Trainee Potato Breeder


Job Description

We are seeking a skilled and dedicated Potato Breeder to join our client based in Scotland. As a Potato Breeder, you will play a vital role in developing new potato varieties with desirable traits such as yield, disease resistance, and quality, to meet the needs of farmers and consumers. Your responsibilities will include:

Research and Development: Conducting breeding experiments to develop new potato varieties with improved characteristics through traditional and modern breeding techniques.

Field Trials: Planning, executing, and analysing field trials to evaluate the performance of potato varieties under different environmental conditions and farming practices.

Trait Evaluation: Assessing potato varieties for traits such as yield, disease resistance, tolerance to abiotic stresses, nutritional content, and culinary attributes.

Data Analysis: Collecting, managing, and analysing data from breeding experiments and field trials to make informed decisions in variety selection and advancement.

Collaboration: Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams including breeders, agronomists, geneticists, and quality control specialists to integrate various expertise and perspectives in the breeding program.

Variety Release: Participating in the process of registering and releasing new potato varieties by providing technical information, documentation, and support to regulatory agencies and seed companies.

Continuous Learning: Staying abreast of the latest advancements in potato breeding, genetics, genomics, and biotechnology to incorporate innovative approaches into the breeding program.


A degree (or equivalent) in plant breeding, genetics, horticulture, agronomy, or a related field. A postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD) is preferred, not mandatory

Excellent organizational, communication, and teamwork skills.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

Passion for agriculture, sustainability, and contributing to global food security.