Monday, January 16, 2012

Vacancies at Limagrain

Senior Wheat Breeder

Location: Paris, France
Limagrain Europe is an international agricultural co-operative group specialized in field seeds, vegetable seeds and cereal products. Founded and managed by French farmers, the Group is the largest European seed company and fourth largest seed company in the world. Its Fields Seeds Division operates from over 30 centres, covering 8 crop species. The aim of our research is to breed new varieties and the application of innovative biotechnology. The group is the largest supplier of wheat varieties in France.

Limagrain is seeking a highly qualified Plant Breeder for Wheat, based at Verneuil l’├ętang, Paris, France. The position requires who understands recent advances in modern genetics and with the skill to apply these in plant breeding. Reporting to the Senior Wheat Breeder in Western Europe, the successful candidate will be responsible for the management of a competitive program aimed principally at developing varieties for the French market.

The core responsibilities of the role are to:

* implement the breeding strategy and manage the selection program
* manage a large team and substantial research resources
* propose and manage the program budget
* contribute strongly to the development of innovative plant breeding tools
* register competitive varieties and support their commercial development.

The preferred candidate profile includes:

* MSc or PhD in a plant science, agronomy, or a similar discipline
* previous experience and success in a managerial capacity
* strong knowledge of genetics and plant breeding
* computing and statistical ability
* the ability to manage a team
* a team worker
* fluency in English and French

Please send a covering letter and CV to

SeedQuest reference number: 23028

Senior Wheat Breeder

Location: Woolpit, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Limagrain UK is the local agricultural seeds operating company of Limagrain Europe, the largest plant breeder and seed company in Europe. We breed and market agricultural seeds for the UK market under the established brand LG. Offering the UK’s strongest and widest offer of agricultural and amenity seeds Limagrain UK has extensive portfolios of varieties in cereals, oilseeds, pulses, maize, and grasses and fodder crops.

Limagrain is seeking a highly qualified and motivated manager to work as a Senior Breeder for Wheat, based at Woolpit, Suffolk, UK and responsible for breeding wheat varieties for North West European markets. We require an individual well versed in the recent advances of molecular genetics, with the ability to translate these into the development of varieties and new breeding techniques.

Plant breeding encompasses a wide range of disciplines: agronomy, pathology, analytical chemistry, molecular biology, statistics, mathematical modelling and genetics. The successful applicant will have the ability to manage a team with multiple skills in a logistically complex programme. The position is a senior technical appointment and the successful applicant will be a member of the Limagrain Wheat Research and Development Management Team.

Applicants should have a strong knowledge of plant science and genetics and be able to demonstrate managerial competence. Post Graduate training would be an advantage as would experience of plant breeding.

The position is rewarded with an attractive remuneration and employment package.

Please send a covering letter and CV to

SeedQuest reference number: 23027