Assistant Breeder Lettuce
Spain, Murcia – full time
What are you going to do?
Lettuce breeding takes time and effort. As an assistant you will be responsible for this facility and manage the rapid seed to seed cycling. Your duties include; crop care (sowing, transplanting, pollination, harvesting, etc.), crop planning and collaborating with the breeders, but focused on seed production, seed stock management, sowing preparation, among other tasks. Additionally, you will execute and evaluate experiments to optimize and improve the cultivation protocols and the functioning of the greenhouse. You will work in an international team, within different disciplines; breeding, pathology, etc, under the supervision of a senior breeder.
You are an enthusiastic and creative entrepreneur with a long-term vision on breeding with excellent analytical and communication skills. Highly passionate in plant crops and experienced in this topic. Additionally, you are not afraid to make decisions and you function well in an international team.
University degree in plant science or related fields of study
Highly valuated practical work experience in growing and working with plants and assessing trials is preferred
Good organizational skills
Flexible & able to adapt to changes
Fluent in English & Spanish
Who are we?
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 really 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. Our head office in Enkhuizen is our home base, but we have colleagues all over the world. Enza Zaden is an independent family business, where around 2000 employees from more than 40 nationalities closely work together in international teams.
Please apply via the bottom below, if you have any further questions you may contact to Maria Vázquez, HR via recruitment-ES@enzazaden.es.
For more information about our company and the vacancy, visit our website.