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BASF Sr. Scientist Molecular Breeding-Predictive Breeding in Davis, California

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Sr. Scientist, Molecular Breeding-Predictive Breeding (2101875) – Davis, CA

Where the Chemistry Happens…

The main responsibility of this position is to ensure the most efficient implementation of predictive breeding (e.g. genomic prediction and germplasm characterization) for multiple vegetable crops. This job is designed to support molecular breeding scientists in the project design and analysis of large dataset in relation to predictive breeding. In close interaction with other R&D colleagues, this position will be responsible for the design of innovative breeding techniques and analytical tools to improve breeding efficiency and genetic gain for assigned crops. Effective communication and teamwork are essential for the success of this position to translate predictive breeding theories into applied breeding practices.

Formula for Success: You Will…

  • In close collaboration with R&D colleagues, you will lead the implementation of predictive breeding projects in assigned breeding programs.

  • Provide global support to molecular breeding scientists for the analysis of large dataset in relation to predictive breeding projects.

  • Design and implement innovative breeding techniques and analytical tools to improve breeding efficiency and genetic gain.

  • Actively participate in the development of a tactical plan to execute short-term and long-term predictive breeding strategies and ensure that project portfolio is aligned with crop strategy.

  • Be the contact person with biostatistics team for the development and optimization of statistical pipelines.

  • Keep up to date with the latest developments in predictive breeding, and be the contact person with universities, institutes, and private companies for the access of relevant tools.

  • Share knowledge across functions and crops and drive innovation in breeding programs.



  • PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics or related fields with minimum of 4 years of relevant experience


  • Applying molecular genetics, quantitative genetics, and genomic prediction to improve breeding efficiency in multiple crops


  • Excellent knowledge in plant breeding and experience working in the field

  • Demonstrated experience of applying quantitative genetic, computational biology, and statistics in plant breeding programs

  • Experience in predictive breeding techniques such as, genomic prediction and estimating genetic diversity

  • Proficient in scripting with R or Python for statistical analysis of large datasets

  • Experience in working with algorithms for optimizing breeding efficiency

  • Basic knowledge of bioinformatics

  • Pragmatic mind set

  • Excellent project management skills – managing multiple international projects with multiple stakeholders

  • Effective networking with academic scientists and private companies

  • Ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally (approx. 20%).

  • Excellent communication and reporting skills in English and a team player with strong interpersonal communication skills, able to work in a multicultural environment

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Job: REDE - Research & Development

Organization: G-APV/RT-Vegetable Seeds R&D Technology-63023557

Title: Sr. Scientist Molecular Breeding-Predictive Breeding

Location: CA-Davis

Requisition ID: 2101875

Other Locations: US-CA-Sacramento