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Assistant Research Associate (Breeder)


The Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) is a non-profit international research institute dedicated to food, nutrition and livelihood security as well as environmental rehabilitation in South Asia, which is home to more than 300 million undernourished people. BISA is a collaborative effort involving CIMMYT and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR). Please refer to this website for more information: http://bisa.org/

We are seeking dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and service-oriented professionals for the position of Assistant Research Associate (Breeder) depending on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate, to work within the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA).

The position will be based at Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) Ludhiana.

Specific duties:

  • Under the guidance and in collaboration with senior CIMMYT/BISA staff, collect, manage and synthesize data on wheat breeding trials and nurseries across the on-station strategic research and on-farm participatory trials across projects and locations in India.
  • Collect and evaluate genetically diverse wheat germplasm; prepare and execute wheat hybridization program and handle segregating breeding material.
  • Utilize modern breeding tools consistent with precision and accelerated breeding, marker assisted selection, doubled haploids etc.
  • Contribute to the development and harmonization of high throughput wheat phenotyping protocols, measurements using hand held and remote sensors.
  • Collaborate with government and private sector partners as well as with other staff of CIMMYT/BISA in ongoing wheat breeding research in the region.
  • Assist in execution of farmers’ participatory varietal selection across different projects in North West India.
  • Data management, analysis, report writing and scientific publications.
  • Communicate research results to diverse communities, including scientists, change agents, policy makers and farmers.
  • Participate in various meetings representing CIMMYT/BISA in various fora at local as well as national level.
  • Support to organization of multi-stakeholder workshops/events in Ludhiana.

We are seeking candidates with the following academic qualifications, experience, skills and attitudes:

  • Masters (M.Sc.) degree in Plant Breeding with three years of field oriented research experience or Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Plant Breeding preferably in wheat breeding.
  • Good understanding of breeding methodology with knowledge, exposure and practical experience of integrating modern breeding tools.
  • Practical experience in use of marker assisted selection to mobilize genes/QTLs for important targeted traits from diverse donors.
  • Good understanding of accelerated breeding systems e.g., doubled haploids, MABS etc.
  • Hands on experience in use of instruments for phenotyping germplasm with respect to physiological traits associated with heat tolerance and water use efficiency.
  • Ability to manage, statistically analyses and synthesize scientific data and translate research results into peer reviewed publications.
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in English language.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environments and in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Willingness to spend considerable time away from home.

The position is for an initial fixed-term contract of 1 year, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. BISA offers an attractive remuneration package, with a range of benefits including health insurance.

Email cover letter and CV as a single document with last drawn salary, salary expectations and notice period no later than Friday, 13 October, 2017 to Human Resources, CIMMYT/BISA (Email: recruitindia@cgiar.org / Please insert Position Reference number: IN17126 in the subject of your email)

This position will remain open until filled. Women are encouraged to apply.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. CIMMYT/BISA is an equal opportunity employer.
It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity.