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Head of ‘Plant Breeding’ Strategic Research Division

Head of ‘Plant Breeding’ Strategic Research Division

Agroscope, Switzerland



Plant breeding is a key factor for competitive, high-quality agricultural production. Site-adapted, disease-resistant, productive varieties form the basis for the resource-efficient and sustainable production of plant products. Together with national and international partners, the research division engages in wheat, soybean, apple and forage-plant breeding programmes. The development and integration of the latest breeding technologies supports the success and efficiency of the breeding programmes. The division consists of 40 to 50 staff members.


Strategic, organisational, financial, human-resource and technical/scientific management of the research division - Continued strategic development of the breeding programmes for wheat, soybean, apples, forage grasses and forage legumes - Coordination of breeding work with internal and external partners; coordination of work with our variety-marketing partners - Ensuring contact with the relevant sector organisations - Developing new methods, technologies and strategies for breeding productive, disease-resistant, high-quality new plant varieties - Continuing development of strategic partnerships with universities and universities of applied sciences, especially with the ETH Zurich’s Chair in Molecular Plant Breeding - Strategic management of research into the benefits and risks of new breeding methods, including the field trials on the Protected Site - As a Member of the Agroscope Executive Board, you will be jointly responsible for refining and implementing site strategy and Agroscope’s research portfolio


University degree with a PhD and a proven scientific track-record in plant breeding and breeding research - Achievement- and solution-oriented, well-networked personality with assertiveness skills and several years of leadership experience - Efficient, independent approach to work, with a high level of resilience and willingness to travel - Far-sighted, credibly committed, knows how to motivate and support staff - Implements the decisions of the organisation with integrity and loyalty, and behaves in accordance with the values of the organisation - Good knowledge of two official (Swiss) languages and English (working languages are German and French)

Information on the Employer

Agroscope is an innovative research institute for agricultural and nutritional sciences run according to the principles of New Public Management. Part of the Swiss Federal Administration, Agroscope reports to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER. Agroscope is headquartered in Bern-Liebefeld and carries out its activities at a number of sites in Switzerland. If you share our enthusiasm for plant breeding and meet the desired requirements, we are looking for you. We offer a varied job in an interesting work environment, as well as thorough training. You will enjoy flexible working hours and good social benefits.

Start date: 1 November 2018 or as agreed.
Place of Work 8046 Zurich-Affoltern
Salary Category 29
Employment Level 80–100%


If you are interested in this challenge and meet the requirements profile, we look forward to receiving your online application to (Ref. Nr. 34126). Please note that we cannot consider applications from recruitment agencies. Have we piqued you interest? Would you like to learn more about this job? Dr. Eva Reinhard, Head of Agroscope, Tel. +41 (0)58 462 25 03 ( will be happy to provide you with further information.

Agroscope, CH
Until filled

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