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Postdoctoral Fellow – crop-livestock scientist- Niamey, Niger

ICRISAT seeks applications for the post of Postdoctoral Fellow, to be based in Niamey, Niger.

In the semi-arid agro-ecologies, empowering smallholder farmers to achieve food security and create cash earning agricultural enterprises requires a deep understanding of the tradeoffs and risks farmers face in managing their highly resource constrained systems. ICRISAT works with the national agricultural research and extension agencies, NGO’s and higher education institutions locally and abroad to develop farm technologies and management systems, create markets and value chains based around a set of mandate crops and technologies that are well adapted to the semi-arid tropics. In the Sahel, crop-livestock systems play a particularly important role in bringing food security, resilience and income generation to highly vulnerable smallholder livelihood systems with the intensification of fodder and livestock production connected to markets, a huge opportunity of the livestock revolution. A postdoctoral scientist is required to work on a newly funded Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems project ‘Enabling Value Chains to Create Sustainable Income for Vulnerable People in Crop-Livestock Systems of Burkina Faso and Niger.’

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture.

ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide scientific leadership in finding opportunities for the intensifying livestock production in crop based       systems of the Sahel that enable greater participation of smallholders in value chains.
  • Find farm level agronomic interventions that improve the performance of existing crop and livestock systems and test/simulate/demonstrate dual purpose cereals and legumes, feed formulations and feeding strategies for increasing productivity of small ruminants.
  • Utilize and further develop, parameterize crop-livestock modelling frameworks and approaches that help our understanding of the trade-offs that farmers face in adopting technologies.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams from ICRISAT, ILRI and the National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) in Niger and Burkina Faso.
  • Collect high quality data from on-station and on-farm experiments that can be published in international scientific journals as well as locally relevant extension information.
  • Contribute to the resource mobilization efforts of ICRISAT and the CGIAR Research Programs, through writing research proposals, building capacity in our partners, engaging with the University sector by co-supervising postgraduate students.

Required Criteria:

  • PhD degree in agriculture, crop or forage science, animal production or related discipline with experience in livestock systems related research.
  • Ability to independently organize and implement on-station and on-farm experiments involving crops, forages and animals that provide high quality datasets that inform the promotion of crop-livestock farming systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to scientifically write as evidenced by a good publication record of research papers in refereed journals.
  • Strong statistical skills, knowledge of computer applications and software for data management and analysis.
  • Fluency in English and French.
  • Experience in working with a wide range of stakeholders and desire to work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Willingness/ability to live, work and travel frequently in Niger, Burkina Faso and the region. 

Desirable Criteria:

  • A high level of competency in the design and implementation of animal feeding experiments.
  • Expertise in the parameterization, validation and application of crop, forage or livestock models in research and incorporation of findings into extension material and publications.
  • Understanding of semi-arid smallholder farming systems and their constraints and opportunities for sustainable intensification and value chain opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals and fund raise. 

General:

This is a postdoctoral fellow position for 2 years, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and continuing availability of funding. An attractive compensation is offered for the right candidate.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 23 January, 2018, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

 

Senior Scientist/Scientist –Climate-smart Agriculture (West and Central Africa)

ICRISAT is seeking applications from a dynamic and highly innovative climate-smart agriculture specialist to implement the ‘’Projet d’Assistance Technique long-terme au Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable du Niger’’. The Scientist will be based at ICRISAT Niamey, Niger, and work under the supervision of the Regional Program Leader of the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics have over 2 billion people, and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru, near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. In WCA, ICRISAT has its regional hub in Mali and country programs in Niger and Nigeria. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

CCAFS is a strategic partnership between the CGIAR and Future Earth. CCAFS brings together the world’s best researchers in agricultural science, development research, climate science and earth system science, to identify and address the most important interactions, synergies and tradeoffs between climate change, agriculture and food security. For more details, see www.ccafs.cgiar.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Capacitate stakeholders through trainings on climate-smart agricultural approaches, tools and options to support the mainstreaming of CSA into PARC-DAD (Projet d’appui à la résilience climatique pour un développement agricole durable au Niger) projects implementation.
  • Support CSA mainstreaming in the targeted communal and regional development plans in Niger
  • Coordinate institutional learning activities that supports multi-sectoral planning and programming of CSA mainstreaming activities in the framework of i3N.
  • Capacitate the country’s science-policy dialogue platform on climate change and agriculture to enhance informed advisory for policy decision making on climate-smart agriculture
  • Support steering committee meetings, prepare technical and financial reports, seminar papers and publish scientific papers out of the results of the technical assistance.
  • Monitor project results through geo-referencing of rehabilitated sites
  • Contribute to and implement resources mobilization strategies        

