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Head of “Field-Crop Breeding and Genetic Resources” Research Group

Head of “Field-Crop Breeding and Genetic Resources” Research Group

Agroscope, Switzerland

Introduction

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, this research group engages in competitive wheat and soybean breeding programmes, and is responsible for the preservation, description and utilisation of genetic resources. The latest breeding technologies are continuously incorporated into the breeding programmes. With your experience, technical and management skills and creativity, you can help shape the future success of this research group, which consists of 15 to 20 staff members.

Tasks

- Technical, organisational, financial and human-resource management of the ‘Field-Crop Breeding and Genetic Resources’ Research Group - Responsible for the continued strategic development of R&D in the plant-breeding sector, including consideration of the latest breeding methods and their incorporation in the breeding process - Arranging cooperation with external plant-breeding partners and variety marketing - Ensuring networking with practice, public authorities and research institutions at home and abroad - Publication of research findings in national and international specialist journals; knowledge transfer to practitioners and the public - Acquisition of third party resources from national and international research funds and private donors

Requirements

- University degree with a PhD and a proven scientific track-record in the research fields of the group (breeding and genetic resources, MAS, pathology, quality) - Experience in heading national and/or international research projects - Good leadership and communication skills - National and international network in the research field - Knowledge of the requirements and underlying conditions of the Swiss agricultural sector an advantage - Very good knowledge of an official (Swiss) language (the working language is French) and English, good knowledge of a second official language

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. Located at the Changins site (Nyon VD), the “Field-Crop Breeding and Genetic Resources” Research Group breeds improved wheat and soybean varieties, and is responsible for the National Gene Bank. The research group relies on broad internal experience, international cooperation, and support from modern variety-breeding methods to fulfil its remit. 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 September 2018 or as agreed.

Place of Work 1260 Nyon (VD)
Salary Category 26
Employment Level 80–100%

Contact

If you are interested in this challenge and meet the requirements profile, we look forward to receiving your online application (www.stelle.admin.ch). Please note that we cannot consider applications from recruitment agencies. Have we piqued you interest? Would you like to learn more about this job? Michael Winzeler, Head of the “Plant Breeding” Strategic Research Division (SRD), +41 (0)58 468 73 75, and Arnold Schori, Head of the Research Group, +41 (0)58 460 47 23, will be happy to provide you with further information.

Location: 
Agroscope, CH
Deadline: 
Until filled

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