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Watermelon Breeder

Location: Woodland, California, USA

Reference code: 127241

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At Bayer you have the opportunity to be part of a culture where we value the passion of our employees to innovate and give them the power to change.

Bayer currently has opening for a Plant Breeder, Watermelon at its Woodland, California location.


The primary responsibilities of this role, Breeder - Watermelon, are to:

  • Manage a breeding pipeline from population creation through late stage pre-commercial phases to evaluate and advance the highest performing germplasm aligned with commercial product concepts for diverse global markets;
  • Drive development and implementation of new breeding and phenotyping strategies, technologies, advancement and deployment strategies, operational processes, and digital capabilities;
  • Integrate data science throughout the breeding process to enable a cognitive decision-making workflow and drive automation of downstream operations;
  • Collaborate and align product development strategy with Product Management, Market Development, and sales organization in the area;
  • Foster strong collaborative relationships with enabling teams to deliver a robust pipeline and ensure meaningful knowledge transfer during pipeline hand-offs;
  • Develop people by working closely with research station management to fully participate in staff development;
  • Act as leader and mentor to discovery breeding, plant pathology, and cell biology projects and teams;
  • Act as focal point for Watermelon vis a vis to supporting functions such as Product Supply, Seed Production, Precision Genomics (molecular labs), Regulatory, and Intellectual Property;
  • Participate in cross-functional crop teams (Product Development, Market Development, and Sales).



Your success will be driven by your demonstration of our LIFE values.  More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possesses the following:

Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. with at least ten years of relevant experience OR Ph.D. with at least six years of relevant experience;
  • Strong background in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, experimental design, statistical analysis or data science;
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and leading and influencing activities of cross-functional teams to achieve common goals;
  • Ability to lead and influence key stakeholders through challenges and opportunities;
  • Ability to facilitates solutions;
  • Results oriented with demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects/priorities;
  • Familiarity with data science and computer programming, and a demonstrated ability to perform data analysis with large data sets.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Agricultural Science, Genetics, Crop Science, or Product Management;
  • Experience with automated phenotyping/remote sensing and the interpretation of imaging data.
  • Experience in coding software such as "R", "Python", etc.
  • Experience performing data analysis with large datasets.


Bayer offers a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefits programs. If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, and you have the "Passion to Innovate" and the "Power to Change", we encourage you to apply now.

Please click HERE to learn more and to apply online:


To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes.

Bayer is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans

Bayer is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s) using the contact information below. 

Contact us: + 1 888-473-1001, option #5

More positions from: Bayer Vegetable Seeds

Posted from March 18, 2020 until September 18, 2020
SeedQuest reference number: 114990

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the country where the position is located.

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