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Seed Valley

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Number of employees

3500

Countries

Worldwide

Company profile

Hi there, we are Seed Valley: the worldwide center for plant breeding and seed technology, situated in the Netherlands. Dozens of companies are active in the fields of plant breeding, seed technology, and associated services. Our specialists develop the ‘green software’ that determines the colour of a flower, how a tomato tastes and whether lettuce is resistant to diseases. Numerous innovations are put into practice here in the creation of continually better seeds.

Worldwide, the changing climate leads to extreme weather conditions. In addition to that, the global population is growing rapidly. In 2050, 10 billion people will inhabit the world. In Seed Valley, we work on the development of varieties that are ready for the future: crops that continue to grow under extreme weather conditions or crops that are suitable for modern cultivation methods. These modern cultivation methods ensure that we can provide everyone with healthy food while saving space, energy, and water.

This afternoon we're joined by one of our partner companies, Enza Zaden. Two colleagues in the field of microbiology can tell you all about their jobs.

Student profile

Plant breeding and seed technology are multidisciplinary fields of work. The development of better varieties and seeds requires knowledge of disciplines including genetics, cell biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics. Specialists work in teams, constantly developing better seeds.

Companies based within Seed Valley offer numerous opportunities to ambitious professionals keen to push their frontiers. There is a strong demand for specialists with a broad spectrum of educational levels. Their contribution is necessary to continue to the strong growth of past decades, to expand breeding and research developments effectively.

Study levels

  • HBO
  • WO
  • PhD

Student backgrounds

  • Dutch
  • International

Vacancies

You are going to the supermarket...

Tonight, you are in the mood for a healthy pasta, so you buy a bunch of tomatoes. You also purchase some chrysanthemums, as you like fresh flowers on the table.

Have you ever wondered where that bunch of tomatoes or those chrysanthemums come from? Both probably have an origin in Seed Valley: the worldwide center for plant breeding and seed technology, located in Noord-Holland. Dozens of companies work on new and improved vegetable and flower varieties on the daily. These are different types of companies: breeding companies that develop new vegetable and flower varieties; seed technology companies that improve the quality of seeds after they have been produced, and suppliers such as machine builders.

Why work in Seed Valley?
Worldwide, the changing climate leads to extreme weather conditions. In addition to that, the global population is growing rapidly. In 2050, 10 billion people will inhabit the world. In Seed Valley, we work on the development of varieties that are ready for the future: crops that continue to grow under extreme weather conditions or crops that are suitable for modern cultivation methods. These modern cultivation methods ensure that we can provide everyone with healthy food while saving space, energy, and water.

Natural talent
Believe it or not, but almost everyone can work in Seed Valley. In addition to researchers and plant scientists, companies are also looking for communication-, crop care-, logistics-, IT-, production- and administration employees. Every year Seed Valley companies look for 300 new colleagues who want to contribute to healthy food and a flowering world.

Take your chance
Would you like to work at a Seed Valley company? Check www.werkeninseedvalley.nl or pass by our stand.