REQUIREMENTS:

  • PhD in systems agronomy, climate change, environmental science or any related field, with a minimum of 5 years’ post-doctoral experience

COMPETENCIES:

  • Experience with participatory action research methods and with adult training in agriculture and climate change
  • Ability to work and foster synergies and promote engagement among multiple organizations for mainstreaming climate change into national development plans and policies
  • Ability to write good technical reports and to develop policy briefs and scientific articles
  • Excellent written and spoken French with Good skills in English;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with people in a multi-disciplinary environment and to be an effective team player

GENERAL:

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with a competitive salary and benefits package payable in US Dollars. The position is initially for two years and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent and funding availability.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants should apply on or before January 23, 2018, with a letter of motivation, a latest Curriculum Vitae (with nationality, age, gender, marital status), and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer.

Scientist- Agronomy / Agro-meteorology / Systems Modelling

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian Nationals for the post of Agronomy / Agro-meteorology / Systems Modelling. The position is based at ICRISAT- Patancheru Hyderabad.

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture.

ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

Preamble:  In the semi-arid agro-ecologies, empowering smallholder farmers to achieve food security and create cash earning agricultural enterprises requires a deep understanding of the tradeoffs and risks farmers face in managing their highly resource constrained and climate vulnerable systems.  ICRISAT works with the national agricultural research and extension agencies, NGO’s and higher education institutions locally and abroad to develop farm technologies and management systems, create markets and value chains based around a set of mandate crops and technologies that are well adapted to the semi-arid tropics.  Expert knowledge of agronomy and managing climate risk along with the application of systems modelling tools, enables researchers to identify intervention strategies that result in the greatest returns for the lowest risk. In this regard, farming system models such as APSIM or DSSAT have been extensively applied in the simulation of soil-crop-season interactions to understand the how historical weather analysis and forecasts (form short to seasonal) may inform management. With the increased focus on the concept of innovation systems driving the creation of inclusive market orientated development (IMOD), ICRISAT is retooling to undertake multidisciplinary research for development and systems approaches.  An agronomist/agro-meteorologist/system modeller is required for India to strengthen our team in its engagement in the framework of several programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Ability to plan, execute and evaluate field trials and demonstrations that lead to improved agronomic management practices under rainfed and irrigated conditions
  • Analysis of cropping systems to devise innovative agronomic interventions using climate forecasts and systems modelling tools
  • Find the application of climate forecasts for farm level decision making that reduce the sensitivity of farming communities to climate risk
  • Participate and contribute to on-going research in agronomy, climate risk management, assessing climate change impacts and planning for adaptation under the CCAFS and associated bilateral projects 

Requirements: 

  • Ph.D degree in agriculture, agro-meteorology, crop science or similar with experience in farming systems related research with less than 5 years of experience post Ph.D.
  • Significant expertise in the parameterization, validation and application of crop models in agronomic research and incorporation of findings into extension material and publications
  • A good understanding of the role and usefulness of climate information services in agriculture and expertise in the management and analytics of data related to climate information and predictive models of future climate
  • Good publication record, as evidenced by senior authored research papers in international refereed journals
  • Experience in working with a wide range of stakeholders and interest to work in interdisciplinary team
  • Ability and willingness to participate in field work and travel extensively in South Asia.
  • Excellence in English (both spoken and written)

Desirable Criteria

  • GIS and spatial analysis skills
  • Knowledge of other system analytical tools such as bio-economic or value chain modelling.
  • Agronomic knowledge of major crops and cropping systems of India, Myanmar
  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals and fundraise

General:

This is a Scientific & Managerial Group (SMG) position for two years, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institute’s continuing need for the position. An attractive compensation is offered for the right candidate.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 21-January-2018, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged. However, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer.

Manager – Farm Services

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian Nationals for the post of Manager – Farm Services to be based at ICRISAT’s Headquarters, Hyderabad India.

ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture.

ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Develop, manage & maintain the land and water resources, irrigation and drainage systems, farm structures, campus landscaping & orchards
  • Plan & organize the irrigation operations including maintenance & upkeep of the total system including the range of irrigation equipment
  • Plan and organize Plant Protection & Surveillance operations, monitoring pest populations, ensure timely spraying operations, through sound and safe management practices to meet research requirements
  • Organize the landscaping operations, maintenance of lawns, avenue trees, nursery and fruit orchards
  • Plan, develop, maintain & upgrade of lakes, culverts, spillways, irrigation & drainage structures, farm roads, peripheral fence & farm sheds
  • Assist in Natural Emergencies; Flooding, Fire Fighting in the campus
  • Assist the Head Farm & Engineering Services in overall management of the farm
  • Assist in training of NARS & other partners in Research Farm Management
  • Organize in-house training programs on capacity building activities; Farm Operations & Farm Safety
  • Develop/ improve/ Upgrade operations with the focus on quality, safety and efficiency.

