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Regional Scientist – Pearl Millet Breeding

ICRISAT invites applications for a dynamic and motivated Cereal Breeder to engage with pearl millet biofortification program 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 are 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:

  • Responsible for implementing pearl millet biofortification research and development program in the West and Central Africa regions
  • Design and implement an efficient biofortification breeding agenda to develop superior 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.
  • Handle harvested materials to establish inventories of seed stocks from which to draw genotypes for specific plant breeding analyses.
  • Plan and conduct the biannual planning and review meetings in partnership with national Programs and other major stakeholders
  • Interact with ICRISAT scientists at other locations, including breeders in the Research Program-Asia, in order to material exchange and accelerate breeding efficiency to strengthen biofortification program at WCA
  • Provide scientific contribution 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 and interpret the data of the experiments conducted to publish in reputed journals
  • Develop a close collaboration with the public and private breeding programs in West and Central Africa to deliver and upscale promising cultivars
  • Develop annual work plan, budget and technical project reports and submission in-time to donors through crop leader.
  • Organize and contribute to enhance capacity building of partners in the region through training/workshop on biofortification aspects in coordination with ICRISAT-Harvest Plus team. 

Eligibility and Qualification:

  • PhD in genetics and/or plant breeding  with 4-5 years post-doc breeding experience in both basic and development-oriented/on-farm research
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in international agricultural research, particular to conduct research to benefit smallholder farmers
  • Experience or familiarity with quantitative methods, population genetics, genomics and data management tools for enhancing breeding efficiency
  • Experience in executing a field-based research/breeding program and phenotyping
  • Demonstrated capacity in variety development, release and maintenance as well as effective seed dissemination and implementing participatory research methods
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in multicultural partnerships and interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience in Project development, management, delivering project reports and managing budgets efficiently and good track record in publications
  • 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

General:

This is a position in a Scientific and Managerial group (SMG Cadre) 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 31-December-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

Scientist -Entomology

ICRISAT invites applications from Indian nationals for the post of Scientist -Entomology to be based at Patancheru, Telangana, India. 

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, and groundnut in the semi-arid tropics.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Plan and manage R&D on globally important insect pests of grain legumes and cereals of ICRISAT mandate cops to address the knowledge gap.
  2. Plan and conduct studies on insect biology, population dynamics and insect-host plant interactions to design IPM for cereals\grain legume production systems.
  3. Work in close collaboration with scientists in other disciplines to develop insect resistant cultivars for pest management.
  4. Evaluation of germplasm, breeding lines, mapping populations, and transgenic plants for insect resistance in cereals/ grain legumes.
  5. Develop project proposals for donor funding.

Essential Criteria

  1. PhD in Entomology with more than three years of experience in working on insect biology, insect rearing, techniques to screen for insect resistance, biochemical and molecular mechanisms of insect plant interactions, and pest management.
  2. High proficiency in communication skills, and a proven record of communicating research in journals of international repute.
  3. Ability to write projects for funding by the donor agencies.
  4. Should be a good team player and have experience working in multicultural team.

General:

This is a position in a Scientific and Managerial group (SMG Cadre) 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 28-December-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

Head – ICRISAT Genebank

ICRISAT is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual as the Head of its International Genebank. The ICRISAT Genebank maintains a large ex situ collection of over 124, 000 accessions of its mandate crops; sorghum, pearl millet, chickpea, pigeon pea, groundnut, finger millet and five small millets from 144 countries. It has a large medium term and long-term storage facility in Patancheru and small collections at three regional locations (Nairobi, Kenya; Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and Niamey, Niger). The Head of the ICRISAT Genebank will be fully responsible for operations at all of these locations.

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 of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org

