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Maize Breeder – Eastern Africa

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:
  • Strong interest in applied maize breeding.
  • A recent PhD degree in breeding or genetics, preferably with Maize or other cereals.
  • Experience with genetics, modern breeding methods (e.g. genomic selection, quantitative genetics theory).
  • Statistical skills, knowledge of electronic data collection, databases, data management and interpretation.
  • An ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and build capacity.
  • Demonstrated capacity to publish research findings in reputable peer-reviewed journals.
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively and respectfully and inclusively in a diverse, multicultural, multidisciplinary work environment.
  • Significant amount of national and international travel will be required
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Critical and Creative Thinking, Problem Solving and decision making, Communication and Teamwork.

Responsibilities

Specific duties:
  • Effectively drive CIMMYT maize product delivery for the breeding pipelines in eastern Africa.
  • Through strong collaboration with the teams involved in line development, molecular breeding, phenotyping, and seed systems, ensure generation of high-quality data, statistical analysis and summary of results for stage-gate advancement.
  • Enhance operational efficiency by regular review of the regional on-station trial data.
  • Convene the Eastern Africa Maize Product Advancement Meetings with active and efficient engagement of internal and external stakeholders
  • Work in close collaboration with the regional breeding and GIS team to optimize and align trial locations with product pipeline testing requirements.
  • Effectively fulfill agreed-upon QA/QC and seed quality targets for Stage 4 hand-off to the seed systems team in eastern Africa.
  • Strongly contribute to the goal of increasing genetic gains in CIMMYT’s eastern Africa maize breeding pipelines, including formulation, testing and identification of impactful hybrids.
  • Provide leadership to a team of research technicians and drive ownership and accountability amongst the team members.
  • Contribute effectively to the regional collaborative maize breeding network, and capacity building of partner institutions in eastern Africa.
  • Ensure proper utilization of financial and human resources, as assigned by the program management.
  • Contribute to the visibility of CIMMYT’s research, partnerships, and impacts, including publication of high-quality journal articles.
  • Perform additional/other duties, as may be assigned by the supervisor and Program Director.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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