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Quantitative Genetics Specialist

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

Required academic qualifications, skills, and attitudes:
  • PhD in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, biometrics or related fields with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience. Experience in private industry is a plus but not required.
  • In-depth understanding of practical breeding applications and logistical constraints that will be relevant to breeding programs targeting the developing world (i.e. CGIAR centers, national systems and private sector organizations).
  • Expertise in statistical analysis software (R, mixed modeling, perhaps machine learning, etc.) and a creative and innovative mindset.
  • A good understanding of quantitative genetics and underlying mathematical theory.
  • Good reporting and communication skills in English (working language).
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Communication, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Critical Thinking and Teamwork.


Specific duties:
  • Engaging with member breeding teams to create awareness of new tools and approaches for optimizing breeding pipelines.
  • Working with breeders to design and evaluate new and current breeding schemes through simulation, retrospective analysis and pilot testing.
  • Developing strategy in collaboration with breeders and developing plans to optimize the use of new breeding tools and methodologies.
  • Mentoring and consulting with the partner breeding community.
  • Contribute to the development of a training strategy and materials for implementation.
  • Leading and contributing to both virtual and hands-on training and mentorship activities targeted at member breeding teams in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Providing support to internal and external reviews and evaluations.
  • Contributing to publications derived from the breeding optimization project.

Job Requirements

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