About the vacancy

Would you like to share our passion for berries?

We are looking for an ambitious Phenotyper (Research Associate), who wants to become part of our Breeding Department. The Breeding department sees the development and improvement of new varieties as their top priority. Each plant is different and requires a different approach that is why they continually look for the answers to questions regarding the plant condition and shelf life of berries. After new promising varieties are created, they are grown on our own test plots and tested by both experts and consumers.

What do you say when someone asks what you do all day?
“My main focus is to support the strawberry breeding team by evaluating breeding selections for horticultural, physiological, phytopathological and post-harvest traits that leads to molecular marker development.”

The Phenotyper is responsible to include phenotyping of strawberry germplasm and seedlings, data collection and management, development of phenotyping protocols, post-harvest fruit quality and flavor assessments.

You also assist in making seedling selections and evaluation of advanced breeding selections under the direction of the strawberry breeders.


You have responsibilities in different areas, such as:

  • Phenotyping GWAS;
  • Supporting the strawberry breeding team with evaluation of seedlings and selections for horticultural traits encompassing field ratings, yield, shelf life and flavour;
  • Conducting evaluation of selections for post-harvest fruit quality assessment
  • (shelf life, brix and flavour) with high degree of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Developing phenotyping protocols for traits of interest and assisting in development of high throughput phenotyping platforms;
  • Designing experimental trials; create planting maps, overview plant logistics and plantings of genetic material;
  • Recording phenotypic observations into the breeding database;
  • Monitoring accuracy of collected phenotypic data, summarizing and presenting findings to breeders and peers on a regular basis;
  • Providing input as required for the preparation of breeder and R&D meetings and annual breeding reports;
  • Working collaboratively with research staff across the organization to maximize efficiency of phenotyping;
  • Supporting the breeding assistant with the status list and planting list and supporting leaf collection for molecular analysis;
  • Taking picture of all the plant material and supporting and assisting data collection for IP protection;
  • Assisting with pathology screenings.

Candidate profile

You will work mainly from our office in East Malling, UK. As your co-workers our situated all over Europe, your verbal and non-verbal skills in the English language must be excellent. 

You have:

  • Master of Science or Bachelor of Science with some related field experience in horticulture, biology or related;
  • Besides that, extended coursework in botany and/or molecular breeding will be advantageous;
  • 1-3 years of experience in research and/or farming;
  • Excellent communication skills with a great attention to detail;
  • Self-starter wit strong problem solving skills;
  • Pro-active attitude, Hands-on, interest to embrace challenges and able to work independently;
  • Flexibility, initiative, good judgment and discrete.


We offer

Alongside a competitive wage, we offer you the opportunity to contribute to the growth of our experienced and ambitious organisation. Our success as a company depends on a creating an enabling environment where our people are energized, motivated, and empowered to perform at their highest level.


About Driscoll’s

Driscoll’s is developing a strong position in the European berry market led by our EMEA headquarters in The Netherlands. We are a family owned company, established in California, with a true love for berries. Over the years, Driscoll’s has grown to be represented on each continent. We truly believe that our delicious fruits can make any ordinary moment in life more special. Help us to spread the berry joy and become our new team member!

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For more information, please contact Ronald Dankers, our Talent Acquisition Partner EMEA : +31653956083/

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