Researcher - Nutrient and Crop Management

International Rice Research Institute(IRRI), Laguna, Philippines

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th March, 2015


Job Description

Job Purpose

  • Under the general supervision of a Scientist, plan the implementation of experiment(s), survey(s) and other research studies and conduct them as specified / defined in the research outline. Collect and analyze data. Work closely together with collaborating partners. Contribute to data analysis and the preparation of manuscripts for reports, publications and presentations/posters. Assist in training activities.
  • Under the supervision of an Associate Scientist, use results from research to contribute to the development, verification, and enhancement of farmer-oriented computer and mobile phone-based decision tools for improved nutrient and crop management in rice-based systems.
  • This position is based at IRRI Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines and can only be filled by citizens and permanent residents of the Philippines.

Roles and Responsibilities

Plan the implementation of research studies in the field of [nutrient and crop management]  to support projects goals of the Organizational Unit’s (OU’s) research objectives related to development, testing, and upgrading of farmer-oriented computer and mobile phone-based decision tools for improved nutrient and crop management in rice-based systems

  • Coordinate with collaborators on their research activities as required
  • Plan the support/manpower needed and set up work schedule
  • Prepare the material and equipment needed based on research outline
  • Assist in planning data acquisition that guarantee the success of decision tools

Assist in supervising the implementation of research studies in the field of nutrient and crop management

  • Oversee the work of research technician and/or contract workers to ensure that research activities are implemented according to plan and specific standards
  • Coordinate with collaborating OUs to ensure the timely supply of material needed for the study
  • Contribute to the maintenance of research areas and direct the maintenance of technical equipment (repair/replacement)

Collect and analyze research data in the field of nutrient and crop management, which contributes to the development, testing, and upgrading/enhancement of farmer-oriented computer and mobile phone-based decision tools

  • Collect and process data to its required form
  • Identify inconsistencies in the data collection and/or missing information
  • Carry out graphical and basic statistical data analysis
  • Update database for storage and retrieval of information/data

Contribute to the preparation of reports and publications, and presentations in the field of nutrient and crop management

  • Provide appropriate data and information about the  content and functionality of developed decision tools for improved nutrient and crop management in rice-based systems
  • Contribute to reports and publications in refereed journals as well as presentation/posters for national and international conferences

Support the training of scholars, on-the-job trainees and partners as required

  • Assist in the coordination and running of trainings on use of farmer-oriented computer and mobile phone-based decision tools
  • Act as resource person for training courses and visitors

People Management

  • Supervise the work of Research Technicians
  • Provide feedback on performance of Research Technicians to immediate supervisor  
  • Assist students and trainees
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in soil science, crop science, or related field
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience in research in soil science or crop production

Skills Required

  • Familiar with quality control tools
  • Proven technical proficiency in conducting research experiments
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Team player
  • Knowledge of data management and proficiency in the use of MS Excel
  • Demonstrated ability for accuracy and attention to detail
     

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