Research Associate


We are looking for a conscientious and resourceful Research Associate (m/f) to provide maternity cover and support ongoing breeding and trait research projects within the Cereals Breeding Technology group at KWS. This position is based at our UK office near Cambridge and will be for an initial one-year fixed term period. Reporting to the Cereal Genomics Scientist, the primary responsibility will be to run a research project aiming to develop and translate breeding tools into practical application.

Your tasks:

  • Lead the day-to-day running of a breeding technology project, provide administration and management support.
  • Support the generation of phenotype data, including field trial design, seed preparation, sowing and harvesting.
  • Research into specific topic areas; critical evaluation and summarization of scientific literature.
  • Run genomic prediction and association analysis pipelines.
  • Reporting and presenting results to internal and external teams.

Your profile:

  • PhD or equivalent qualification in plant biology, agricultural science or adjacent sciences.
  • Good working knowledge statistics, experimental design and analysis.
  • Experience of handling and analyzing genotype data; use of statistical packages such as R.
  • Background in plant breeding and/or computer sciences would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work in an independent and flexible way, especially during the busy field season (full clean driving licence distinct advantage).
  • Fluent English language skills (written and spoken).
  • Willingness to travel both nationally and internationally, including overnight.
  • Excellent team player and communication skills.
  • The post is only available to candidates who are eligible to work in the UK

Please apply via e-mail with a cover letter and CV attached to:

About KWS:
KWS UK breeds winter wheat, spring wheat and winter barley. The company is responsible for selecting and developing oilseed rape, and trialling and developing maize and sugar beet varieties in conjunction with the KWS group by using a range of technologies to ensure improved consistency in crop performance to benefit all; merchant, farmer, processor and ultimately end-user customer. KWS has been breeding crops for the moderate climatic zone for over 150 years. The company is now one of the world’s leading seed producers. It has some 5,300 employees and a footprint touching over 70 countries. Visit: to find out more.