Pepper Breeder, Turkey

We are looking for innovative and passionate Breeders to develop competitive crop varieties together with our growing team

Breeder position at Rijk Zwaan

You are part of a specific crop team which works on developing new varieties for several international markets. You will be working on developing and selecting parental lines, creating and testing trial hybrids with the aim of delivering competitive varieties to the markets. Frequent visits to the markets will lead to increased market knowledge for further alignment, improvement and innovation of the breeding programme. 

You also work closely with research departments, such as phytopathology and molecular biology. Other departments you collaborate intensively with are crop maintenance, production, product development and commerce.

What we are looking for?

You are eager to have a long-term career in plant breeding profession and depending on your experience and education, being able to grow into running your on breeding programme in due time. You work with good planning, organisation, analytical and problem-solving skills. You are enthusiastic and have the ability to work independently in your own field but also enjoy working and sharing as part of a team. You have good communication skills with internal and external parties and make decisions in good consultation. You have an innovative mindset to create new ideas for continous improvement.

Plus we look for the following in your CV:

·        an Agricultural, Biology or relevant university degree, with a good understanding of plant breeding and genetics, preferably done a MSc or PhD

·        experience in plant breeding is an advantage

·        advanced level of English and preferably also the Turkish language

·        willingness to travel


Please send your CV in English to hr@rijkzwaan.com.tr along with a motivation letter that shows your interest in plant breeding position in your own words. Your application will be considered carefully, which may take some time. You will hear from us as soon as possible. Moreover, if you'd like to have more information about technical aspects of the position you can also contact our Breeding Director, Wybe van der Schaar from +90 242 7103100.

Rijk Zwaan: your new employer?

Rijk Zwaan Turkey is located in Yukarıkocayatak Region of Antalya. Currently we are employing 105 people. Rijk Zwaan is an international family company with a people-oriented culture. Rijk Zwaan is right at the start of the food chain. We develop vegetable varieties and sell the seeds produced from them globally. We have a long-term focus, which is why we offer our employees a permanent contract as soon as they join us. From our strategic position we contribute to the health and well-being of people all over the world. Everything we do is about growth. The growth of natural products that we export around the world. The growth of our company, which currently employs over 3,000 people in more than 30 countries. And above all the growth of our people: we give you every opportunity to use your own initiative and achieve your full potential. Working with colleagues to produce the best and tastiest vegetables. Reinforcing, helping and inspiring one another. That’s how we want to continuously work together towards a healthy future.


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