Job Responsibilities

  1. Ensure that all of ICRISAT’s ex situ conservation activities are regularly monitored, documented and proved to meet international standards, and that ICRISAT fulfills its obligations to the international community to secure their collections, make them available, and enhance their use for the future. This includes the management of conservation and distribution of accessions in regional stations.
  2. Ensure the safety backup of the accessions at appropriate locations following international protocols and agreements.
  3. Ensure the documentation of the accessions is as complete as possible and easily available to enhance the conservation and use of the collections. Oversee the development of ICRISAT’s new data system in GRIN-Global and ensure regular updates to the web portal, Genesys.
  4. Ensure reporting obligations to the Genebank Platform and the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture are fully complied with.
  5. Contribute actively to planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting collective and individual Center activities under the Genebank Platform.
  6. Coordinate activities and events with other CGIAR genebank managers and with the staff of the Crop Trust.
  7. Monitor, manage and take full responsibility for the use of annual funding provided by the Genebank Platform.
  8. Develop and implement ICRISAT’s approach to developing a single integrated genebank in multiple locations. This will require close collaboration with CGIAR Centers and partners in the regions and supervision of ICRISAT regional staff..
  9. Interact with the Government of India to facilitate the safe movement of germplasm to and from India.
  10. Conduct and contribute to research within ICRISAT and with partners to improve the efficiency of conservation and use of the collection
  11. Publish research results in international peer-reviewed journals.
  12. Orient and evaluate the Staff after setting individual and team work plans, and develop human talent of the Genebank staff at all locations.
  13. Plan and manage the budget in full accordance with the Genebank Platform and ICRISAT policies.
  14. Develop and submit grant proposals in relation to research issues for the conservation, increase and utilization of the collections, and participate other major initiatives for the conservation or enhancement of the in-trust collections.
  15. Coordinate regional partnerships in the conservation, dissemination, evaluation, or use of genetic resources.
  16. Represent ICRISAT in international forums on plant genetic resources and participate into the ad hoc committees of the CGIAR on plant genetic resources and related issues.

Personal Profile and Competencies

  1. PhD in plant breeding, genetics, economic botany, seed/tissue physiology or closely related discipline, with at least 10 years of postdoctoral experience including at least 5 years’ experience in the operation of an international/regional or national genebank involving crops with different levels of outcrossing and propagation
  2. Expertise in population genetics, breeding systems, crop evolution, seed physiology and pathology relevant to the conservation and distribution of crop germplasm including wild relatives.
  3. Understanding of international laws related various treaties, conventions and protocols governing access and benefit sharing of crop genetic resources, of plant phytosanitary regulations and of intellectual property rights impacting on the movement of crop germplasm and genebank operations.
  4. Understanding of crop genetic diversity in collections, including the identification of gaps in the collections and strategies to fill such gaps
  5. Track record of publications in crop genetic resources in international peer-reviewed journals.
  6. Successful experience in fund raising, writing of project proposals and management of research projects.
  7. Knowledge of advances in genomics for enhanced utilization of genetic resources in crop improvement programs.
  8. Demonstrated leadership competencies
  9. Fluency in spoken and written English
  10. Excellent inter-personal relationships skills with proven ability to organize work completion within time and meeting deadlines, to motivate staff towards performance in genebank operations, to inspire professional staff in their own research activities, and to interact with colleagues in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment

The Reward:

This is an internationally recruited staff (IRS) position at the Senior/Principal Scientist level with an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package payable in US dollars. An attractive compensation will be offered to the right candidate. The position is initially for three years , and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent.

How to apply: 

Applicants should apply on or before 15-December 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

National Recruitment

Senior Officer – Talent Acquisition

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian Nationals for the post of Senior Officer – Talent Acquisition. The position is based at ICRISAT- Patancheru Hyderabad and reports to Senior Manager – Human Resources. 

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: 

  • Anchor a robust & seamless recruitment process. This includes finalizing job descriptions in consultation with hiring managers, advising appropriate levels based on the competencies required for the role and advertising positions
  • Evaluate various channels of recruitment including the market best practices and implement appropriate best practices
  • Build a proactive and productive relationship with the hiring managers and external recruitment agencies
  • Monitor the recruitment process through effective MIS/ dashboards
  • Maintain a strong data base of potential candidates
  • Develop and execute social media communication strategy for different job profiles and functions in the organization
  • Build a strong network of consultants / media partners who will help in identifying the talent pool as per institute’s requirement
  • Single point of contact for managers/program heads on all recruitment requirements.

Competencies:

  • Well versed with talent profiling techniques
  • Good communications and presentation skills
  • Strong knowledge of recruitment tools
  • Competency based interviewing skills
  • Proven skills and knowledge in hiring through various social media and online forums
  • Ability to work in multicultural teams 

Requirements:

  • Graduate with full time PG Degree in Human Resource Management
  • 4-5 years of relevant experience with at least 2 years of hands on experience in recruitment.

General:

This is Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position 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 11-December-2016, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references who would be knowledgeable of 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

Junior Research Fellow – Genetic Gains Program

 

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian Nationals for the post of Junior Research Fellow. The position is based at ICRISAT- Patancheru Hyderabad and reports to the Theme Leader- Pre-breeding.

 

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:

 

  • Perform scientific research activities related to pre-breeding utilizing wild Cicer species for chickpea improvement under laboratory, greenhouse and field conditions under the supervision of the lead scientist
  • Provide technical help in designing and implementing research experiments
  • Manage and coordinate day-to-day research activities
  • Data collection, and statistical analysis of experimental data
  • Maintain and update electronic databases
  • Assist the scientist in the preparation of technical reports, research articles and other related jobs.

 

Requirements:

 

  • Post Graduate (M.Sc./ M. Tech) in Plant Breeding and Genetics/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Botany from a reputed university with good academic record
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in a research institute, university or private sector company
  • Ability to work under field conditions for extended hours
  • Good knowledge of data management methods and ability to use spreadsheets and statistical software
  • Candidate having hands-on experience in wide hybridization, plant tissue culture techniques and use of molecular markers preferred
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Good knowledge in data analysis desirable
  • Good team player and adaptable to working in a multicultural team

 

General:

 

The position is for two years 10 months, 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 14-December-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 - Rythu Kosam Project

 

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian Nationals for the post of Scientific Officer – Rythu Kosam Project. The position is based in Andhra Pradesh and reports to the Regional Director – Asia.

 

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: 

 

  • 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 provide technical support to the Farm Facilitators/Lead Farmers and Farmers in the district
  • Record 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 update to supervisors

 

Competencies: 

 

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

 

Requirements: 

 

  • M.Sc (Agri) / M.Sc (Hort) / M.Sc (Vet) / M.Sc in Biological Sciences with fluency in English/Telugu will be preferred
  • The candidate should have aptitude and skills to draft reports & papers
  • Knowledge of M.S. Office is essential

 

General:

 

This is a Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) 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 14-December-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 – Plant Quarantine Unit

 

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian Nationals for the post of Scientific Officer. The position is based at ICRISAT Headquarters, Patancheru, Hyderabad and reports to Principal Scientist & Head, PQU

 

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: 

 

  • Seed health testing for the detection and diagnosis of seed-borne pathogens
  • Field diagnosis of diseases in the germplasm and breeding material of ICRISAT mandate crops
  • Data collection and analysis
  • prepare reports related to seed health tests 

 

Requirements: 

 

  • M. Sc. in Plant Pathology/Mycology with 1-2 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in seed health testing, pathogen diagnosis and identification is essential
  • Candidate should have excellent computer skills and ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Fluency in spoken and written English

 

General:

 

This is a Locally Recruited staff (LRS) position 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 12-December-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

 

Programmer

 

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian Nationals for the post of Programmer at Genebank. The position is based at ICRISAT- Patancheru Hyderabad and reports to Head Genebank, and Principal Scientist or his designee.

 

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. 

 

The Job

 

  • Assist in data collection and field observations using field tab and barcoding
  • Tabulation and management of experimental as well as laboratory data
  • Updating and Maintaining germplasm databases for analysis and reporting
  • Information management including cross-referencing diverse databases
  • Any other assignments from time to time

 

Competencies

 

  • Communicate efficiently and effectively with supervisors and co-workers
  • Proficiency in programming skills and data analysis
  • Good knowledge of MS SQL Server
  • Know-how of developing applications and writing programs in ASP & dot net
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English
  • Should be a good team player and adaptable to working in multicultural team

 

Qualification and Skill Requirement

 

  • Master’s degree in computer science and relevant field with at least 2-3 years’ work experience in programming and database management
  • The applicant should be well-versed with different computer languages and other data sources (data transfer and curation)

 

General:

 

The position is initially 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-December-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

 

Data Entry Associates

 

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian Nationals for the post of Data Entry Associates at Genebank. The position is based at ICRISAT- Patancheru, Hyderabad and reports to Head Genebank, and Principal Scientist or his designee.

 

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. 

 

The Job

 

  • Collecting data using field tab and barcode readers
  • Tabulation and record-keeping of data
  • Updating germplasm databases for analysis and reporting
  • Any other assignments from time to time

 

Competencies

 

  • Communicate efficiently and effectively with supervisors and co-workers
  • Ability to enter data with accuracy, updating and analysis
  • Good knowledge about MS Office
  • Proficiency in both written/spoken English
  • Should be a good team player and adaptable to working in multicultural team

 

Qualification and Skill Requirement

 

  • Graduate in computer science, preferably BCA, with experience of at least five years in data entry
  • Proficiency in MS Office-suite
  • Experience in working with databases

 

Employment Conditions:

 

The position is initially 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-December-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

 

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