Flagship Leader (Improved Varieties and Hybrids)

ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2015

Job Description

About the Position

  • ICRISAT is seeking applications from dynamic and highly innovative scientists to lead the development of varieties and hybrids meeting location-specific and enduser-specific needs for barley, finger millet, pearl millet and sorghum in Africa and Asia. This is a senior research position reporting to the Director, CGIAR Research Program-Dryland Cereals, and will be based at ICRISAT Headquarters, Patancheru, Telangana State, India.
  • 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. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics is home to over 2 billion people, with 650 million of these being the poorest of the poor. 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, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.

The Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead the establishment of scientific excellence in all aspects of breeding, genetic, molecular, biochemical and physiological research within the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (CRP DC).
  • Lead the planning and execution of crop improvement research within the program on an annual basis to meet the short, medium and long term goals of the program.
  • Enhance existing capacities, both human and infrastructure, for the practice of cutting-edge plant breeding and genetics research for the target crops in the fifteen target countries of the program (and in spill-over countries, where necessary).
  • Lead (a) the identification of representative locations for field phenotyping across the target populations of environments in the geographic regions addressed by the CRP, and (b) the establishment of excellent, cutting-edge field phenotyping facilities and capabilities for confident breeding selections and advancements.
  • Lead the integration of advanced molecular breeding technologies and platforms into routine plant breeding for the dryland cereal crops across all target countries.
  • Manage the budget for crop improvement activities across the focus crops and target countries within the program.
  • Coordinate the integration of planning and execution of research on variety/hybrid development with ongoing demand and constraint analyses, agronomic management, and seed dissemination.
  • Coordinate the identification, development and integration of input trait research for quality enhancements that meet current and emerging end uses for the dryland cereal crops of focus.
  • Enhance existing global networks and establish new strategic partnerships for all aspects of plant biological research for the focus crops of the program. Nurture and strengthen in-country relationships with NARS and other partners to address crop improvement and related research.
  • Function as a critical member of the Research Management Committee of the CRP on Dryland Cereals.
  • Provide detailed periodic reports on the Flagship for the CRP Director and the Consortium Office, as well as occasional brief or detailed reports for other entities as necessary.

The Skills and Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Plant Breeding, Genetics, Molecular Genetics or related discipline with a minimum of 10 years of post-doctoral experience in the field.
  • Established track record in the development and release of crop varieties/ hybrids, preferably of one or more of the focus dryland cereal crops, viz., barley, finger millet, pearl millet and sorghum.
  • Established track record in the successful deployment of advanced molecular tools in plant breeding.
  • Background and/or knowledge of general mode of operations in the agricultural seed industry and seed supply management.
  • Proven leadership and team-building skills, and good communication skills.
  • Established professional network in the domain of seed supply management, preferably for one or more of the dryland cereal crops.  

The Reward:

  • This is an internationally recruited staff position in the cadre of Principal Scientist, with an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package payable in US dollars. The position is initially for three years, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent and funding availability. An attractive compensation will be offered for the right candidate.

How to apply:

  • Applicants should apply on or before 31 January 2015 on-line, with a letter of motivation, latest Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. To submit your application, please Click Here. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.
  • ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff. ICRISAT has a flexible approach to international appointments and welcomes dual-career couples.


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