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Applied Plant Geneticist / Plant Breeder

Summary of position
The selected candidate will join KIS's core team of specialists in design, implementation and operation of efficient and cost-effective breeding programs for agricultural species on national and international level, and be actively involved in several key aspects of the KIS’s technical deliveries. The position is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Some international travelling must be anticipated.

Key Responsibilities
•   Program design and practical implementation of breeding programs
•   Evaluate and implement new technologies for applied programs
•   Perform large scale quantitative/genomic genetic evaluations
•   Reporting and documentation
•   Participation in relevant R&D work

Desired skills and experience

Required qualifications

  • PhD in the biological/agricultural sciences and of relevance to the plant genetic resources, plant breeding, plant genetics, quantitative genetics/statistics or other relevant areas
  • Extensive understanding of relevant areas of molecular genetics, experience from large scale genetic evaluations and/or analysis of genomic data is desirable
  • At least 3-5 years’ relevant work experience (or equivalent, such as e.g. time spent on relevant activities during PhD training), preferably in an international environment;
  • Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced knowledge of plant breeding, including experience with the application of relevant genomics methods and other modern breeding techniques;
  • Experience in project development, coordination, monitoring and/or management to be able to provide effective backstopping to partners;
  • Strong computer skills including good knowledge of database and genome mapping applications;
  • Excellent English written and spoken required; knowledge of Slovenian and/or other languages will be an advantage.

Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrated initiative, judgement, creativity and analytical abilities;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to interact effectively with a wide range of collaborators from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Good communication, analytical and team work skills
  • A 'can do’ attitude


Interested candidates should submit the following (incomplete applications will not be considered):

1. A cover letter summarizing of your qualifications and experience, indicating how you meet the expected set of skills and competencies for the position and your motivations for applying. Please comment on your experience in project development, management, monitoring and/or coordination;

2. Your Curriculum Vitae in English (please include your current residence address, telephone, fax and email address, date of birth, gender and nationality);

3. A list of publications you authored, particularly those relevant to the area of genetic resources, plant breeding and plant genetics;

4. A list of projects that you have managed or coordinated with a description of your role in each;

5. Names and full contact details of at least three referees – please include at least one referee who can comment on your experience with project development, management, monitoring and/or coordination.


All applications must be received by: 1st of September 2016 or until position is filled. Send applications with all relevant supporting documents to: Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Hacquetova 17, 1000 Ljubljana, SLOVENIA, Human Resources Department. Alternatively, applications can be sent by mail to the following address:

For enquiries, please contact Dr Peter Dolničar, Head of Crop Sciences Dept., Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, e-mail:

The Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, invites applications for a 1-year position with possibility for long term appointment at the Crop Science Department which can start on October 1st, 2016.

Research area 
The successful candidate will be working with a number of agricultural crops (mainly potatoes, cereals, grain legumes, ….) within the section of genetic diversity, crop genetics and biotechnology. In particular you will be associated with projects where we study responses of plants to biotic and abiotic stresses.

We offer

An exciting project combining agricultural sciences with plant molecular biology and physiology. Research within a network of collaboration partners in Slovenia and South East and other European countries.

Formalities and salary range
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Slovenian Ministry of Finance and the Slovenian Confederation of Professional Associations. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Slovenian Ministry of Finance and the Slovenian Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.