Career Accelerator for Research Infrastructure Scientists

Syngenta, Jealott’s Hill International Research Center


Syngenta is a business that helps humanity face its toughest challenge: how to feed a rising population, sustainably. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown to enable millions of growers to make better use of available resources

Crop protection is a core component of the Syngenta business, with significant product portfolios covering the major agricultural sectors. R&D is imperative to providing new solutions for our customers and Syngenta employs 5000 R&D scientists globally. Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre in Berkshire is Syngenta’s largest R&D site, employing over 800 people who are actively supporting crop protection lead discovery (including fungicide), optimisation, development and registration. Stein (Switzerland) is sister site to Jealott’s Hill employing approximately 350 employees specializing in the areas of Chemistry, Biology, Seed Care and Lawn & Garden Research.

We see that training of scientists and engineers to become future leaders in technology development and operation of advanced facilities in academia and industry is of great value. Particularly as the program will cover areas of technologies that are part of EMBL expertise and are of high interest to Syngenta e.g. imaging, structural analysis, genomics, metabolomics, (bio)chemical engineering etc.

As a partner in this project, Syngenta intends to cooperate with the EMBL towards training of the Fellows. Subject to contract Syngenta will:

  1. Host up to three Fellows per year in the period 2020-2024 through secondments and introduce them to the ways of working, instrumentation and procedures at Syngenta.
  2. Provide secondments with a duration of between 2 and 6 months at Syngenta’s discretion and will be arranged in communication with the Fellow. Fellows who will do secondments at Syngenta will come from the field related or complementary to the field of work of Syngenta.
  3. At Syngenta, Fellows will have a possibility to learn about image analysis, predictive toxicology/ecotoxicology, environmental fate, computational chemistry and data integration to name just a few areas of expertise.
  4. Syngenta will dedicate supervision capacity for each fellow on secondments. During secondments, Fellows will be employed by EMBL.