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Visiting Scientist - IDC

ICRISAT is seeking applications from Indian Nationals for the Position of “Visiting Scientist “. The incumbents will be based at Patancheru/Karnataka, Telangana State, India

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972 is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

ICRISAT Development Center (IDC) is undertaking large-scale uptake of science-backed technologies to achieve major impact in reducing poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation across Asia and Africa. IDC will also be a platform to capture lessons learnt, monitoring, evaluation and learning (ME&L). IDC is doing (a) taking (science-backed) proven technologies; (b) working with the right partners to take these out on a very large scale to reach the people; and (c) capturing lessons on how to do large scale adoption.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in conducting on-farm trials for productivity enhancement in different districts of Karnataka
  • Conduct training courses in specified areas as per ICRISAT guidelines.
  • Coordinate the activities in selected districts for the Bhoosamrudhi/Bhoochetana/ Sujala Projects
  • Assist in developing and evaluating technologies for different projects in Karnataka.
  • Support in Report Generation and help the Program Coordinator as needed.

The Person:

  • PhD in Agriculture Entomology/Agronomy/Soil Science/Horticulture preferably with 2-3 years of experience
  • Good team player in cross-functional environments
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

The Position:

This is a Visiting Scientist position with competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for two years, and extendable depending on project requirement and performance of the incumbent.

How to apply: Applicants should apply on or before 15 August 2016, with 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 and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff. ICRISAT has a flexible approach to international appointments and welcomes dual-career couples.

Senior Scientist/Scientist – Pearl Millet Breeding

ICRISAT invites applications for a dynamic and motivated Cereal Breeder to lead pearl millet improvement in West and Central Africa (WCA) within a multi-disciplinary team comprising both biological and social scientists. The position is based at the ICRISAT Niamey, Niger, within the West & Central Africa Research Program, and reports to the Regional Director for WCA.

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 is home to over 2 billion people, with 650 million of these being the poorest of the poor. 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 6 of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead ICRISAT pearl millet improvement in West and Central Africa
  • Design and implement an efficient breeding program to develop pearl millet varieties, hybrid parents and hybrids with adaptability to the growing conditions in West and Central Africa, and that respond to the needs of main stakeholders.
  • Plan and conduct the program in partnership with National Programs and other major stakeholders in the Region
  • Interact with ICRISAT scientists at other locations, particularly colleagues in the Global Research Program on Genetic Gains, in order to accelerate genetic gain and breeding efficiency and to develop and implement improved breeding methods and processes.
  • Provide scientific leadership and creativity in designing and executing projects within the Region and across ICRISAT
  • Use the appropriate data, pedigree, and computer software to manage the breeding program, design trials and analyze results
  • Summarize and interpret the data of the experiments conducted
  • Develop a close collaboration with the public and private (where they exist) national breeding and research programs in West and Central Africa
  • Contribute to the pearl millet R4D agenda and to the development of strategic partnership
  • Lead project development and resource mobilization for ICRISAT and partners involved in pearl millet improvement in West and Central Africa
  • Produce scientific publications, reports, and presentations as required
  • Organize and supervise the work of research support staff
  • Contribute to enhancing capacity building of partners in the region through degree and non-degree training
  • Represent ICRISAT in different fora as appropriate and required
  • Performs other duties

Eligibility and Qualification:

  • PhD in genetics and/or plant breeding  with 3-5 years post-Graduate breeding experience, with an interest in both basic research and development-oriented on-farm research
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in international agricultural research, in particular to conduct research to benefit smallholder farmers in West Africa
  • Experience or familiarity with quantitative/population genetics, genomics tools for enhancing efficiency applied to breeding program
  • Experience in running a field-based research program to gain precise and reliable phenotypic data
  • Demonstrated capacity in implementing participatory research methods
  • Experience with variety development and release as well as effective seed dissemination
  • Statistical skills, knowledge of computer applications and software for data collection, management and analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, and interest to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Project management experience delivering project reports and managing budgets
  • Good track record in project reporting, proposal development, and publication in internationally peer reviewed journals;
  • Willingness to travel extensively in the region and globally
  • Fluency in English with excellent written/oral communication and presentation skills; working knowledge of French is highly desirable

The Reward:

This is an internationally recruited staff position with an attractive compensation and benefits package. The position is initially for three years, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent, requirement for the position and availability of funds

 Last date to submit application: 15 –Aug -2016

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

ICRISAT invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral fellow – Plant Breeding and Seed Systems This position is based at ICRISAT Malawi hosted by Chitedze Agricultural Research Institute Lilongwe. This position reports to the Scientist.

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972 is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

 Job Responsibilities

  • Lead a team of scientific officers and technicians in deployment of new advances in genomics and genetics to develop resilient groundnut varieties.
  • Work with the Global Genetics Gains Program in pre-breeding, forward breeding activities.
  • Collaborate with the Global and Regional ICRISAT and NARS scientists in breeding new groundnut varieties for east and southern Africa.
  • Support groundnut and other legume seed systems activities in the region through both management and technical roles
  • Work with ICRISAT and other scientists to apply genomic selection-based breeding designs in collaboration with other quantitative geneticists and plant breeders.
  • Work with and/or supporting National Agricultural Research Systems to breed and release groundnuts varieties.
  • Engage National Extension Services, private sector and Civil society to promote new varieties and support emergence of seed based enterprises
  • Lead a team of technician and scientific officers working closely with the overall team leader in groundnut breeding and seed systems
  • Generate Scientific and Technical Reports.

Essential Criteria:

  • Hold a doctoral degree in Plant Breeding, agronomy, biology, genetics or related discipline obtained preferably within the last three years
  • Working knowledge of Plant breeding and some experience in seed systems
  • Knowledge of molecular biology and its applications in plant breeding especially marker assisted breeding
  • Demonstrate evidence of scholarly growth with at least one publication in refereed journals.
  • Strong Team Player with Excellent Communication Skills.

General

The position is for Three 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 4-August-2016, with a letter of motivation, 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 and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff

National Recruitment

Scientific Officer – Rythu Kosam Project

ICRISAT invites applications from dynamic and young Indian nationals for the position of Scientific Officer – Rythu Kosam Project for ICRISAT. The position is based at Guntur and Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India. This position reports to Regional Director – Asia.

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972 is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.   

Job Responsibilities

  • Supervise on-farm farmer participatory action research trials in different districts of Andhra Pradesh
  • Constant interactions with the farmers, researchers and Department of Agriculture officials and act as a liaison person in the district
  • Travel within the district and providing technical support to the Farm Facilitators/Lead Farmers and Farmers in the district
  • Recording of scientific data, prepare draft reports, collecting of the information about the farmers and undertaking the crop cutting experiments to record yields in the demonstration plots and guide technicians based in the districts
  • Regular and timely reporting for district activities and provide updates to supervisor

Essential Criteria:

  • M.Sc (Agri) / M.Sc (Hort) / M.Sc (Vet) / M.Sc in Biological Sciences preferably with 1-2 years of experience
  • Fluency in English and Telugu will be preferred
  • The candidate should have aptitude and skills to draft reports, papers and communication skills
  • Knowledge and fluency in use of M.S. Office is essential

Competencies:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English is essential.
  • Well versed with Computer operations and digital reporting
  • People with flair for field work, group interactions and suitable experience will be preferred
  • Work in inter-disciplinary team in multicultural and multinational environment and the ability to interact with partner organizations

General:

The position is 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 18-August-2016, with a letter of motivation, 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 and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff

Research Technician - Rythu Kosam Project

ICRISAT invites applications from dynamic and young Indian nationals for the position of Research Technician for Rythu Kosam Project – ICRISAT. The position is based at Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India. This position reports to Regional Director- Asia.

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972 is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org 

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct participatory field trials with farmers at Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh and collect high quality data sets required for scientific research
  • Day to day supervision of various activities in the farmers’ fields and collection, compilation and tabulation of data
  • Train the farmers/farm facilitators and provide technical support, maintaining improved interventions at benchmark locations
  • Record scientific data, collecting of the information about the farmers and undertaking the crop cutting experiments to record yields in the demonstration plots
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities as entrusted by supervisor

Essential Criteria:

  • B.Sc (Agri) / B.Sc in Biological Sciences / Graduate from any stream with essential knowledge of agricultural crops, livestock with first class
  • Proficiency in English and Telugu (written and spoken)
  • Person with flair for field work, group interactions and suitable experience will be preferred

Competencies:

  • Fluent in English and local language
  • Proficiency in computer skills (MS Office, data analysis)
  • Should be a good team player and adaptable to working in multicultural team

General:

The position is for Two year, 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 24-August-2016, with a letter of motivation, 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 and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff

Scientific Officer – Cereal Pathology

ICRISAT is seeking applications from Indian Nationals for the Position of “Scientific Officer-Cereals Pathology”. The incumbents will be based at Patancheru, Telangana State, India

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972 is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org

Job responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate greenhouse and field screening of Germplasm/Breeding lines of Pearl millet and Sorghum for disease resistance.
  2. Conduct disease nurseries and on-farm survey.
  3. Execute planned scientific experiments , data collection, data analysis a prepare draft reports.
  4. Supervise various field and greenhouse operations and manage laboratory inventories.

Essential criteria:

  1. M. Sc. in Plant Pathology with 2-3 years of relevant experience
  2. High skill of culturing, maintaining and increasing inoculum of fungal pathogens
  3. Proficiency in Computer skills (Ms- Office, data analysis)
  4. Aptitude to work collegially and collaboratively in diverse multicultural environments

This is a locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position with competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for three years, and renewable depending on performance of the incumbent. 

How to apply: 

Applicants should apply on or before 15-August-2016, with a letter of motivation, 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 and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff

Communication Officer

ICRISAT invites applications from dynamic and young Indian nationals for the position of Communication officer. This position is based at ICRISAT Headquarters, near Greater Hyderabad, Telangana State, India. This position reports to Director, Strategic Marketing and Communication.

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972 is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

The Strategic Marketing and Communications unit is responsible for overseeing all of ICRISAT’s corporate communications. This includes the corporate website, press releases, flyers, posters, research reports, bulletins, and scientific communication. The unit also provides editorial and publishing services to all other units of ICRISAT in India and across its offices in Africa. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Write stories, summaries and media releases that capture attention and that turn scientific advances in to real life connection.
  • Write, edit and produce marketing and communication/information materials.
  • Write and edit content for the ICRISAT website
  • Keep current with emerging web publishing technologies
  • Write or edit marketing and corporate communication material
  • Contribute to communications strategies
  • Support production of all communications videos
  • Write and edit impact assessment stories and profiling success stories from donor reports

Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Experience of web publishing, contributing content for websites
  • Knowledge of social media strategies
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Experience working in a multicultural team will be preferred
  • Ability to work on own as well as in a team depending on the need
  • Creative and able to execute ideas

Requirements: 

  • Masters’ degree in science communications or similar field
  • 4-5 years of relevant experience as digital writer / editor for science-based content
  • Experience in writing science-based stories and editing scientific articles, reports and publications 

General:  

This is a locally recruited 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 12-August-2016, 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 and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff

Scientific Officer - IRRI

ICRISAT invites applications from dynamic and young Indian nationals for the position of Scientific Officer for International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).This position is based at ICRISAT Headquarters, near Greater Hyderabad, Telangana State, India. This position reports to the Senior Scientist – Rice Breeder.

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972 is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Facilitate evaluation of breeding lines, frame out experiments, randomization, data analysis, and report compilation
  • Compile trials data from BMGF partners in South Asia, prepare work plan and conduct trials monitoring
  • Co-ordinate seed exchange with national partners involved in the activities of BMGF project, carry out seed multiplication of seed received from national partners and ensure on time seed dispatch to all partners of the BMGF project
  • Ensure seed multiplication of identified promising lines in the project for MET and participatory varietal trials
  • Supervise research technicians, contractual workers and maintain proper work plan and payment schedule for contractual workers

Essential Criteria:

  • M.Sc (Ag) and Ph.D in Plant Breeding and genetics
  • 2-3 years’ experience on germplasm evaluation in breeding trials and rice breeding
  • Knowledge of plant breeding design, trials, data analysis, data and report compilation, seed exchange and coordination
  • Proficiency in Computer skills (Ms- Office, data analysis)
  • Preference to candidates with knowledge on molecular breeding and marker assisted introgression of QTLs to improve grain yield and other traits
  • Excellent verbal and written English and regional language are necessary
  • Should be a good team player and adaptable to working in multicultural team

General:

The position is for one year, 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 5-August-2016, with a letter of motivation, 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 and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff

Scientific Officer – Socio-Economics

ICRISAT invites applications from dynamic and young Indian nationals for the position of Scientific Officer – Socio-Economics for International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). This position is based at ICRISAT Headquarters, near Greater Hyderabad, Telangana State, India. This position reports to Senior Physiologist.

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972 is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org 

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the project: Climate resilient maize for Asia (CRMA) for ensuring food security and enhancing income for resource-poor farming communities in the tropics in identifying appropriate study sites within the project target environments and contribute to seed sector scoping studies accordingly.
  • Compile relevant secondary information on maize production, markets, sector actors and policies, esp. regarding rain-fed stress-prone environments obtained from project partners.
  • Conduct context interviews with seed stakeholders in the study area in collaboration with partner seed companies and NGOs in the project.
  • Conduct seed sector scoping studies and compile market maps at district level in the targeted environments of the CRMA project.
  • Assess farmers’ perceptions on new-stress resilient maize cultivars dis-aggregated by socio- economic parameters, including farm size, ethnicity and gender, applying Focus Group Discussions (FGD), stakeholder interviews and rapid adoption surveys.
  • Collect data and analyse changes in maize production and farm household’s income through rapid adoption surveys in target ecologies.

The job will require to:

  • Collaborate with the project leader, economist and scientists from other disciplines (esp. Agronomy and Plant Breeding) and project partners to assess maize-based farming system and related institutions in the region to improve rural incomes and livelihood opportunities.
  • Write up findings and contribute to academic publications.

Essential Criteria:

  • Masters’ degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Development, Rural Development, Economics or related field, with particular interest in quantitative and qualitative analysis primary survey and secondary data and interest in seed systems.
  • 2-3 year of work experience in the field of expertise.
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection.
  • Familiarity and experience with household and regional level surveys.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to process both quantitative as well as qualitative information
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including gender sensitivity and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams as well as to develop strong and effective working relationships with partners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including ability to present coherent and convincing analyses to different audiences.
  • Ability to travel and undertake fieldwork in rural contexts.
  • Good working knowledge of statistical and econometric software packages (esp. SPSS, Stata), experience in data base management, Microsoft packages and electronic communication tools.

General:

The position is 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 04-August-2016, with a letter of motivation, 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 and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff

Scientific Officer

ICRISAT invites for the position of Scientific Officer at Pearl Millet Breeding. This position is based at ICRISAT Headquarters, Patancheru, Telangana, India

ICRISAT is a non-profit organization that helps empower poor people in the rural drylands of Africa and Asia to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, through making agriculture profitable and sustainable.  We achieve this through scientific advancements and working in partnership. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

Job responsibilities:

  1. Responsibility in maintaining breeding nurseries and trials records.
  2. Monitoring partner’s locations trials and breeding nurseries and data collection.
  3. Digitalizing breeding and field trials data and its management for BMS.
  4. Handling breeding operations such as crossing, back crossing, selfing and seed production etc.,
  5. Executing the planned scientific experiments and data analyses.
  6. Handling cold storage materials and its record for millet breeding program.
  7. Provide help and support to various on-going research activities in the unit
  8. Provide support to scientist in drafting mid-term/annual reports and other related jobs from time to time

Essential criteria:

  1. M.Sc. in Plant Breeding and Genetics/Plant Genetics from a reputed university with sound academic records
  2. Candidate having more than 3 years of working experience in breeding techniques and its operations will be preferred
  3. Working knowledge on crop breeding and field designs for trials planning and randomization is highly preferred
  4. Skillful in field data collection, management methods and ability to use spreadsheets (eg.Excel, MS Access) and field tabs.

Desirable criteria: 

  1. Proficiency in English communication skills (both written and spoken)
  2. Acumen for breeding-pedigree data management and data analysis skills is desirable
  3. Should be a good team player and adaptable to working in multicultural team
  4. Knowledge on grain micronutrients and its estimation methods is highly desirable

How to apply: This is a Locally recruited staff (LRS) position with competitive salary and benefits package. The position is initially for three years, and renewable depending on performance of the incumbent. 

How to apply: 

Applicants should apply on or before 24-July-2016, with a letter of motivation, 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 and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff

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