Post-Doctoral Fellow : Halophyte Scientist

Posting Date
18 February 2020
Closing Date
5 August 2020
Dubai, UAE
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Program Leader : Crops Diversification and Genetics
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The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture(ICBA) is an international, non-profit agricultural research center established in 1999 through the visionary leadership of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ICBA is a unique applied agricultural research center in the world that is focused on marginal areas where an estimated 1.7 billion people live. It identifies, tests and introduces resource-efficient, climate-smart crops and technologies that are best suited to different regions affected by salinity, water scarcity and drought. Through its work, ICBA helps to improve food security and livelihoods for some of the poorest rural communities around the world. ICBA is an equal opportunity employer and appoints qualified staff regardless of race, creed, color, age, gender, religion or national origin. We demonstrate our commitment to each member of our team through a competitive benefits package designed to assist our employees to cover their needs and the needs of their immediate family members.

Job Summary

Conduct applied research on halophytic crops directed for food, feed, biofuel and other innovative uses under marginal environments. The scientist will screen, evaluate various halophytes for commercial production (such as Salicornia and other halophytic species).


Job Responsibilities
  • Develop projects related to area of expertise and in line with ICBA’s mandate, and procure internal and external funding
  • Planning, developing and implementing projects related to halophytic production and genetic improvement in marginal environments
  • Undertake field experiments related to the optimization of the management practices for halophytes cultivation and their seed production
  • Derive results from compilation and synthesis of experimental data for the inferences and outputs to publish scientific reports and research papers in refereed journals
  • Prepare scientific reports and publications on area of expertise
  • Assist in the preparation of ICBA publications, including the newsletter
  • Supervise field assistants and workers
  • Assist in the preparation of the budget of the Directorate of Programs
  • Assist the stakeholders (farmers, researchers, extension officers and associated entrepreneurs) with technical backstopping
  • Any other assignment given by supervisor in the interest of ICBA


Qualifications and Experience
  • PhD in agronomy, plant breeding or related field from a recognized University
  • At least 2 years' experience in halophytic production systems
  • Strong publications record in refereed journals
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • International work experience
  • Good communication, teamwork and writing skills