Murcia, Spain (Fulltime)

Lettuce Breeder (Spain)


We are looking for an enthusiastic and analytical Lettuce Breeder that will join the lettuce breeding team in Murcia, Spain. The ideal candidate has experience in plant breeding with a solid experimental and data analysis and is eager to contribute to the development of new lettuce varieties an join a multidisciplinary lettuce team.

What are you going to do?

As a lettuce Breeder, you will contribute for the development of new lettuce varieties. You will analyses breeding and screening data, linking market needs to breeding goals. Furthermore, you will be involved in the introduction of new varieties in the market. To achieve your goals, you will work together in international and multidisciplinary teams. You are on top of the latest market developments and able to translate these to your breeding program. In this process, you are able to connect with internal and external parties.

Your power

You are an enthusiastic and creative entrepreneur with a long-term vision on breeding with excellent analytical and communication skills. Autonomy, flexibility and persuasiveness are key capabilities to succeed in this role. You are able to work in a cross-functional network.

Furthermore, you are familiar with novel molecular breeding technologies and you are able to implement these in your breeding program. Additionally, you are not afraid to make decisions and you function well in an international team

In short, you:

  • BSc or MSC level in plant breeding or related science;
  • good understanding of plant breeding, quantitative genetics and experimental designs;
  • have relevant working experience in breeding program(s);
  • good oral and written communication;
  • are fluent in English and Spanish.

Our power 

Enza Zaden is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties. We produce and sell the seeds of these varieties all over the world. Both for conventional and organic growers.

Our goal is to grant people access to healthy vegetables. Anywhere in the world. Every day, more than 460 million people worldwide eat our vegetables. So, we are getting there ... but there is still enough work to be done! Of course, we look further than present needs. In 2050, when there will be about 10 billion inhabitants on our planet, we also want to make sure that people have access to healthy vegetables.

To achieve this, our vegetable breeders work with the best that nature offers. Supported by state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. And that is necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes at least 6 years. We focus on higher yield, resistance to diseases and pests and climate extremes such as heat and drought. And on taste, shelf life and nutrients. The results? Strong, healthy tasty and climate-proof vegetable varieties with higher yield per square meter and less need of crop protection products or fertilizer. In short, sustainability is truly in our DNA..


Please send your application and CV, along with a cover letter, to María Vázquez (HR) via

For more information about our company and the vacancy, visit our website.