Head of Breeding Programs Salmon

Application deadline: Oct 31 ,2022

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Application deadline:

31st October 2022


Benchmark Genetics Norway HQ, Bergen, Norway (other locations may be considered)




Dr Morten Rye, Director of Genetics morten.rye@bmkgenetics.com

Cell: +47 952 13 271

Benchmark Genetics is a global leader in aquaculture genetics and breeding with extensive experience from applied breeding programs for nearly 20 species across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Besides being a significant provider of high-performing stocks of Atlantic salmon, marine shrimp (L. vannamei), and Nile tilapia to the global aquaculture sector, Benchmark Genetics supplies advanced genetic services to numerous external breeding programs around the world. Read more about what we do at www.bmkgenetics.com.

Benchmark Genetics is a member of the Benchmark Group (www.benchmarkplc.com). This leading biotechnology company uniquely combines world-leading expertise and operations in Genetics, Advanced Nutrition, and Animal Health for sustainable and cost-effective aquaculture production.

Position Description

In reflection of Benchmark Genetics’ leading position and continued expansion in the global salmon egg markets, we seek candidates for a new position as Head of Breeding Programs Salmon

for developing the company’s salmon genetics resources. This senior position offers a unique opening for a motivated candidate to join a global leader in the salmon genetics field with extensive activities and numerous other major farmed aquaculture species.

Key Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)


Competitive according to qualifications and experience


Full-time, working no less than 37½ hours per week

Reports to:

Dr Morten Rye, Director of Genetics

  • Lead the development of Benchmark Genetics’ global Atlantic salmon resources
    • Coordination of Benchmark’s three salmon breeding programs with nucleus operations in Norway, Iceland, and Chile
    • Preparing and managing central budgets
    • Work in close collaboration with Benchmark Genetics’ core genetics, commercial and production teams to ensure optimal dissemination of high-quality salmon eggs to the global markets.


Essential skills and qualifications:

  • Extensive leadership and team management experience
  • In-depth understanding and knowledge of selective breeding program operations

Personal attributes/characteristics:

  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Excellent people and teamwork skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Genuine interest in sustainable aquaculture productions
  • Comfortable with working with colleagues in a variety of international locations
  • Flexible and able to travel nationally and internationally as required


Application deadline: Oct 31, 2022

Submissions: Send cover letter, CV and contact details of two references


Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for personal interviews.

For informal inquiries, please contact:

Dr Morten Rye, Director of Genetics (email: morten.rye@bmkgenetics.com, Cell: +47 95213271)