Junior Breeder Onion


Enkhuizen, The Netherlands (Fulltime)

Junior Breeder Onion


Developing new onion varieties

What are you going to do as a Junior Breeder Onion

As Junior Breeder Onion you will contribute to the development of new onion varieties. The position will be a combination of practical breeding work and participating in breeding projects throughout Europe.

You are responsible for different field trials, located on various locations in the Netherlands (sowing, data collection, harvesting and bulb selection). You are part of the European onion breeding team (main location in Italy), so travelling will be part of your job. In addition you will cooperate with colleagues of other departments (biotech, seed operations, marketing & sales), and extern with growers and onion packers. You report to the Crop Breeding Manager Onion.

Your power

When you see a group of plants your analytical skills are triggered making you notice every detail and assessing their relevance. You are eager to learn and to develop yourself to become an all-round breeder. Modern methods of plant breeding are your main professional interest. Because your direct team members are based in Italy, you can work independently, but you can also cooperate within a team. Furthermore you are an enthusiastic entrepreneur who sees new possibilities and comes with creative ideas.

In short, you:

  • have a Bachelor degree with 3-5 years relevant work experience or a Master degree (Plant Breeding);
  • have excellent analytical skills;
  • are aware of the (team) results to be achieved and contribute to the achievement;
  • are an independent worker and act on own initiative;
  • have good communication skills in English language (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.

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, 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