Group Lead (m/f/d) for Quantitative Genetics and Biostatistics
KWS is one of the world's leading plant breeding companies. For more than 165 years, KWS has been run independently as a family-owned company. The focus is on plant breeding and the production and sale of maize, sugar beet, cereal, potato, rapeseed, sunflower and vegetable seed. KWS uses state-of-the-art plant breeding methods. With around 6,000 employees, KWS is present in more than 70 countries. We are looking to recruit from April 1st a Group Lead (m/f/d) for quantitative genetics and biostatistics within our Breeding Technology Application Team for Sugar Beet and Cereals to be located in Einbeck (Germany), on a full-time and permanent-contract basis. Your new challenge: * Translate KWS goals into a strategy and structure for the quantitative genetics and biostatistics group covering selection theory, simulations, and data analysis to support our routine breeding and research activities towards predictive breeding, breeding decisions, and optimization of resource allocation * Lead and develop the team by setting goals and responsibilities in a matrix organization * Ensure closeness with breeding programs and support development of deep expertise * Jointly review breeding schemes, identify optimization potentials, organize pilots, and implement tailor-made solutions in a collaboration with breeders * Drive method and tool development, success monitoring in Quantitative Genetics, and exploit synergies across crops. * Work on joint responsibility topics (e.g., knowledge management, meeting culture) within the breeding technology leadership team Bring in your competencies: * University degree in agricultural science or data science with a focus on plant breeding and quantitative genetics or similar qualification (Ph.D. or M.Sc.) with multiannual experience * Being an inspiring "hands-on" leader to drive innovation and operations in quantitative genetics * Convinced that theory, simulations, and retrospective data analysis can help us to design optimized breeding schemes * Visionary thinker who likes to exploit the full potential of predictive breeding following objective, data-driven criteria * Multi-annual relevant experience in group and project leadership * Leadership skills including the motivation of team members as well as decision-strength * Act as a role model and strive for impact in a collaborative and transparent way * Thinking across silos, acknowledging, and supporting diversity as a team asset * Excellent team player and good communication skills (in English, German or other languages are a plus) Start your future with us! What we offer to help you grow: As a family-run company we are guided by the values of closeness, reliability, foresight and independence - this culture is lived in practice creating thus an open and friendly working atmosphere. True to our motto Make yourself grow, we support employees' professional and personal development. We offer excellent work equipment (e.g. ergonomic workstations, several monitors, air conditioning, high-end technical equipment, the newest laboratory equipment), a fully-fledged, subsidized canteen and sufficient free parking spaces at the KWS location. We create the appropriate framework conditions for you: a company pension scheme, capital formation benefits, Christmas and holiday bonuses, special prices for company shares, childcare allowance and a job bike.
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