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Global Head of Breeding

ICRISAT seeks applications for Global Head of Breeding to be based at ICRISAT’s Headquarters in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India. The position reports to the Deputy Director General – Research.

The Global Head of Breeding is a new position at ICRISAT and will have line responsibility for ICRISAT’s 15 crop breeding programs based in India and sub-Saharan Africa. This position will manage the technical components of breeding programs with expectations of strengthening ICRISAT’s breeding capacity through fostering the introduction of processes and guidelines for effective product development.

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: 

  • Lead the development of ICRISAT breeding program strategy to enhance genetic gains for dryland cereals and legumes
  • Oversee breeding program operations across all breeding zones and lead implementation of systems, procedures and guidelines for effective product development
  • Provide guidance to modernize breeding programs in areas such as breeding methodology, phenotyping, application of molecular tools, mechanization, and automation of operations, testing strategy and data analysis and interpretation
  • Lead ICRISAT breeding program integration effort across all support functions
  • Ensure breeding pipelines are properly aligned with product concepts and the target population of the environment (TPE)
  • Develop and utilize methods to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of breeding programs the Institute supports
  • Support development of training programs to upgrade skills of scientists and support personnel.
  • Develop proposals to fund operations and breeding program modernization at ICRISAT and at national programs level
  • Coordinate closely with CGIAR initiatives, CRPs and platforms, such as the Excellence in Breeding Platform 

Essential criteria: 

  • PhD in plant breeding or related fields with a minimum of 10 years of post-doctoral experience
  • In-depth understanding of practical breeding applications and logistical constraints relevant to breeding programs targeting the developing world including those from the CGIAR, national systems and the private sector
  • Excellent understanding of new and established tools that pragmatically support modern breeding application and capacity development approaches that will accelerate their use in breeding programs targeting the developing world
  • Experience in:
    1. Leading multi-institutional programs or projects.
    2. Developing strategies and results-based management frameworks (workplans, budgets, monitoring plans, reports).
    3. Building consensus among diverse needs of clients.
    4. Service provision and capacity development in areas relevant to ICRISAT Programs.
    5. Fund-raising.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work and lead teams and support collaboration
  • Excellent oral, written, and communication skills in English. French will be an advantage 

Desirable criteria: 

  • Experience in the private sector within Africa would be an advantage
  • Demonstrated championing the critical areas of gender, youth, nutrition, knowledge sharing and innovation
  • Demonstration of an entrepreneurial spirit with aptitude for innovation

General:

This is an internationally recruited staff (IRS) position with an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package payable in US dollars.

How to apply

Applicants should apply on or before September 30, 2017, 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

Project Site Coordinator- World Vegetable Center

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian nationals for the post of Project Site Coordinator for the World Vegetable Center to lead the vegetable research and extension services for its project in the states of Odisha and Jharkhand, India. The project is funded by the Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI). Candidate selected for this position will work closely with three other WorldVeg projects in these states and the research support team located at WorldVeg regional headquarters in Hyderabad, India.

The World Vegetable Centre is an international non-profit research and development center committed to alleviating poverty and malnutrition in developing countries through the increased production and consumption of nutritious and health-promoting vegetables. Founded in 1971 with headquarters in Taiwan, the Center’s global work covers East and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Central Asia. For more information please visit our website: avrdc.org.

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: 

  • Provide leadership in coordinating on-farm varietal trials, and implementing integrated pest management technologies and improved soil management trials and demonstrations in close coordination with the CInI team
  • Supervise a team of four Project Technical Officers in Odisha and Jharkhand to implement on-farm trials, training programs and other field activities
  • Establish and maintain good communication links between the CInI project manager, project partners, team members and farmers to ensure effective field implementation of improved vegetable cultivation practices
  • Develop and promote vegetable cropping calendars for key locations in the two states that can lead to farmer incomes of at least Rs60,000/annum
  • Organize and coordinate trainings to strengthen the capacity of local partners in carrying out research and extension activities for vegetable growers
  • Provide technical support to entrepreneurial farmers involved in high end nursery enterprises
  • Develop extension training materials, regular seasonal progress reports and annual work plans, financial reports, and presentations as needed by project stakeholders 

Competencies:

  • Extensive experience in commercial vegetable research and extension work
  • Proven experience in effectively managing teams, and working closely with public and private sector partners to implement vegetable research and development projects
  • Keen analytical skills and ability to conduct, monitor and evaluate experimental trials
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and an excellent team player
  • Proficiency in the use of various software applications (MS Word, MS Excel) and adequate knowledge and practical experience in handling variety evaluation trials
  • Energetic, entrepreneurial and enthusiastic personality with an urge to improve agricultural systems

Requirements: 

PhD in agriculture/horticulture with at least five years’ experience working in vegetable crops. However, a Master’s degree in horticulture and extensive practical experience in vegetable would also be very favorably considered

General:

This is a consolidated position 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 24-September-2017, 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 / Bioinformatician

ICRISAT invites applications from dynamic and Indian nationals for the post of Scientific Officer / Bioinformatics in Statistics, Bioinformatics & Data Management Theme. This position is based at ICRISAT Headquarters, Patancheru, Telangana State, 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.

Job Responsibilities:-

  • Develop computational methods, algorithms and pipelines
  • Bioinformatics research support
  • Discovery of candidate genes and gene network through approaches of computational genomics
  • Analyze next-generation sequencing data (Whole genome and/or transcriptome) to complement the above analysis
  • Contribute to project report writing and preparation of research publications

Requirements:

  • Master degree in Bioinformatics or Life Sciences or Systems Biology with experience of computational genome biology
  • Compulsory knowledge of programming and scripting languages (either Perl, Python)
  • Compulsory knowledge of Next-generation sequencing data handling.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis languages such as R will be preferred.
  • Proficiency in English communication skills (both written and spoken).
  • Strong knowledge of computational analysis of genome sequence data.
  • Should be familiar in working on Unix/Linux operating systems.
  • Should be a good team player and adaptable to working in multicultural team.

General:

This is a locally recruited staff (LRS) position for three years and renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and funding availability, and the Institute’s continuing need for the position.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 24-September-2017, 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.

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