Consultant – Biochar and Soil-Carbon Sequestration

From 2 to 5 year(s) of experience
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Roles and Responsibilities

ICRISAT seeks application for the post of Consultant – Biochar and Soil-Carbon Sequestration with Knowledge and Capacity Development in the Global Research Program –Enabling Systems Transformation at ICRISAT. The position is based at ICRISAT, Patancheru, Hyderabad. The candidate will report to the Senior Scientist – Natural Resource Management.

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

Soil organic carbon (Soil org C) sequestration is an opportunity for improving soil properties, associated productivity and ecosystem services. The MASCS (Managing Agricultural Soils as Carbon Sinks through adoption of negative emission strategies) project is aimed at developing and testing methodologies for quantifying SOC sequestration potential. This work is funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. We are working on APSIM biochar model to simulate the additions of soil C to cropping systems in Maharashtra and Odisha.


The overall objective of the proposed work is to conduct a detailed and rigorous assessment of agricultural management practices, with focus on biochar, other materials and management practices for their potential to sequester C.


  • Collect detailed information to characterize biochar and other inputs from different sources, along with potential recyclable biomass and scalable models with special focus in Odisha and Maharashtra target districts
  • Recommend and use of biochar and other inputs in crop fields and effects on crop growth/yield, input use efficiency and soil health, with special focus on project districts in Odisha and Maharashtra
  • Compile information on local cropping systems along with potential biomass for recycling
  • Work closely and support MASCS team in estimating the potential and developing projections of C sequestration under different soil, crop and water management of agricultural systems
  • Support in understanding economic feasibility of biochar and other management practices
  • Collaborate with different stakeholders and undertake other project related tasks as assigned by the supervisor
  • Document all compiled data/information and share regular updates/reports (monthly basis)

Focus regions for specific information:

  • Angul, Balangir, Dhenkanal, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Keonjhar, Nuapada and Sundaragarh in Odisha state
  • Jalna, Dhule, Ahmednagar, Amravati and Yavatmal in Maharashtra state

Essential criteria:

  • MSc in Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering or related field (Preference will be given to PhD candidates)
  • Around 2-3 years research experience in related field of consultancy
  • Publications related to biochar and carbon-sequestration in agriculture systems in high impact journals


This is a Consultant position for One-year renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institute’s continuing need for the position.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 15 October 2021, with a response to the selection criteria, their latest resume and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about their professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short- listed candidates will be contacted.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer


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Industry:Agriculture / Forestry / Fishing

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Employment Type:Part Time, Temporary/Contractual


PG:MS/M.Sc(Science) in Agriculture

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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.
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