Barley Breeder

Elsoms Seeds

The renowned German barley breeder Ackermann (a member of Saaten-Union) and the UK breeder and distributor Elsoms Seeds are joining forces for the establishment of a dedicated barley breeding unit in the United Kingdom. To support this development, we are hiring a: Barley Breeder

Your Mission:

  • You are the breeder for the UK-based Spring + Winter Barley (2row) Breeding programme with an international perspective, particularly regarding malting barley.
  • Your work will be directed by the Director of Breeding at Ackermann and you will have full access to its pre-breeding, R&D projects and services of Saaten-Union Biotech.
  • You are responsible for the execution of the entire local programme, including trial design, sowing, selection and harvest. This includes the maintenance breeding, the administration of NL-entries and securing initial small scale multiplications.
  • You will be facilitating our participation in ongoing and future UK public & private research projects.
  • Your work will be located at trial sites in north Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, with a base at Elsoms headquarters in Spalding, benefitting from access to their entire infrastructure and colleagues.

Your Profile:

  • You have a degree in agricultural sciences, or biological science.
  • You have 3+ years of experience in the field of cereal breeding. Prior work in barley is considered a strong advantage.
  • You enjoy spending time in the field and are not afraid to get your hands dirty.
  • You have a thorough understanding of quantitative genetics and biostatistics.
  • You speak English fluently. Knowledge of German and/or French is a plus.
  • You are willing to travel considerably to monitor your UK+Ireland trial network. Some travel to Germany, France and Scandinavia is also expected.
  • You are experienced with common breeding software and know how to use and maintain databases.

We are offering an exciting position, working in an engaging environment, connected to an international network of breeders, for a programme growing in dramatically in scale and competitiveness.

We are looking forward to your application! Please send a letter of introduction and your CV to: Melanie Ebbage, Elsoms Seeds Ltd, Spalding, PE11 1QG: