WageningenUR – Scientist Crop Bioinformatics

We are looking for
As scientist Crop Bioinformatics, you will contribute to mine existing whole genome resequencing collections, develop novel de novo genome assemblies and understand concept of pangenomics in crops such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chrysanthemum, kale, kohlrabi, potato, and/or onion, especially focusing on members of the Brassica family in close collaboration with researches and scientists from the crop research teams. Outcomes of the research will be used to understand the evolution /domestication of crops and understand (suppression of) recombination / genome ploidy and contribute to feeding the world in the (near) future. Hypothesis generated by the computational exploration will be validated by producing experimental populations. You will work in a team of five bioinformatics professionals, which is part of Plant Breeding’s Crop Bioinformatics and Big Data analytics group.

We ask
We are looking for an ambitious and creative scientist with minimally a MSc degree with several years of working experience in crop bioinformatics or a PhD. You are an enthusiastic team-player with good communication skills in English and a “can do” attitude. You have a strong background in whole-(pan) genome analysis and third generation genomic technologies. Your personal traits include advanced programming skills (preferably in python). You are willing to pioneer in this developing research field.

We are
Plant Breeding is a merger of the Laboratory of Plant Breeding of Wageningen University and the Business Unit Biodiversity and Breeding of Stichting Wageningen Research with 90 employees and about 90 students and guest scientists. The group conducts fundamental, strategic and applied research on breeding and genetics of various plant and mushroom species and is involved in academic education (BSc, MSc, PhD) in Plant Sciences. Research in Plant Breeding concentrates on the genetic and genomic basis of relevant traits in various crops, including durable disease resistance.

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

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