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JOB TITLE:Plant Breeder

There is a job opportunity for a plant breeder and You will work in a small team based in Brussels and advice institutional partners based on the extended portfolio of scientific activities in organic agriculture and agroecology of 300 specialists at the national FiBL institutes.

Your profile

  • University degree, preferably related to agriculture, environmental or life sciences,
  • Interest in Organic Agriculture. Knowledge of the sector is a plus.
  • Academic and/or professional experience in plant breeding activities. Deep understanding of the different methods and practices use in the breeding sector. Knowledge about the animal breeding sector will be an asset.
  • Extended knowledge in project management and scientific coordination.
  • Excellent skills in networking, in running meetings coordination and leading dialogs.
  • Team-oriented and ambitious personality.
  • Oral and written fluency in English; additional knowledge of German is desired.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the EU institutional system as well as from work in developing countries (Africa) will be an asset.
  • Willingness to travel.

Your responsibilities

  • Coordination of breeding activities for organic and agroecological farming systems.
  • Monitoring of political developments that impact the breeding and seeds sector.
  • Networking on organic breeding among private and public breeders, policymakers, authorities, farmer associations, retailers and NGOs with a focus on plant breeding, potentially be extended to selected questions of livestock breeding;
  • Elaboration of science-based policy studies, written and spoken presentations on organic breeding and related policy topics. Participation in scientific projects and activities related to organic breeding;
  • Representing the organic breeding sector voice at both internal and external events and writing briefs for senior executives.

We are offering

  • An open-end employment (100 %) based in Brussels, Belgium;
  • An exciting opportunity for career development in an international working environment in the field of organic agriculture;
  • Attractive contractual terms and remuneration packages.

For any queries you may have please contact Miguel de Porras, Director of FiBL Europe, miguel.deporras(at) and Monika Messmer, monika.messmer(at), Theme Leader Plant Breeding and Seed Testing at FiBL CH.

Please submit your electronic application including motivation letter, CV and certificates until September, 2019 to Carla Pinho, carla.pinho(at)

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This Call for Application Originally appeared here

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