Junior Biotech Breeder Cucumber


Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

Junior Biotech Breeder Cucumber


Are you the link between breeders and researchers?

To reinforce the validation and implementation of strategic traits in the Cucumber Breeding department we are looking for a Junior Biotech Breeder Cucumber.

What are you going to do as a Junior Biotech Breeder Cucumber?

You analyse different types of data (phenotypic and genotypic) to develop markers for strategic traits in cucumber. You support the Cucumber Breeding team with marker-assisted backcross projects of strategic traits. You are responsible for the development of pre-breeding material that provides our cucumber breeders with high-quality breeding material. You play a central role in the process: from the molecular data generated in the lab via the phenotyping in the field or greenhouse to the (complex) data analysis and back. Thanks to your excellent planning and communication skills, you generate quality data and connect to the research team and breeders.

You are part of the Cucumber Breeding department, consisting of experienced breeders, assistants and technicians. The common goal is an innovative and high-quality range of cucumber varieties for our customers.

You will work closely together with colleagues of other departments, ranging from biotech breeders of different crops to molecular researchers, phytopathologists and data scientists.

You report to the Senior Biotech Breeder Cucumber.

Your power

You are passionate about genetics. In your work as a Junior Biotech Breeder you can work independently and accurate in order to translate scientific information into applications for a business environment. Your natural curiosity drives you to investigate and come to conclusions followed by practical and timely advice. You come up with creative solutions fitting the situational needs. Your attitude is analytic and proactive.

Your flexible mindset allows you to switch between activities and reprioritise when needed. Thanks to your excellent communication skills, you connect easily with people on multiple levels and take a position based on relevant arguments for improvements in the process chain. You have experience with project management involving different parties.

Travelling abroad (2-3 times a year) will be part of the job.

In short, you:

  • have an MSc degree (for example in Plant Science or Biotechnology);
  • have good communication skills in English, proficiency in Dutch is a pre;
  • have experience in the field of genetics/plant breeding and biotechnology, especially in molecular biology and markers.

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. In order to explain this properly (and as briefly as possible) we have made an animation.

For more than 80 years we are working with the best that nature offers. We support this with state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. That is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes up 6 to 10 years.

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.

Our strength? More than 2000 passionate colleagues worldwide working together on the vegetables of tomorrow. Therefore, we continuously invest in knowledge and skills with our Enza Academy and under the flag of enzActive we organise various sports activities to stay healthy.


Please, send your application to our HR department, via the button below.

More information:

  • Annemarie Weening, Recruiter, +31 228 784 627

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated