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Senior Plant Breeder

Location: 
Dubai, UAE
Report To: 
Section Head – Crop Diversification and Genetic Improvement
Vacancy Type: 
Full-time
Job Number: 
ICBADRI-SPB-2018-004
Status: 
Closed
Posting Date: 
الخميس, فبراير ۲۲, ۲۰۱۸
Closing Date: 
الخميس, أغسطس ۲۳, ۲۰۱۸
Grade: 
۱٦ - ۱۷
Job Summary: 

ICBA is seeking a dynamic and motivated senior scientist for the position of Plant Breeder.‎ The successful candidate will manage all components of ICBA’s plant breeding programs, including management of existing germplasm, acquisition of new germplasm, development of elite breeding lines and hybrids of salt-tolerant crops intended for marginal environments.‎

Candidates are sought with proven expertise in plant germplasm evaluation, enhancement, and utilization in addition to demonstrated capacity to integrate next-generation technologies and large datasets with classical field- and laboratory-based plant improvement approaches in their research program.‎

The successful candidate will be expected to build an internationally recognized research program that integrates modern and conventional methods to make genetic discoveries and improve germplasm for salt-tolerant crops intended for marginal environments.‎ The initial focus will be on ICBA’s key breeding programs on quinoa and perennial forages.‎ Potential research topics include, but are not limited to, genetic resources characterization and evaluation, pre-breeding, genetics of abiotic stress tolerance, genetics of nutritional traits, and the integration of advanced breeding and genetic technologies with phenotypic selection.‎

Job Responsibilities: 
  • Identify specific needs and develop breeding strategies that benefit improvement of salt-tolerant crops in marginal environments, initially focusing on ICBA’s key breeding programs on quinoa and perennial forages.‎
  • Support the lab-based molecular team in breeding projects for genetic improvement of target crops.‎
  • Develop, propose and implement complex breeding/research techniques and procedures for the cultivation and improvement of the plant germplasm of stress-tolerant crops/species;‎ in collaboration with participating National Research Programs ‪(NARs)‬.‎
  • Develop, fundraise for and execute projects related to plant breeding in line with ICBA’s mandate.‎
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals with high journal impact factors.‎
  • Develop strong national, regional and international partnerships and collaborate within existing networks.‎
  • Develop and take part in workshops, conferences and training programs for scientists and regional specialists in plant breeding.‎
  • Supervise associate scientists, technicians and field workers.‎
Qualifications and Experience: 

Essential

  • Ph.D.‎ or its equivalent in plant breeding and/or genetics with a demonstrated interest in integrating across multiple dimensions of the food system;‎
  • At least 10 years of experience in plant germplasm enhancement;‎ preferably with international research experience;‎
  • Strong publication record;‎
  • Proven success in obtaining research grant funding from international donors;‎
  • Proven capacity to manage multidisciplinary and international research teams and projects;‎
  • Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research information;‎
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.‎

Desirable:

  • Innovation patents;‎
  • Experience in introduction and domestication of new and non-conventional crops;‎
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or French.‎

Application

Qualified candidates are requested to submit the following to HR Section at hr@biosaline.org.ae:

  • Cover letter
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Three references

Applications should be sent with the subject line “Senior Plant Breeder”.‎