Scientist- Agronomy / Agro-meteorology / System Modelling

1 - 5 Years
Hyderabad

Job Description

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian Nationals for the post of Agronomy/ Agro-meteorology/ System Modelling. The position is based at ICRISAT - Patancheru Hyderabad.

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. 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 is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium.

Preamble: In the semi-arid agro-ecologies, empowering smallholder farmers to achieve food security and create cash earning agricultural enterprises requires a deep understanding of the tradeoffs and risks farmers face in managing their highly resource constrained and climate vulnerable systems. ICRISAT works with the national agricultural research and extension agencies, NGOs and higher education institutions locally and abroad to develop farm technologies and management systems, create markets and value chains based around a set of mandate crops and technologies that are well adapted to the semi-arid tropics. Expert knowledge of agronomy and managing climate risk along with the application of systems modelling tools, enables researchers to identify intervention strategies that result in the greatest returns for the lowest risk. In this regard, farming system models such as APSIM or DSSAT have been extensively applied in the simulation of soil-crop-season interactions to understand the how historical weather analysis and forecasts (form short to seasonal) may inform management. With the increased focus on the concept of innovation systems driving the creation of inclusive market orientated development (IMOD), ICRISAT is retooling to undertake multidisciplinary research for development and systems approaches. An agronomist/ agro-meteorologist/ system modeller is required for India to strengthen our team in its engagement in the framework of several programs.


Responsibilities:

Ability to plan, execute and evaluate field trials and demonstrations that lead to improved agronomic management practices under rainfed and irrigated conditions
Analysis of cropping systems to devise innovative agronomic interventions using climate forecasts and systems modelling tools
Find the application of climate forecasts for farm level decision making that reduce the sensitivity of farming communities to climate risk
Participate and contribute to on-going research in agronomy, climate risk management, assessing climate change impacts and planning for adaptation under the CCAFS and associated bilateral projects

Requirements:

Ph.D. degree in agriculture, agro-meteorology, crop science or similar with experience in farming systems related research with less than 5 years of experience post Ph.D.
Significant expertise in the parameterization, validation and application of crop models in agronomic research and incorporation of findings into extension material and publications
A good understanding of the role and usefulness of climate information services in agriculture and expertise in the management and analytics of data related to climate information and predictive models of future climate
Good publication record, as evidenced by senior authored research papers in international refereed journals
Experience in working with a wide range of stakeholders and interest to work in interdisciplinary team
Ability and willingness to participate in field work and travel extensively in South Asia.
Excellence in English (both spoken and written )

Desirable Criteria

GIS and spatial analysis skills
Knowledge of other system analytical tools such as bio-economic or value chain modelling.
Agronomic knowledge of major crops and cropping systems of India, Myanmar
Demonstrated ability to write proposals and fundraise

General:
This is a Scientific & Managerial Group (SMG) position for two years, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institutes continuing need for the position. An attractive compensation is offered for the right candidate.
How to apply:
Applicants should apply on or before 21-January-2018, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged. However, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer


Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:Agriculture / Dairy

Employment Type:Permanent Job, Full Time

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INTERNATIONAL CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE FORTHE SEMI ARID TROPICS (ICRISAT)
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. 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 is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.
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