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BASF Watermelon Breeder - Acampo, CA in Acampo, California

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, citizenship, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation. We achieve this through our commitment to continuous improvement and operational excellence, which gives us the opportunity to set and deliver on ambitious, long-term goals.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development. This allows for our employees to innovate and generate new ideas, put them into action, and gain insights from them to further advance our collective expertise.

And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2019. We strongly support the spirit of collaboration through effectively involving team members and colleagues from other relevant units when developing and executing strategies and projects. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Watermelon Breeder (1903240) – Acampo, CA

Where the Chemistry Happens…

We are seeking a professional like you to develop commercially successful Watermelon varieties efficiently for Americas Market, Australia, ME, meeting our strategic, business and consumer needs.

Formula for Success: You Will…

  • Ensure constant flow of commercially successful varieties that is meeting our company Crop Strategy and consumer needs, by applying proven breeding methodologies in combination with technologies, such as Molecular Assisted Breeding, Genomics, Predictive Breeding DH’s, Statistics etc.…

  • Formulate, design and implement specific breeding targets for each breeding segment based on Crop Strategy. Identify promising results from different fields of research and integrate them in the breeding program.

  • Partner with Global and Regional Product Specialist to Translate Crop Strategies and tactics into new commercial products in order to gain Market Share and Leadership in Americas.

  • Prepare, implement and monitor crop budgets and operational plans for the breeding program.

  • Manage, support and direct the breeding team and breeding related activities in line with the breeding plan, guidelines and procedures and corporate values and vision.

  • Manage, direct, and coordinate after approval of the Head Breeding and in cooperation with HR, the personnel within the breeding team located on the site and on external sites, including appraisal, training and development and career planning by using HR instruments, guidelines, procedures and advise in order to select and maintain competent employees and ensure an efficient and effective functioning breeding team.


· MSc/PhD in plant breeding or genetics

· Minimum of 5 years (PHD) and 10 years (MSc) of experience in plant breeding or related discipline

· In depth working knowledge of horticulture, agronomy, genetics, pathology, statistics, physiology and molecular genetics

· People Management and Budgeting

· Team player

· Organization and planning

· Computer skills (data management, management information systems, databases, spread sheets, statistical software)

· Work independently, as well, in in cross divisional Crop Teams

· Communication Skills

· Functional Competencies: Innovation, Influencing, Entrepreneurship.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. you@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.

For further information on Agricultural Products with BASF, please select: BASF: Create Chemistry with the Agricultural Products Division

Job: REDE - Research & Development

Organization: G-APV/RB-Vegetable Seeds R&D Breeding-63023132

Title: Watermelon Breeder - Acampo, CA

Location: CA-Acampo

Requisition ID: 1903240