Job Family:  R&D
Business Unit:  DLF Research & Development

Store Heddinge, DK, 4660

Bioinformatician for Grass Genomics

Would you like to help us making the world more green? We are DLF and we are the largest forage and turf seed company in the world. Whenever your feet hit the garden lawn or traverse the football pitch; whenever you see cows on lush meadows; all that grass most likely comes from DLF. Today we also provide seeds in beets, legumes, and brassicas. Our company has grown rapidly within the past years, and we still have big ambitions to continue growing in size and portfolio. Through science and breeding we constantly seek smarter ways to improve varieties and provide the greenest solutions for our end-users. For this purpose, we produce and utilize a lot of data; data that needs handling and interpretation. Curious to join and shape all that data into important tools?

Transforming big data into plants for the future

As Bioinformatician you will set up and maintain processing pipelines that can efficiently analyze, and store data from multiple different sources. In this role, you will be part of a dedicated genomics team specialized in genomic selection, mutation screening and analysis of advanced phenotype data from our testing fields, greenhouses, and laboratories.

Your responsibilities will be to:

  • Optimize and develop state-of-the-art processing pipelines for genomic- and genotype data in our core species
  • Update genomic sequence resources in our core species and run comparative genomics for identification of agronomically valuable genes
  • Support trait mapping efforts in our core species by performing RNAseq, GWAS and QTL analyzes
  • Develop workflows for uploading remote sensing data into our breeding databases
  • On request assist breeders and scientists in retrieving specific data subsets from our databases
  • Engage in research projects on utilization of big data for the improvement of breeding and seed production

Appetite for turning complex data sets into valuable breeding solutions

Ideally, you are a PhD graduate in bioinformatics. You may have 1-2 years of experience working with genomic- and preferably also phenotype data. A background in plant breeding will be a plus. You:

  • Are an expert in Python, R, MySQL/SQL/SQLite and you are familiar with standard bioinformatics tools.
  • Are used to working on Linux based high-performance computing clusters, and ideally have advanced knowledge of building complex pipelines using dedicated software such as snakemake.
  • Enjoy working systematically both in programming and in the organization of large data sets.
  • Take pride in documenting your programming and pipeline setups.
  • Have a highly professional approach to your tasks, your colleagues and stakeholders. It is crucial that you are able to collaborate and communicate complex matters in an easy and respectful manner.
  • Are open-minded and willing to work across departments in a global organization.

You will report to the Head of Breeding Tools, Christian Sig Jensen.

DLF’s research site on Zealand, Denmark

DLF has more than 25 research- and testing sites across all continents. One of the largest sites is located in Denmark – 60 km south of central Copenhagen. Some of our most successful varieties were developed there, and the site is still central to our research and breeding activities. From mid-2024, DLF will gather all expertise and activities within biotech, genomics, and data management at a new headquarter, which is being built just west of Copenhagen. The headquarter will provide state-of-the art working functionality and offers close public transportation connections.

We are looking forward to hearing from you

This is a full time role and you will be based at our Danish research site with occasional travel to other sites in our global setup. You have to be fluent in English and knowledge of Danish is a plus. Danish work and residence permit is a pre-requisite.


Deadline is 30.09.22 - we interview candidates on an ongoing basis, so apply as soon as possible.


If you have any questions, please e-mail Christian Sig Jensen,