Agri-Food System Biologist †Specialist in Crop Physiology

1 - 5 Years
Hyderabad

Job Description

ICRISAT seeks applications for the Agri-Food System Biologist Specialist in Crop Physiology the position within TIGR2ESS [Transforming Indias Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies] project. The position is based at ICRISAT- Patancheru Hyderabad, within GEMS team (www.gems.icrisat.org) and reports to Theme Leader System Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture.

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, www.gems.icrisat.org.

Systems Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture (SACSA) at ICRISAT:

The Crop Physiology Laboratory is part of the SACSA team and undertakes research on abiotic stresses, and in particular drought and climate change adaptation in ICRISATs mandated crops (sorghum, pearl millet, groundnut, chickpea and pigeonpea), and cross-species initiatives to better understand drought adaptation across cereals and legumes. The activity of the lab involves undertaking research to better understand the physiological mechanisms of tolerance to abiotic stresses and improve screening methods towards the phenotyping of large number of entries for mapping/breeding purposes. This includes crop modeling to better frame genetic and agronomic management targets and for understanding the plant traits which are important for tolerance to abiotic stresses and maximizing productivity under the range of environment x management interactions. This Lab is also expanding its work in the area of grain and stover quality recognizing that product quality in dual-purpose crops (e.g. fodder value of stover, grain quality) are increasingly important traits to consider in breeding targets for crop-livestock systems.

Responsibilities:

Expertise in measuring the phenotypic expression of plant responsiveness to abiotic stress and agronomic management across crops species and utilizing this understanding in process based crop models
Conduct physiological studies on plant adaptive mechanisms to water stress and climate change related to plant water acquisition and usage in order to develop and improve screening assays for critical traits to enhance plant productivity and nutritional density in SAT agro-ecosystems
Generate phenotyping data from field-based and platform-based measurements enabling the genetic mapping of environmental adaptation traits in different crops species
Assemble databases of weather & soil information that enable the further simulation of cereal and pulse production across location and environments in India/sub-Saharan Africa
Work with multidisciplinary teams to connect the above work outputs to progress towards the CGIAR centers mission; i.e. enhanced livelihood, especially of smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition, and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture
Ensure quality of measurement through effective training, communication and collaboration with the technical staff
Training of young scientists in modeling and physiology, including the guidance of MSc and Ph.D. students
Data analysis and preparation of reports and journal articles

Essential criteria:
Ph.D. degree in Plant Physiology, Genetics, Horticulture, Agronomy or related discipline with a strong background in abiotic stress physiology with less than 5 years of experience post Ph.D.
Experience with assay development and physiological assessment of abiotic stresses adaptive mechanisms particularly across crops species
Proficiency in written and spoken English
Ability to interact effectively in a multi-cultural and multidisciplinary environment
Creativity and ability to work independently and in a team-based environment
Ability to travel abroad and work efficiently in different research teams across the globe
Desirable:
Background in genetics (e.g. QTL mapping), molecular biology, crop nutrition, socio-economics is an advantage
Statistical knowledge to develop adapted designs for large field or controlled environment trials, and knowledge of computer software to assist in the treatment of images will be a plus
Knowledge of crop-systems simulation modeling

General:

This is a Scientific & Managerial Group (SMG) position for three years renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institutes continuing need for the position.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 23-May-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.
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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 FOR THE 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, www.gems.icrisat.org.
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