Senior Researcher Post Harvest & Consumer Sciences


Enkhuizen, Nederland (Fulltime)

Senior Researcher Post Harvest & Consumer Sciences

Post harvest research with a commercial outlook

What are you going to do?

As a Senior Researcher Post Harvest & Consumer Sciences you will lead a global team and perform research in post-harvest and consumer sciences in vegetable breeding. You will  apply  insights towards our ambition to address the global challenge to deliver delicious, nutritious, convenient and high-quality vegetables and to make the food supply chain more sustainable and climate neutral. 

To reach this, you will provide leadership in building the future strategy and multi-disciplinary team and partnerships with our external research partners, customers, and consumers. You manage the team in research and application activities and also perform research activities independently. You will bridge between breeders, marketing & sales and other biotechnology departments.  You will be oriented to local and international markets and work with all crops of Enza Zaden. The Senior Researcher reports to the Global Biotechnology Director. 

Your power

You are a team player and know how to translate research into value across the vegetable chain. The strong communications, network and management skills you bring help you to build solid relations between all colleagues, in research, breeding and marketing & sales. You are applied research minded with a commercial eye and know how to develop and apply sciences that connect with the market and consumer. 

You are a dynamic person who takes initiative, recognizes opportunities and has a creative, analytical and systematic method of working. You are a good listener and you come up with creative solutions fitting the situational needs. You have experience with project management involving different parties and working with international teams

In short, you:
  • have a PhD degree or a Master degree with preferably 2-5 years working experience in post-harvest and consumer science;
  • have experience in a commercial environment;
  • have strong and proven leadership, development and coaching skills;
  • have a strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit;
  • have strong project management experience;
  • are fluent in English (Dutch language skills are a plus).

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.
Our head office in Enkhuizen is our home base, but we have colleagues throughout the world. Enza Zaden is an independent family company in which some 2,000 employees from over 40 nationalities spread across 6 continents work together closely in international teams.


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

More information:
Annemarie Weening, Recruiter, +31 62970 6834

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated