Scientist (m/f/d) for tool and product development for classic plant breeding including field data evaluation, quantitative genetic analysis, and farmer recommendation systems within the Biostatistics team of KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA.  The position is in full-time and for an unlimited period at our headquarter in Einbeck. In a well-rehearsed team, the possibility to work remotely is given based on arrangement.


In this role, you can expect to be involved in biostatistical projects focused on software engineering for instance for innovative phenotypic evaluation methods, molecular diversity assessment, genomic prediction, or genome wide association mapping within breeding up until digital product development for farmers like yield prediction. Many projects involve combining phenotypic data, molecular marker data and environmental factors for predictive breeding and making recommendations to farmers.

You will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining and extending the existing tool landscape for analyzing phenotypic and molecular data while considering environmental data for predictive modelling to support breeding and farmer applications.

  • Benchmarking and validating new methods based on simulations and empirical data before productive implementation.

  • Developing and optimizing data analysis tools for use in classic breeding for e.g. phenotypic evaluation and marker-assisted breeding schemes for all crops.

  • Initiating and managing projects to identify and implement cutting-edge statistical methods.

  • Optimizing the performance and efficiency of tools for processing large datasets.

  • Providing statistical support and conducting data science projects in all areas of KWS.

  • Monitoring scientific literature and patent applications.

You bring in your strength:

  • MSc or PhD university degree in statistics, mathematics, quantitative/ population genetics with focus on data analysis and statistics or similar qualification with extensive work experience.

  • Strong background in R or Python programming.

  • Experience in statistical modeling (linear mixed models, multivariate parametric and non-parametric methods).

  • Passion for data analysis and the ability to handle large data sets.

  • Excellent team player and good communication skills.

  • Professional written and verbal communication skills in English.


This would be a plus:

  • C++ or Rust as well as Knowledge related to basic Linux system administration and BASH.

  • Bayesian statistics

  • Good knowledge of the Git version control system and continuous integration / deployment.

  • Interest in biological questions, exposure to plant breeding/ genetics

  • Familiarity with working on a High-Performance Computing Cluster.

  • Additional German language skills


That is our offer to you:

  • In this role you will work together closely with the scientific, IT and product development area within KWS, so you have the chance to combine these worlds and advantages.

  • As a family-run company we are guided by the values of team spirit, proximity and trust, independence, and vision; this culture is lived in practice thus creating an open and friendly working atmosphere.

  • In a well-rehearsed team, the possibility to work remotely is given based on arrangement. Additionally, we offer capital formation benefits, Christmas and holiday bonuses, childcare allowance, and a job bike. 

  • True to our motto Make yourself grow, we support employees’ professional and personal development.

  • Health & Safety are very important for us: our company doctor, company fire brigade / paramedics (with time credit) and company sports create a solid base for this.


What are you waiting for? We look forward to receiving your application (short cover letter, resume, relevant certificates) via our online portal.




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: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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