The Rice Breeding Innovations Department will develop and deploy innovative breeding strategies, tools, and technologies to sustainably enhance the genetic potential of rice for yield and its ability to tolerate biotic and abiotic stresses while improving the grain/nutritional quality; and helping disseminate the new products faster to farmers by working closely with our NARES partners.
The position requires the incumbent to have a leading role in conducting the breeding activities of the late maturity breeding pipeline TLaSF-I. Developing the breeding program, aligning it to the OneRice Breeding strategy, and establishing stronger and sustainable ties with the NARES network partners for the above pipeline in India are the key responsibilities. The position also critically requires the lead to secure funding support for the breeding activities and build the TLaSF-I pipeline breeding team. The position requires strong knowledge of breeding, quantitative genetics, and modern data-driven decisions to help in the capacity development of NARES partners. This is to be achieved by working closely with the biometrics lead, phenotyping scientists, and trait introgression scientists from IRRI-HQ and SAH, India, to optimize the TLaSF-I breeding pipeline. Extensive hands-on knowledge and expertise in rice breeding and genetics and phenotyping of germplasm under challenging environments. Expertise in advanced quantitative genetics, prediction breeding, data analysis, and simulation work using R and other software is required. The position requires expertise in effectively engaging with the NARES partners and closer involvement in capacity-building programs. Capability and demonstration to train scholars and lead the associate researchers in the team are highly required.
This position will be based in Hyderabad, India, and is open for international applications.
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