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Assistant Scientist - Breeding Research


  • Organization: IRRI - International Rice Research Institute
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: Closed

About IRRI
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.
Job Purpose

This position will assist scientists under the extended PPP project and other upcoming projects in establishing field trials and other experiments with breeding lines/ germplasm using appropriate experimental design and layout. S/he will also monitor and evaluate the progress of the trials regarding agronomic management, data collection, processing, analysis, and report writing. Ensure information generated by the project is provided to the relevant scientists and supervisor.

This position will be based at the IRRI Bangladesh Office in Dhaka and will only be filled by permanent citizens of Bangladesh.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Contribute to the appropriate implementation of breeding research trials, including appropriate experimental design, field layout, agronomic practices, data collection, process, analysis, etc.
  • Coordinate with collaborating partners on their research requirements
  • Verify suggested methodologies and establish parameters
  • Select and facilitate adequate research tools and equipment
  • Manage researchers, technicians, and field staff
  • Coordinate the required services and supplies for rice breeding activities
  • Assign, monitor, and evaluate research activities/tasks performed by
  • Researchers, Research Technicians, and contract workers.
  • Provide technical guidance when necessary.
  • Maintain research trials/experiments by fostering a productive teamwork environment.
  • Assist in developing a standard research protocol.
  • Assure maintenance of accurate data recording and update the database on time
  • Analyze and validate data using appropriate advanced statistical tools independently
  • Assist in the interpretation of results
  • Make recommendations for further research
  • Take part in the development and completion of appropriate field trials about developing desired climate-smart rice varieties
  • Lead in the development of training materials and provide training to the field researcher, technicians, and workers on field lay-out, setting trials/experiments, agronomic operations, and data collection
  • Act as a resource person for training courses and visitors
  • Provide appropriate logistics for research trials/experiments to field researchers, technicians, and workers
  • Supervise the work of researcher and research technicians
  • Contribute to the professional development of researchers and technicians
  • Contribute to preparing research reports and journal papers
  • Prepare posters and PowerPoint presentations for local and international usage
  • Participate and present papers or posters at scientific workshops/conferences as directed by the supervisor
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor from time to time
  • Bachelor of Science in agriculture with 5 years of relevant work experience in modern breeding methodologies and other breeding experiments, or
  • Master of Science degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding or relevant subject and at least 3 years of work experience in modern breeding methodologies particularly in field trials and other breeding experiments
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD degree in advanced breeding research.
Skills Required
  • Has proven technical proficiency in conducting research experiments
  • Has strong oral and written communication skills
  • Has strong analytical skills
  • Has experience in research management (field trials)
  • Has experience in supervising or overseeing staff
  • Research work experience in an international research organization/ institute working with rice
  • Research experience in ‘Molecular Plant Breeding’ will be an added advantage

Base Salary Ranges: (94, 798 – 177, 443) BDT/ per month

Other Benefits:

  • Housing Allowance: 30% of base pay per month
  • Festival Bonus: 2 months base pay/ year
  • Contributory Provident Fund (CPF): 15% (IRRI's contribution)
  • Transport Allowance
  • Returning mother allowance with a six-month maternity leave for female employees
  • Medical insurance coverage with a maximum of $16,000/year and other admissible benefits
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