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Sweet Pepper Junior Breeder (H/F)

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About Vilmorin-Mikado

Vilmorin-Mikado is a Franco-Japanese seed producer that has specialized in developing, producing, and selling vegetable seeds for professionals since 1743. As a responsible partner in the vegetable food chain, Vilmorin-Mikado is committed to helping better nourish people everywhere. Our wide range of unique, original seeds is distributed on five continents in more than 100 countries. Vilmorin-Mikado has more than 1,000 employees and recorded sales of €218 million in 2020-2021, of which 15% was entirely devoted to research. World leader in carrots and witloof chicory, Vilmorin-Mikado is also a major player in salads, tomatoes, sweet peppers, kabocha squashes, daikon radishes and bunching onions. Nearly three centuries ago, Vilmorin-Mikado's founders began our Tree Seeds work, which actively contributes to rebuilding sustainable forests.

Vilmorin-Mikado is part of Limagrain, an agricultural cooperative and an international seed group owned by French farmers, Limagrain is driven by its purpose: cooperating for the progress of agriculture everywhere, for everyone. Focused on the genetic progress of plants, Limagrain breeds, produces and distributes field seeds, vegetable seeds and agri-food products - #Limagrain  






Local contract

Local contract only

Position description



Employment Type

Regular Full Time

Contractual hours


Main Goal

Based in Almeria (Spain), you’ll take part of operational work of local team breeding team based in Spain (line selection, trials management, seed logistics, variety development). You will report to Senior Sweet Pepper breeder, located in Almeria and you will be part of Vilmorin Mikado breeding team (4 breeders).  

As  Sweet Pepper Breeder, you will manage several breeding programs targeting global markets. In that role you will be in charge of germplasm development and variety delivery for those markets and you will be in charge of strategy execution defined by Marketing and R&D Breeding.

Vilmorin Mikado as Limagrain Vegetables Seeds' business unit (incl. Hazera and HM.Clause), meaning that you will be part too of a large team of pepper breeders across the globe with access to important network of resources (stations, labs, technologies). 

You have 3-5 years experience in a breeding team and you want to step up in your career? This is the perfect environment for you to become a successful member of this agile and dynamic team.

Job description

• Plan and execute breeding schemes

Participate to breeding operations (trial preparation, sowing, sampling and transplanting)

• Coordinate Crossing plans

• Selection & generation advancement

• Implementation and maintenance of data base management tools

• Data analysis & making reports

• Maintain close collaboration with colleagues from R&D and other departments withing VILMORIN-MIKADO and LVS, both in Spain and internationally.

• Significant travel abroad (20%)


• Ph.D or M.Sc in Genetics & Plant breeding & interest in molecular breeding techniques

• 3-5 years experience in plant breeding, genetics and plant physiology

• Passion for breeding

• Excellent analytical, practical, innovative, and creative skills, attention to details, with the ability to detect subtle differences between plants

• Ability to work under varying climate conditions indoors and outdoors

• Ability to work both independently and in international cross-functional teams

• Strong organizational and management skills

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).

• Must be proficient in Spanish and English language

Position localization

Job location

Europe, Spain, Andalusia



Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

Doctoral degree / PhD

Specific expertise


Minimum level of experience required

3 years or more


  • English (4 - Fluent)
  • Spanish (4 - Fluent)


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