Opening for Post-Doctoral Fellow or Associate Scientist for Wheat HarvestPlus Project @ CIMMYT
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is seeking an enthusiastic plant scientist to join as a post-doctoral fellow/Associate Scientist in the Global Wheat Program. The position offers an outstanding career opportunity for a researcher interested in global wheat research, and will be based at CIMMYT headquarters, near Mexico City, Mexico. This position is funded by Harvest Plus challenge program and available initially for 2 years. The focus of this position is to work on development of spring wheat germplasm with enhanced micronutrient levels along with various aspects of wheat breeding including high yield potential, durable resistance to Ug99 and other rusts, drought and heat tolerance, and end-use quality. The successful candidate will work as a member of “Spring Bread Wheat Improvement” team and contribute to collaborative research at CIMMYT and with other institutions across the world. Extensive travel at CIMMYT experimental stations in Mexico is required.
We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications:
- A recent Ph.D. in genetics or breeding in wheat or other cereals.
- Experience with field based plant breeding and strong aptitude for field-based research, especially for germplasm development and testing.
- Applied knowledge of experimental design, management of field trials, field breeding operations, and data analysis.
- Practical skills in statistics (SAS, R, or other statistical software) and computation (MS Excel and other software) Demonstrated experience in applying molecular techniques.
- Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.
- Ability to form part of an interdisciplinary team.
- Strong self-motivation and innovative skills, coupled with interest in international agricultural research and development
- Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural partnerships and good communications skills.
- Experience in any of the following areas would be considered an asset:
- Experience with cereal nutritional quality- preferably genetic improvement of essential nutrients
- Experience with rusts or other cereal diseases
- Experience with statistical and biometrical packages to analyze multisite performance data.
- Knowledge of Spanish.