Junior Discovery Breeder

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The primary responsibility of this role is to enhance and support the Oilseeds Discovery Breeding activities by providing planning, execution & management of native trait discovery and germplasm enhancement projects.  The Junior Discovery Breeder will ensure the project milestones to enhance success rate in delivering new native traits to InVigor hybrid pipelines to marketplaces.


  • Manage discovery breeding experiments and activities including plan, design, execute, take notes, collect, analyze data & report results. Accurately maintain breeding database records and seed storage inventories.
  • Coordinate lab logistics to ensure high quality sample and meet the timeline of lab need.
  • Enhance breeding efficiency by leveraging genomic insights, data science, analytics and deploying rapid and prescriptive recombination schemes in rapeseed.
  • Develop and trouble-shoot strategies and research to gain efficiencies in developing new discovery populations.
  • Establish a wide germplasm pool, including evaluation, maintenance and improvement.
  • Contribute to design and assess & implement new breeding methodologies, tools and technologies in pilot projects.
  • As necessary, supervise and train both full-time and temporary staff, and facilitate team interaction.
  • Ensure compliance within Quality Management Systems and BASF Environmental Safety and Health (ESH) programs.
  • Monitor expenditures and future resource needs, as well as aid in the supervision of capital projects associated with discovery breeding activities.
  • Interact with other BASF Oilseeds breeding and research teams to further research efforts.
  • Closely interact with other oilseeds discovery breeding & breeding team members.
  • High collaboration with other Seed and Trait R&D functions.
  • Limited travel, both domestically and internationally.


  • PhD in Plant (Molecular) Breeding or related scientific field (i.e. Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.), or M.S. in Plant Breeding, bio-engineering or related field with 3+ years plant breeding/research experience.
  • Knowledge of molecular breeding processes, techniques and methods MAS, MABC, GS ect.
  • Excellent time-management skills, especially in setting and meeting project timelines, organizational and analytical skills.
  • You have effective communication skills, both verbally and written in Dutch and English.
  • You are a team player. You are positive, enthusiastic, flexible, pragmatic and you have a getting-things-done mentality.
  • You are an innovative thinker in process & efficiency improvement
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, Visio, PowerPoint.
  • Experience in analysis of large biological data sets, quantitative genetics, statistical genetics, genetic mapping, diversity analysis, quantitative genetics, genome wide selection and visualizations outputs, as well as coding experience in R and/or Python,
  • Experience in native trait and canola breeding or other Brassica crops or experience in pest resistance would be an asset.


  • Responsibility from day one in a challenging but dynamic work environment and “on-the-job” training as part of a committed team.
  • Competitive compensation including attractive benefits.
  • Development discussions and programs so that you can reach your full potential.
  • A dynamic team with enthusiastic colleagues.
  • Onboarding to help you settle in quickly, ensuring you are part of the BASF team from day one.
  • A good work-life balance with possibility of remote working according to the company policy.

Come join us in bringing the lab to the field

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division

Everything we do, we do for the love of farming. Farming is fundamental to provide enough healthy and affordable food for a rapidly growing population, while reducing environmental impacts. That’s why we are working with partners and experts to integrate sustainability criteria into all business decisions. We invest in a strong R&D pipeline, combining innovative thinking with practical action in the field. Our solutions are purpose-designed for different crop systems. Connecting seeds and traits, crop protection products, digital tools and sustainability approaches, to help deliver the best possible outcomes for farmers, growers and our other stakeholders along the value chain. With teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we do everything in our power to build a sustainable future for agriculture. In 2023, our division generated sales of €10.1 billion.

For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or our social media channels. 

Application process

1. Application

You found the job you like on our website. Time to hit that ‘apply’-button and let us know who you are through the application form.

2. First encounter

We are intrigued by your application and call you immediately. At this point you can expect questions like: What motivates you? And what are your skills?

3. Interview

The call went great! So here you are, ready for your interview with HR and a hiring manager. We want to know more of your story and of course, you can ask about our story as well.

4. Contract

Welcome to our team. When can you start? So we can everything ready for your first day. You know, computer, paperwork, cake, balloons …

5. Onboarding

We welcome you with open arms and get you up and running. Including our eye-opening bootscamp, from the lab to the field.