Research Scientist (m/f/d) Complex Traits and Digital Phenotyping Maize

Research Scientist (m/f/d) Complex Traits and Digital Phenotyping Maize

Field of Work:  Breeding

Einbeck, Lower Saxony, DE

Legal Entity:  KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA (0001)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Onsite
Job ID:  14016

Become part of our motivated team in Einbeck and embark on an exciting journey as a Research Scientist (m/f/d) in Breeding Technologies in Maize! In this full-time position with a permanent employment contract, based in Einbeck (Lower Saxony, Germany), you have the opportunity to have a significant impact on the development and application of innovative methods to enhance abiotic stress resistance in maize hybrids. 


Your responsibilities: 

  • Develop, evaluate, and implement digital phenotyping and envirotyping methods to improve complex traits in maize and to optimize breeding strategies. 

  • Collaborate with various teams of scientists and technicians working with international breeders, biostatisticians, molecular geneticists, and station managers 

  • Plan, conduct, analyze, and evaluate maize field trials in Europe and the USA 

  • Actively participate in research and technology development projects to enhance maize breeding techniques 


Your profile: 


  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in plant breeding, digital phenotyping, or a related field 

  • Strong knowledge in plant breeding methodology, quantitative genetics, and field trial analytics 

  • Proficiency in statistical analysis software, preferably R, for data analysis and interpretation 

  • Experience in conducting field trials in plant breeding, proven expertise in trial planning, data collection, and analysis 

  • Familiarity with one or more of the following areas: phenomics, environmental characterization, plant physiology, agronomy, would be advantageous 

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team and collaborate with colleagues and stakeholders from different teams 

  • High degree of initiative, independence, reliability, and flexibility in simultaneously handling multiple tasks and projects 

  • Fluent in English; knowledge of German is advantageous 

  • Willingness to travel (up to 25% of the time) for field trials and collaboration meetings 


If you are passionately interested in advancing maize breeding techniques, possess a solid scientific foundation, and thrive in a collaborative research environment, we encourage you to upload your online application!


About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.8 billion in the fiscal year 2022/2023. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests, and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €300 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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