Senior Pre-Breeder

Senior Pre-Breeder

(Full-time 35 hours, Takii France, Eyragues)

Takii France is a full daughter company of Takii Japan. The R&D department of Takii France is responsible for breeding and pre-breeding research programs in fruit and root vegetables.
The pre-breeder is responsible for pre-breeding programs to enable developing varieties with new traits of a certain crop that meets market requirements and breeding and production criteria, so that the right product becomes available for production and sales.

What you will be doing

As a pre-breeder at Takii France you will be responsible for the scientific management of pre-breeding research in cabbage and onion at the Takii France site in Eyragues.
The pre-breeder will enable the development of varieties with new traits in these crops that meet market requirements, breeding- and production criteria, so that the right product is available for seed production and sales. In collaboration with the breeders within Takii Europe you identify traits and topics of interest for research. You facilitate discussions with the team to draft a mid-term research plan, aligning efforts with overarching objectives. Provide a guidance and mentorship to breeder assistants and analyst in the molecular biology lab. Next to this you execute pre-breeding programs, selecting plants based on predetermined objectives through visual and analytical evaluations. Record and analyse observations, results, and conclusions to inform decision-making processes. At last you maintain and develop a network with universities in France and abroad so that you can explore opportunities for collaboration on research projects. Of course you stay up to date on scientific developments and literature in genetics, breeding and related areas.
Takii France has a small research team, which is expected to grow in the coming years.

What we expect from you

You hold a PhD degree in agriculture or biology, and preferably specialised in genetics and phytopathology coupled with experience in pre-breeding activities or pre-breeding related research at an university. You have an extensive network in the academic world, opening the door to collaborative projects. Next to this you provide leadership and have good mentoring skills. Furthermore you are accurate, flexible, creative and have attention to detail. Your communication skills shine as you effortlessly interact with individuals across various departments and levels. Lastly, your proficiency in English and French is impeccable.


What we offer

Working at Takii means working in a successful and growing company. Personal development is our focus: we invest in your talents by offering training and courses. You are entitled to 25 holiday according to the collective labour agreement CCN des coopĂ©ratives et SICA de cĂ©rĂ©ales, de meunerie, d’approvisionnement et d’alimentation du bĂ©tail et d’olĂ©agineux. When you work for Takii, you can count on a very good benefits package that grows with you during your career within our company.


Send your application (CV and motivation) to Kim Boekraad, HR Specialist, via the apply button.

We’d like to receive your CV and motivation. You’ll receive a confirmation of receipt from us immediately.
Introductory meeting
If we see a match, we’ll be happy to send you an invitation for an introductory meeting. This can take place via Teams or on location. During this conversation you’ll meet your future manager and the HR manager. You will be asked exploratory questions and there is room for your questions also.
On-site job interview
You will be invited to the Takii Europe head office for the second meeting. You get a first impression of our organization and you can meet future colleagues. In this meeting the activities of the position and collaboration with other colleagues/departments are discussed in further detail. Some of these colleagues are also present during the conversation. A great opportunity to ask them what their working day looks like and what drives them.
Assessment and reference check
If you are the candidate we want to hire, you are almost there! Depending on the position for which you are applying, an (online) assessment may be part of the procedure. During the procedure, HR does a reference check to hear good stories about you and your work.
Then follows the terms of employment interview and congratulations to you on your new job! We look forward to seeing you on your first working day at Takii Europe!

“Interesting in helping to develop innovative and high quality varieties of cabbages and onions? Apply and join a dynamic and growing team in South of France!”

Sylvia Salgon
Pre-Breeder Vegetables

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