Leafy biotech breeding

Hbo Enkhuizen

What you tell your friends you are doing

“I contribute to the development of new and better leafy variaties.”

What you are going to do

At Enza Zaden you will work together with the breeding team and contribute to the development of new crop varieties. You will get your own practical project. You will assess the agronomical value of leafy material into new breeding systems. This project involves working indoors combined with data and image analyses. The longterm goal is to develop new breeding processes that will enable breeders to create the best vegetable varieties.

Natural talent

  • You are a BSc student in plant breeding or plant sciences.
  • You are familiar with phenotyping and statistical analysis.
  • You take initiative and are very accurate.
  • You have great organizational skills.
  • You can work independently, but you are a teamplayer as well.
  • You have excellent English communication skills.
  • You are available from September 2021 to March 2022.

About Enza Zaden

Enza Zaden is a vegetable breeding company that develops vegetable varieties. We produce and sell the seeds of these varieties all over the world. Both for conventional and organic growers. Our goal is to grant people access to healthy vegetables. Anywhere in the world. Every day, more than 460 million people worldwide eat our vegetables. So, we are getting there … but there is still enough work to be done! Of course, we look further than present needs. In 2050, when there will be about 10 billion inhabitants on our planet, we also want to make sure that people have access to healthy vegetables. To achieve this, our vegetable breeders work with the best that nature offers. Supported by state-of-the-art technologies to speed up our breeding process. And that is really necessary, because currently the development of a new vegetable variety takes at least 6 years. We focus on higher yield, resistance to diseases and pests and climate extremes such as heat and drought. And on taste, shelf life and nutrients. The results? Strong, healthy tasty and climate-proof vegetable varieties with higher yield per square meter and less need of crop protection products or fertilizer. In short, sustainability is truly in our DNA. Our head office in Enkhuizen is our home base, but we have colleagues all over the world. Enza Zaden is an independent family business, where around 2000 employees from more than 40 nationalities closely work together in international teams.

Take your chance

If you´re interested, look at the Enza Zaden website for further details.