Sep 102019

Organization: International Potato Center
Country: India
Closing date: 16 Sep 2019

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic Associate Scientist with excellent scientific and technical skills in potato seed production including multilocation varietal evaluations, seed multiplications and out scaling as part of the APART project in the state of Assam, India.

The Position: This position will be based in Guwahati, India and will report to the Project Manager. One of the position’s objective is to test new potato varieties and advanced clones in multilocation demonstrations for variety selection and release with partner institutions in Assam. Further, the candidate will support project interventions to develop sustainable potato seed systems and conduct trainings and capacity building of Integrated Seed Health Management. The candidate will work with interdisciplinary science teams at CIP’s regional office in New Delhi, India and headquarters in Lima, Peru. The work duties include frequent travel within Assam.

Key responsibilities:

  • Conduct multilocation participatory varietal trials of advanced CIP clones in collaboration with local partners.
  • Record and manage data from field demonstrations and provide statistical analysis of phenotypic data.
  • Develop local seed production system using aeroponics and apical rooted cutting techniques.
  • Coordinate the scaling up of seed production of recommended varieties, clones and new releases for demonstrations and dissemination.
  • Provide trainings to project partners, private sector and farmers for sed multiplications using aeroponics and apical rooted cutting techniques.
  • Provide key technical input into training programs to strengthen the capacity of local partners and farmers.
  • Contribute to writing training materials, technical progress reports and annual reviews and workplans as directed by the Project Manager.

What are we looking for?

  • PhD in Genetics & Plant Breeding, seed technology or related field.
  • At least 8 years of professional experience in agricultural related area or project coordination.
  • Well versed with potato seed production using tissue culture, aeroponics, rooted cuttings under green houses, net houses and open fields.
  • Willingness to successfully implement research into the agriculture development program (s), perform activities in lab and field, manage travel or other activities required for accomplishment of the project.
  • Practical experience in potato seed production particularly G0 & G1 seeds and plant tissue culture will be preferred.
  • Good data management and statistical skills and proficiency in the use of key software applications (MS Word, MS Excel)
  • Extensive experiences in training programs and ability working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Proficiency in written and verbal communication skills in English and Hindi (knowledge of regional languages would be an advantage).

Why should you consider this opportunity?

  • CIP is a global and reputable international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D background, and a recent World Food Price Winner and awarded with the Al-Sumait Award for our Orange Flesh Sweet Potato work in Africa.
  • CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improving nutrition and well-being, and gender equity for poor people in roots, tubers farming and food systems in the developing world.
  • CIP is a member of the CGIAR, a network of 15 research centers that are mostly located in developing countries and supported by more than 50 donor members.

What are we offering?

  • Great career opportunity in an international organization.
  • Generous compensation package commensurate with experience.
  • One-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.
  • Work in an equal and diverse workplace.

How to apply:

Visit the following link: ( and submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your references. Screening of applications will begin on September 06, 2019 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted

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