Researcher Bioinformatics


Researcher Bioinformatics (Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands)


The four shareholders of GenNovation are each world leading breeding and production companies within their field of expertise. Their common goal is to deliver the best products for their customers worldwide.

With this background Anthura, Florensis, Dekker Chrysanthemum and Gebr. Vletter & Den Haan decided in 2018 to set-up GenNovation as their platform to exchange knowledge and collaborate in research projects to strengthen their breeding efforts. In 2020 a research facility was opened in Wageningen, in the center of the plant research community. For this location we are looking for a Researcher Bioinformatics to strengthen the team and companies in this field of expertise.

The application of DNA markers in ornamental breeding programs is still in its infancy, and research infrastructures like genome reference assemblies are still scarce. As researcher bioinformatics, you will be involved in an interdisciplinary team that develops approaches to obtain (haplotype-based) markers in ornamental crops, which are often challenging due to their genome size and/or ploidy. You will devise workflows / bioinformatics pipelines to analyze data, develop molecular markers from sequencing data and report to the bioinformatics lead.

Your Strength:
We are looking for a colleague with a getting-things-done mentality. You can work methodological at multiple tasks at the same time. You have a broad interest and willing to learn the fundamentals of plant breeding and marker development. By organizing and visualizing data, you contribute to strategies for the development of better varieties.


  • MSc or BSc in bioinformatics, computational biology or related field.
  • Minimal three years’ experience in the plant/food sector.
  • Experience with large scale sequence data analysis.
  • Excellent programming skills, preferably in Python.
  • Experienced Linux environment and command line user.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Communicator and team player.
  • Experience with working in a cloud environment is a plus.
  • Experience with Pangenomes is a plus.

We offer:
A varied, independent function in a dynamic innovative environment, with space to further develop yourself. The shareholders of GenNovation have a long history in breeding in a wide variety of ornamental crops. In this dynamic and challenging environment, you will get the opportunity to explore and implement new bioinformatic solutions for a large variety of crops. When working for GenNovation you will become a member of the small dedicated GenNovation team, and will also become part of the shareholders’ teams.

If you are interested and feel to be the right person for our company, please apply using the following link:

For more information about the vacancy, you can contact Richard Finkers, Bioinformatics lead GenNovation, +31(0)6-23761909.




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