Researcher Seed Pathology, NL

What are you going to do as a Researcher Seed Pathology?

The Seed Pathology department is specialised in research on seed-borne pathogens threatening seed health. As a Researcher Seed Pathology you are an expert on seed-borne pathogen testing and epidemiology. You will diagnose quickly in the field and lab on plants and seeds. You perform research and translate your findings to suitable solutions and advice for a healthy seed production. In this process you seek constant alignment with colleagues, thus making sure your solutions will be easily applicable. Furthermore, you will advise seed production specialists on seed health issues and provide them with relevant knowledge and management tools. You will report to the Senior Researcher Seed Pathology. 

Your power

You are passionate about plants, (seed-borne) pathogens and their interaction. You have a phytopathology or biology background combined with knowledge on seed-borne pathogens. Your natural curiosity drives you to investigate. Based on this diagnosis you come up with creative solutions fitting the situational needs. For you, a research project does not end with presenting results: you make sure your findings and solutions are embedded in clear protocols and implemented. 

In short you:

·       have a Master in Plant or Life Sciences;

·       have 3-5 years of relevant experience in plant or seed pathology;

·       strong analytical and problem-solving skills; 

·       you are familiar with the situation in a greenhouse or a field;

·       you stay on top of the latest developments and you are able to share your expertise in multidisciplinary teams and on different levels.

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. More information:

·       Martine Rook, Recruiter, tel. +31 288 784 638.


Click here to apply for this job online.


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