1. Post: Manager – Rice Breeding
2. ICRISAT seeks applications from dynamic and innovative young professionals as Manager – Rice Breeding to work with the Rice Breeding Innovations team whose aim is, to be globally aligned, rice breeding, community of practice, unified by a set of jointly developed standards for making breeding decisions consistent with the demands of regional farmers and other value chain stakeholders.
3. The candidate will work in close collaboration with the Rice Breeding team of IRRI-NARES-Private sector partners across the projects for the seamless delivery of research activities. The position is within the Rice Breeding Innovations Platform-South Asia Region.
a. Implementation of hybrids rice breeding program with the public and private partnership, streamline and disseminate the new hybrids/parentals lines in HRDC partners. Maintenance of breeding for parental lines (A × B and A × R) for the hybrid breeding program and purification of potential germplasm/accessions for the quality research
b. Mainstreaming biofortification breeding through genomic selection and innovative breeding. Oversee and coordinate day-to-day activity to support breeding experiments, demonstrations, and other best CoPs at NARES and PPPs.
c. Multi-location network coordination towards monitoring, efficient generation of high-quality datasets, data compilation, statistical analysis, and report preparation. Participate in capacity building and training activities to enhance the capacity building of partners.
d. Coordinate closely with the IRRI HQ team (RBI Platform and technology transfer team),IRRI-SA Hub Team, ISARC team, NARES other public collaborators. Breeding efforts towards managing core hybrid breeding activities and participation in project development for strengthening regional breeding program at IRRI SA Hub.
e. Managing day-to-day operations related to lab management (molecular breeding and grain nutritional quality lab) and managing human resources for all ongoing projects. Perform all other related duties that may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor.
5. Qualifications and Experience:
a. M.Sc.(Ag) Genetics and plant breeding with 8-10 years of experience in rice breeding/hybrid rice breeding/molecular breeding.
b. Experience in innovative breeding approaches for rice improvement supported with publications in high impact journals
c. Extensive experience in coordinating the research projects with the research team and human resource management
d. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English . Good experience of working in Multi-cultural environment