ICRISAT Rice Breeding Scientist Job Opening

ICRISAT seeks applications from dynamic and highly innovative Scientists to work in rice genetic improvement programs in a multi-disciplinary team comprising of scientists from various disciplines. This position is responsible for establishing several trait mapping/breeding pipelines and generating and executing country-based projects focused on creating genetic solutions to improve the rice sector in alignment with the overarching goals and objectives. The Scientist will be based at IRRI-SA Hub, ICRISAT Campus, Patancheru. The position is within the Rice Breeding Platform-South Asia Region. It will report to the Regional Breeding Lead – South Asia in IRRI and is open for Indian nationals only.
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. 


  • Establish sequencing based-trait mapping pipelines for rapid mapping of traits of interest and with development of SNP markers for molecular breeding
  • Establish sequencing-based breeding pipelines for enhancing genetic gains in rice and to optimize the genetic gain model in order to deliver higher rates of genetic gain
  • Launch a system biology platform for deciphering complex traits and better understanding the traits for breeding
  • Apply contemporary/quantitative genetics-based plant breeding techniques to create a solid and sound regional rice breeding pipeline
  • Coordinate the Harvest-Plus activities in terms of product development, evaluations, multi-location trials and help in large-scale disseminations
  • Modernize regional breeding programs but not limited to development of product profiles, breeding scheme optimization, use of genotyping, automation, mechanization, use of appropriate breeding and analytical software’s
  • Participate in developing and sharing of breeding material with partners in the SA region in close coordination with IRRI-HQ team
  • Analyse, summarize and interpret the data of the experiments conducted
  • Prepare reports and research papers for publication in the reputed journals
  • Participate in project development for regional preference and resource mobilization for IRRI-SA Hub and partners involved in rice improvement
  • Participate in capacity building and training activities to enhance the capacity building of partners in the region towards innovative breeding approaches and biofortification
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor from time to time 
Qualifications and Experience: 
  • Ph.D. degree from a reputed university in plant breeding and/or genetics, with a minimum of six years of post-doctoral experience in genomics/plant breeding at a research institute/university
  • Must have experience working in applied genomics/system biology with comprehension of inter-disciplinary sciences, quantitative genetics theory and its application in practical plant breeding
  • Must have experience of genomics-assisted breeding (sequence-based trait mapping and breeding) in crop improvement and other biotechnology tools will be an additional desirable requirement
  • Statistical skills, knowledge of computer applications and software for data collection, management, and analysis
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is essential
  • Respectable publication record, as evidenced by research papers in referred journals
  • Experience in writing and managing grants
  • Aptitude to work collegially and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural environments. 
This is a Scientific and Managerial Group (SMG) position for 32 months and renewable depending on the functioning of the incumbent, funding availability, and also the Institute’s ongoing requirement for the position.
How to apply:
Applicants should apply on or before 15 May 2020 with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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