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International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Scientist Full-time
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Scientist - Genebank

ICRISAT seeks applications from dynamic Indian nationals for the position of Scientist for a project entitled ?Bihar Centre of Excellence for Millets Value Chain, which has six work packages namely genetic resources, breeding, agronomy, seed system, value addition and capacity building? to be implemented in Bihar State. This position is based at Mayapur village, Gaya, Bihar, and reporting to ICRISAT Headquarters, Patancheru, Telangana, India.

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 kilometers 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 -



  • To supervise and manage the staff and farm operations including farm expenditures and submitting reports monthly

  • To plan and conduct various field experiments (genetic resources, breeding, agronomy, seed system, value addition and capacity building) in consultation with the project investigators (PIs) and Project Coordinator

  • Breeding pearl millet and small millets, evaluation of breeding materials at multiple locations in project sites

  • Crop management, data collection, data analysis and reporting to the PIs

  • Analyze, summarize, and interpret the data of the experiments conducted in field and laboratory

  • To liaise with local contact person and state department and collaborating universities in the Bihar State for smooth farm operations at the Centre

  • Traveling to other sites in Bihar state for conducting experiments

  • Performing project activities as advised by the project coordinator


PhD. in Plant Breeding/Agronomy/Seed Science with a good academic record with at least 5 years of experience after obtaining PhD

Extensive experience in conducting field experiments, evaluating germplasm and breeding lines for various traits

Sound knowledge of experimental designs and statistical analysis using R and other statistical packages

Excellent communication and computer skills, fluency in written and spoken English and the ability to work independently in a multi-cultural environment

Candidate with good quality publication record in peer-reviewed journals

Should have aptitude to work collegially and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural environments

Fluency in spoken and written English is essential; understanding of local language is desirable

Ability to work independently with minimal daily supervision and proactively solve problems


This is a contractual role for a period of 36 months (3 years).

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 21 April 2024, with their latest Resume, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about their professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

This position is no longer open.