Technical Associate – GEMS Team

ICRISAT invites applications from Indian Nationals for Technical Associate position to support Technical & Administrative work within GEMS team – Innovation Systems for the Drylands. This position is based at ICRISAT Headquarters in Patancheru, Hyderabad, Telangana. This position reports to Scientist-In-Charge – in a multiple projects from Crop Production Systems of Semi-Arid Tropics carried out in multi-lateral collaborations. 

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.


Provide administrative support to GEMS team;

  • Coordinate activities related to preparation of purchase orders, archival reports, progress reports, travel expense reports etc.
  • Inter-departmental liaising for smooth operations with various departments in ICRISAT;
  • Maintenance of the clear records of above mentioned activities
  • Coordinate and organize of internal and external meetings (Visitors, programs, seminars and workshops) and take follow-up actions
  • Perform additional duties as and when required by the supervisors

Laboratory maintenance;

  • Maintenance of stock of stationaries and commonly used materials in field, greenhouse and Hi-Throughput Platform and ensuring the accessibility to all team members.
  • Maintenance of equipment log-books, managing equipment servicing
  • Lab cleanliness and hygienic maintenance within reasonable accordance with the type of our work
  • Barcoding/RFID chips of equipment to ease their location/maintenance
  • Manage routine work in coordination with scientific officer and technicians regarding the labor requirements, over-see their effective work engagement and activity distribution
  • Labor recruitment and management
  • Seed stock maintenance, requests and coordination with breeding groups for seed exchange
  • Barcode printing, validation, help with usage of barcodes in and out of laboratory
  • On a need basis/urgencies, the personnel shall be able to assist with organization, logistics and support with large experimental tasks (e.g. Hi-Throughput platform & field sowing, data collection etc.). Person should follow the work-guiding principles and standard protocol, also the GEMS team is open for suggestions, ideas for improvement 

Essential criteria:  

  • A BSc graduate in any subject. Knowledge, experience and interest in plants/ crops are advantage.
  • Candidate has to be extremely skilled team-player as she/he will be the centre of all team interactions and has to facilitate its smooth progress
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Basic Computer skills (MS-Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Strong organization skills, punctuality, independence, and pro-activeness are essential 


This is a Locally Recruited Staff 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 30-October-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 shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please CLICK HERE to submit your application.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

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