Crop Geneticist

Bayer Cropscience
Ghent, Gand (BE)
Bayer employees benefit from good employment conditions, excellent salary package, insurances,...
September 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist

Gent (Zwijnaarde)
Crop Science
Contact us
Phone +32 2 535 66 99

Passion to innovate | Power to change
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health
care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and
improve their quality of life. Ghent (Zwijnaarde and Astene) is home to the Innovation
Centre for plant biotechnology, one of the world’s most important R&D centers in crop
science. All the research and the product developments in Ghent are aimed at
improving agricultural crops such as rape, cotton, rice, soya, sugar beet and wheat.
More than 370 people from 25 different nationalities work here. At Bayer you have the
opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our employees to
innovate and give them the power to change.
Vacancy Crop Geneticist with
expertise in Genomics | Bayer |
Ghent | Fulltime
Within the Bayer CropScience Innovation Centre located in Ghent, Belgium, the Applied
Genetics group is seeking a highly talented individual to expand our Discovery programs.
Working at the forefront of technological developments, the Applied Genetics team performs
gene discovery and cloning in crops and provides solutions to accelerate and optimize these
processes by using cutting edge genetics and genomics approaches. As part of this dynamic
group, you will be exposed to exciting research challenges with ample opportunity to foster
your career growth and personal development through interactions with other interdisciplinary
scientists (e.g. Statistical Geneticists, Quantitative Geneticists, Breeders and
Main tasks and responsibilities
• Proactively drive and manage gene-discovery and technology development activities, with a
primary focus on wheat
• Generate creative new concepts and strategies for efficient gene/genetic element discovery
• Ensure timely communication of status, progress and results to stakeholders within Bayer
Research, as well as to external audiences.
• Help drive cooperation across different Research groups and collaborators.
The successful candidate should possess broad, up-to-date technical skills across the core
Contact us
Phone +32 2 535 66 99

Passion to innovate | Power to change
domains of Next Generation crop Genetics and Genomics. You will collaborate with various
R&D teams to develop and execute strategies to support their research and discovery efforts
and will be part of a multidisciplinary team that includes geneticists, molecular biologists, data
scientists and bioinformaticians.
Essential Qualifications
• PhD, preferably in the area of Quantitative or Statistical crop Genetics with a minimum of 4
years relevant experience (or MSc and equivalent by experience).
• Experience with fine-mapping, QTL-cloning, exploitation of novel genetic variation
• The implementation of NGS-based workflows and analyses
• Familiar with R, Python, and/or Python scripting
• Experience in the effective management and analysis of large data-sets
• Highly-motivated, with an innovative, results-driven and open-minded attitude towards newly
emerging solutions.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a cross-functional team environment and to adapt to the
atmosphere of a dynamic global research organization.
• Excellent communication, presentation and networking skills with full professional
proficiency in English.
• Experience in wheat is considered a plus
What Bayer offers you
At Bayer you have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our
employees to innovate and give them the power to change. Bayer employees benefit from
good employment conditions, such as:
• Excellent salary including vacation allowance
• Performance bonus and year end premium
• 34 days off
• Group insurance which contains a defined contribution pension plan, life insurance and
disability plan and hospitalization insurance
• An inspiring working environment with professional and committed colleagues
• A successful innovative organization
• International career possibilities
• Challenges and possibilities to learn and to develop
Interested in this job?
Send us your cv and motivation letter by clicking the ‘Apply’ button! If you have any questions
about the position, you can contact Michael Van Campenhout
( via +32 2 535 63 96 or Katrien Mertens
( via +32 495 54 10 19.
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