NGO Jobs - Research Assistant – Plant Breeding at International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)


Organisation: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

About CIAT:
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – a member of the CGIAR Consortium (wwvv.cgiar.org) – develops technologies, innovative methods, and new knowledge that better enable farmers, especially smallholders, to make agriculture competitive and profitable as well as sustainable and resilient: (www.ciat.cgiar.org). CIAT is seeking to recruit highly motivated individuals to join the team at the Kampala Office. The individuals should be capable of serving a multicultural and multidisciplinary team. The positions will be based at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories- Kawanda.

Job Summary: The Research Assistant -Plant Breeding- works within framework of the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) to conduct strategic bean improvement research that contributes to, and complements, breeding research activities of PABRA’s NARS breeders. The Research Assistant-Plant Breeding works to develop segregating populations, evaluate germplasm, and maintain nurseries and elite germplasm with the aim of developing new improved common bean varieties.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work with the Bean Breeder to identify and select common bean lines exhibiting desirable traits.
  • Execute crossing programs in consultation with the Bean Breeder.
  • Work with the technical assistants to ensure adequate seed multiplication and purification of elite breeding lines and released varieties.
  • Work with the Breeder to establish, maintain and distribute breeding nurseries, as well as conduct replicated yield trials (RYTs).
  • Work with the Breeder and the breeding team to develop a data management system for the regional breeding activities in Kawanda and in the PABRA network.
  • Work with the Breeder to analyse breeding data, write project reports and publish research findings.
  • Support and train technical and field staff in performing tasks to ensure high quality of research output and timely delivery of results.
  • Work with the Breeder to conduct on-farm field experiments and demonstrations for projects with such components.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • Masters degree in Agriculture Crop Science or Plant Breeding and Seed systems.
  • Working knowledge of plant pathology and molecular „ breeding is an added advantage.
  • One to two years experience in crop production or has worked with germplasm.
  • Must have supervisory skills and the ability to deal with farmers and cooperators.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties.
  • Willingness to travel in the region.
How to apply:
Applications must clearly indicate the position applied for in the subject line and all attachments are to be named by the applicant’s surname.
Please send cover letter and CV with contacts of three references to: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), P.O. Box 6247, Kampala, Uganda or Email to: ciat-uganda@cgiar.org.
Deadline: 22nd March 2013. Thank you for your interest in our organisation however, only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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