Plant Physiologist

Job Summary

ICBA is seeking a dynamic and motivated biological scientist for the position of Plant Physiologist. Candidates are sought with a demonstrated ability and R&D experience in plant physiology. The ideal candidate will have a background including studies of plant reactions to physical and biological stressors.

The Plant Physiologist will work closely with ICBA breeders, geneticists, and soil/water experts to conduct research on testing crops (varieties) and determining yield and resistance to abiotic stresses. His/her tasks will also include designing and carrying out variety testing experiments and developing projects to identify varieties with increased yield and quality for salt-tolerant crops produced in marginal environments.

Job Responsibilities
  • Identify salt-tolerant varieties that have increased yield and improved quality through variety testing;
  • Identify the best salt-tolerant crop species for new product lines;
  • Improve yield stability and nutritional qualities, and support research on new high-yielding salt-tolerant varieties, and novel growing methods;
  • Design and manage ongoing experiments, analyze data, present results, and support decisions on yield and quality testing;
  • Develop and run crop models for crops under marginal conditions;
  • Develop, fundraise for and execute projects related to soil management 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 soil management;
  • Supervise associate scientists, technicians and field workers.
Qualifications and Experience


  • PhD in Plant Physiology or related fields with a demonstrated interest in integrating across multiple dimensions of the food system;
  • At least 5 years of experience in plant physiology research; preferably with regional or international research experience;
  • Good publication record;
  • Proven success in obtaining research grant funding from international donors;
  • Proven capacity to work within 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.


  • Working knowledge of statistics and database management
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or French


Qualified candidates are requested to submit the following to HR Section at

  • Cover letter
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Three references

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

Post Date
22 February 2018
Vacancy Type
Closing Date
6 June 2018
Dubai, UAE
Report To
Section Head, Crop Diversification and Genetic Improvement
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