Junior Research Fellow: Crop Physiology

ICRISAT seeks application from Indian Nationals for the post of Junior Research Fellow: Crop Physiology – GEMS team. The position is based at ICRISAT headquarters in Patancheru, Hyderabad, Telangana

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.

System Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture (SACSA) at ICRISAT:

The Laboratory of Crop Physiology and Modelling is part of the SACSA team and undertakes agri-systems research focusing on understanding the production environments and development of strategies to enhance crop abiotic stress adaptations in the semi-arid farming systems of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (e.g. drought and climate change cropping systems adaptation). The program focuses on ICRISAT’s mandate crops (sorghum, pearl millet, small millets, groundnut, chickpea, pigeonpea). The labs activities involve basic research to dissect the environments, to better understand the physiological mechanisms of drought adaptation and their genetics, and the development of high throughput screening methods to support breeding programs. The team employs the crop modelling approaches to better frame genetic and agronomic management targets; i.e. identify interventions to maximize productivity under the range of environment x management circumstances. The team is also expanding into the area of grain and stover quality recognizing that product quality and safety (e.g. fodder value of stover, grain quality, contamination) are ultimately important traits to consider in breeding targets for improvement of crop market value and human health within the integrated crop-livestock systems.


  • Assessment of phenotypic variations in components of canopy size (i.e. tillering, leaf appearance, and leaf longitudinal and lateral expansion) and canopy structure in sorghum using high throughput-phenotyping platform “LeasyScan”
  • Development of algorithms to disentangle the components of canopy size and structure from the 3D-point clouds generated by LeasyScan, implementing automated 3D-point-clouds data
  • processing
  • Explore the functional associations between canopy size components at the level of physiological relations and genetic linkages.
  • Cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration, team player
  • Training of students (national and international) and technical staff
  • Field and platform experiments designing, data analysis and interpretation; preparation of reports and journal articles 

Essential criteria:

  • Master degree in Technology, Statistics, Biometrics, Mathematics with good understanding of Plant Biology and Genetics or related disciplines
  • Image processing, 3D point cloud analysis, algorithm implementation Meshlab
  • Programming skills (R, C++) and big data management, high-performance computing
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to interact effectively in a multi-cultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • Creativity and ability to work independently and in a team-based environment
  • Ability to draft high-quality research articles 

Desirable Criteria

  • Background in quantitative genetics (e.g. QTL, GWAS mapping), crops stress physiology and molecular biology is an advantage
  • Insight into agricultural production systems 


This is a Consolidated (CON) position for two 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 May 2019 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

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