Essential criteria: 

  • MSc in Agriculture / B. Tech Agriculture Engineering with minimum 15 years of experience
  • Expertise in soil & water conservation, irrigation and drainage systems, land development, farm structures & ground maintenance
  • Good knowledge of mechanized farm operations and Research farm management
  • Proficiency in English communication skills (both written and spoken)
  • Good computer skills, knowledge of GIS & Total station survey
  • Coordinate with research staff, liaise with NARS, public and private agricultural enterprises
  • Should be a good team player and adaptable to working in multicultural team

General:

This is a Scientific / Managerial Position (SMG) position for three years renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institute’s continuing need for the position.

How to apply

Applicants should apply on or before 7 January 2018, with a letter of motivation, latest Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged. However, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer.

National Recruitment

Research Associate (MAS) – IRRI

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian nationals for the post of Research Associate (MAS) for IRRI to be based in Hyderabad.

ICRISAT is a non-profit, apolitical, international organization for science-based agricultural development. Established in 1972, it is an Alliance of centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and supported by more than 48 governments, foundations, and development banks. To reduce poverty, enhance crop productivity and food security and to protect the environment, ICRISAT research focuses on farming systems and crop improvement, management and utilization of sorghum, pearl millet, pigeon pea, chickpea, groundnut and finger millet in the semi-arid tropics.

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), is a nonprofit scientific research organization, one of the 15 International Institutes under the consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), with headquarter at Los, Banos, Philippines. IRRI is engaged in different aspects of rice research and has its offices in sixteen countries including India.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct field and laboratory research on marker assisted introgression of different genes/QTLs for biotic and abiotic stresses.
  • Consolidate, evaluate and analyze research data related to progenies developed through introgression of genes/ QTLs for different traits into recipient varieties using appropriate advanced statistical tools independently.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, publications, and presentations by summarizing research findings and draft manuscripts for publication in refereed journals, provide inputs to project reports, prepare posters and papers for presentation at local and international conferences.
  • Collaborate with partners to obtain progress report as well as keep participating institutes as well as DBT updated on marker development, crosses attempted.

Competencies:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Proficiency in Computer skills (MS Office, data analysis);
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team, adaptable to working in multicultural environment.

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. (Ag) in Plant Breeding and Genetics/Biotechnology and related streams ;
  • Preference will be given to candidate having experience in handling of breeding trials and marker assisted introgression of genes/ QTLs;
  • Experience on working with rice is desirable.

General:

This is a Consolidated position. It is initially for 7 months and shall be renewed further based on performance of the candidate and funding availability. An attractive compensation is offered for the right candidate.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 22 January 2018, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

 

Research Associate (DSR) – IRRI

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian nationals for the post of Research Associate (DSR) for IRRI to be based in Hyderabad.

ICRISAT is a non-profit, apolitical, international organization for science-based agricultural development. Established in 1972, it is an Alliance of centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and supported by more than 48 governments, foundations, and development banks. To reduce poverty, enhance crop productivity and food security and to protect the environment, ICRISAT research focuses on farming systems and crop improvement, management and utilization of sorghum, pearl millet, pigeon pea, chickpea, groundnut and finger millet in the semi-arid tropics.

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), is a nonprofit scientific research organization, one of the 15 International Institutes under the consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), with headquarter at Los, Banos, Philippines. IRRI is engaged in different aspects of rice research and has its offices in sixteen countries including India.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop breeding populations by combining different traits to develop high yielding water and labor saving rice varieties for dry direct seeded aerobic conditions.
  • Identify markers for traits important for yield under dry direct seeded situation and biotic stress resistance and evaluate complex crosses progenies for presence of markers to enable selection of plants with different combination of genes/QTLs.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, publications, and presentations by summarizing research findings and draft manuscripts for publication in refereed journals, provide inputs to project reports, prepare posters and papers for presentation at local and international conferences.
  • Collaborate with partners to obtain progress report as well as keep participating institutes as well as DBT updated on marker development, crosses attempted.

Competencies:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Proficiency in Computer skills (MS Office, data analysis);
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team, adaptable to working in multicultural environment.

