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Agronomy Researcher

Solynta | hbo wo | Wageningen, The Netherlands
Geplaatst: 25/11/2020

Solynta is a young technology company that develops and implements hybrid breeding technology in diploid potatoes. This technology will accelerate the development of innovative potato varieties, with true seed as starting material ( We have a position open for a:

Agronomy Researcher
(MSc/PhD; Full time)

You are the specialist in the field of (potato) agronomy, you have extensive knowledge and experience in designing and performing successful field trials. You have knowledge of relevant disciplines such as plant physiology, statistics and cropping systems analysis. Analysis of extensive data-sets are your core competences. You are a good and professional communicator.

You also enjoy bridging the gap between performing research and translating results to practical applications. You function as a go-to information source to support technical product management, both in-house as well as in relation to external partners. You know how to work in projects and are able to manage different topics simultaneously. You support colleague specialists in their development. You are an innovative researcher who likes to be challenged, and have an open mind to collaborate successfully with researchers from other disciplines.

Key activities/responsibilities

  • You supervise trial design and analysis
  • You will develop field trial analysis tools
  • Report results and present conclusions
  • Run Agronomy research program by translating crop management problems into solid research projects
  • Communicate results and conclusions to Breeding and Product Management teams
  • Take initiatives to use data collected across cropping systems for integrated analysis
  • Stay up to date with new developments in potato agronomy
  • Develop improve and implement new efficient data collection methods


  • Innovative mindset
  • Phd or Msc. + relevant research experience in Agronomy/Applied biology/Plant breeding
  • 5-10 years of experience in Agronomy research
  • Knowledge of crop management and cropping systems
  • Extensive statistical knowledge preferably in analysis of genotype x environment interactions
  • Communicate across functions and teams, in- and externally
  • Ability to support and supervise

Desirable qualifications

  • Experience in working with potato
  • Programming skills (R, Python)
  • Experience with Remote sensing or drone-based phenotyping

We offer

  • A one-year employment contract with the prospect of permanent employment
  • A competitive salary depending on work experience and education
  • The opportunity to become part of an enthusiastic group of people working on one of the world's most promising innovations for improving food supply!

Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

If you are motivated to strengthen the potato hybrid breeding program at Solynta, we would like to invite you to send a motivation letter and CV to If you have any questions about the vacancy, please contact Michiel de Vries (Research Lead), tel. 06 12896225. This vacancy has no fixed end date.

Mention within your application "AgriHolland Vacaturebank number AH38387".

Any commercial activities concerning this advertisement will not be appreciated.