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Senior Project Associate-National Project Workforce
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Crop Protection & Seed Health
National Project Workforce Full-time Locallly Recruited
Posted 5 months ago
Job Description



The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is currently seeking applications from Indian nationals for the position of ‘Senior Project Associate’ to carry out research work on “Development of lateral flow device for rapid detection of aflatoxin B1 in animal feed/feed raw materials that are the principal source of aflatoxin M1 in milk, a Group I carcinogen under Cluster- Crop Protection and Seed Health, Global Research Program- Accelerated Crop Improvement.


ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilo meters of land in 55 countries, the semi- arid or dryland tropics has over 2 billion people and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower these disadvantaged populations to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agricultural production systems.


ICRISAT is headquartered at Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and eight country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT envisions a prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics. Its mission is to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics. ICRISAT conducts research on its mandate crops of chickpea, pigeonpea, groundnut, sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet in the arid and semi-arid tropics. The Institute focuses its work on the drylands and in protecting the environment. Tropical dryland areas are usually seen as resource-poor and perennially beset by shocks such as drought, thereby trapping dryland communities in poverty and hunger and making them dependent on external aid. Please visit–




  • Conduct initial research to standardise the antibody and its suitability and sensitivity in lateral flow device (LFD)
  • Standardise sample extraction method for animal feeds that is suitable for LFD
  • Produce LFD prototype
  • Evaluate animal feed samples to validate LFD
  • Overall development of LFD for aflatoxin B1 detection
  • Reporting and maintaining accurate and high-quality data files required to prepare project report


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Post Graduate degree with 2 to 4 years of relevant experience or Ph.D. in Immunochemistry/ Immunology or Biochemistry;
  • Experience in immunology specially focusing on developing lateral flow immunoassays is desirable;
  • Additional skills: Previous experience in developing immune-assays and lateral flow immunoassays will be added advantage;


Technical Competencies/ Key Skills:

  • Technical competencies to work on immune-assays and lateral flow immune-assays with special focus on mycotoxins such as aflatoxins, fumonisins, ochratoxins etc.
  • Proficiency in wet lab biochemistry.
  • Proficiency in English communication skills (both written and spoken).
  • Proficiency in basic Computer skills.
  • Should be good team player and adaptable to working in multicultural team.
  • Ability to deal tactfully under pressure situations, deliver under tight schedules, and maintain high degree of confidentiality.
  • Multi-language competency will be an added advantage.


Additional / Preferred Skills:

  • Support the scientist in writing the technical report.
  • Responsible for timely completing the assigned activities.
  • Sound knowledge on mycotoxin and/or aflatoxin extraction methods.
  • Coordinate with other staff members for trouble shooting, repair, and maintenance of lab equipment as necessary.



The employment contract will be for a period of 18 months depending upon the needs of the project.


Assignment Location:

The position will be based at ICRISAT’s headquarters in Patancheru, near Hyderabad, Telangana State, India.  ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. For more details, see;


How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 17 July 2022, with a letter of application explaining their suitability for and interest in the position along with a latest curriculum-vitae, a recent passport size photograph, names and addresses (including phone and e-mail) of three referees that are knowledgeable about their professional qualifications and work experience, and the date of availability.  All applications will be acknowledged. However, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing diversity and maintaining a progressive and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether they have a disability.


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