Requirements:

  •  Ph.D. (Ag) in Plant Breeding and Genetics/Biotechnology and related streams ;
  • Preference will be given to candidate having experience in handling of breeding trials and marker assisted introgression of genes/ QTLs;
  • Experience on working with rice is desirable.

General:

This is a Consolidated position. It is initially for two years 10 months and shall be renewed further based on performance of the candidate and funding availability. An attractive compensation is offered for the right candidate.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 22 January 2018, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

 

Senior Research Fellow – IRRI

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian nationals for the post of Senior Research Fellow for IRRI to be based in Hyderabad.

ICRISAT is a non-profit, apolitical, international organization for science-based agricultural development. Established in 1972, it is an Alliance of centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and supported by more than 48 governments, foundations, and development banks. To reduce poverty, enhance crop productivity and food security and to protect the environment, ICRISAT research focuses on farming systems and crop improvement, management and utilization of sorghum, pearl millet, pigeon pea, chickpea, groundnut and finger millet in the semi-arid tropics.

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), is a nonprofit scientific research organization, one of the 15 International Institutes under the consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), with headquarter at Los, Banos, Philippines. IRRI is engaged in different aspects of rice research and has its offices in sixteen countries including India. 

Responsibilities:

  • Develop breeding populations by combining different traits to develop high yielding water and labor saving rice varieties for dry direct seeded aerobic conditions.
  • Identify markers for traits important for yield under dry direct seeded situation and biotic stress resistance and evaluate complex crosses progenies for presence of markers to enable selection of plants with different combination of genes/QTLs.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, publications, and presentations by summarizing research findings and draft manuscripts for publication in refereed journals, provide inputs to project reports, prepare posters and papers for presentation at local and international conferences.
  • Collaborate with partners to obtain progress report as well as keep participating institutes as well as DBT updated on marker development, crosses attempted.

Competencies:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Proficiency in Computer skills (MS Office, data analysis);
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team, adaptable to working in multicultural environment.

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. (Ag) in Plant Breeding and Genetics/Biotechnology and related streams ;
  • Preference will be given to candidate having experience in handling of breeding trials and marker assisted introgression of genes/ QTLs;
  • Experience on working with rice is desirable.

General:

This is a Consolidated position. It is initially for two years 10 months and shall be renewed further based on performance of the candidate and funding availability. An attractive compensation is offered for the right candidate. 

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 22 January 2018, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

 

Scientific Officer – IRRI

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian nationals for the post of Scientific Officer for IRRI to be based in Hyderabad.

ICRISAT is a non-profit, apolitical, international organization for science-based agricultural development. Established in 1972, it is an Alliance of centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and supported by more than 48 governments, foundations, and development banks. To reduce poverty, enhance crop productivity and food security and to protect the environment, ICRISAT research focuses on farming systems and crop improvement, management and utilization of sorghum, pearl millet, pigeon pea, chickpea, groundnut and finger millet in the semi-arid tropics.

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), is a nonprofit scientific research organization, one of the 15 International Institutes under the consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), with headquarter at Los, Banos, Philippines. IRRI is engaged in different aspects of rice research and has its offices in sixteen countries including India.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and carryout field experiments to evaluate Zinc Bio-fortified breeding lines.
  • Analysis of micro-nutrient and quality traits in rice grains.
  • Make new crosses, plant selections, maintain pedigrees and advanced rice nurseries
  • Data compilation, statistical analysis, preparing work plan and report writing
  • Co-ordinate seed exchange between IRRI and ICRISAT-Hub, and with national partners involved in the activities of Harvest Plus project.
  • Ensure seed multiplication of identified promising lines in the project for participatory varietal trials.
  • Supervise research technicians, contractual workers and maintain proper work plan and payment schedule for contractual workers.
  • Perform all other related duties that may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor. 

Competencies:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Proficiency in Computer skills (MS Office, data analysis);
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team, adaptable to working in multicultural environment.

Requirements:

  • M.Sc. (Ag) in Plant Breeding and Genetics;
  • 2-3 years’ experience in conducting field experiments and handling of breeding trials;
  • Knowledge of plant breeding designs, data analysis, report compilation, seed exchange and coordination;
  • Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge on rice bio-fortification and marker assisted breeding.
  • Excellent verbal and written English and regional language are necessary

General:

 Applicants should apply on or before 22 January 2018, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

How to apply:

This is a Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position. It is initially for one year and shall be renewed further based on performance of the candidate and funding availability. An attractive compensation is offered for the right candidate.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

 

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