Assistant Research Associate  
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Job Title:   Assistant Research Associate
Category:   Researcher
Total Positions:   2
Job Location:   Islamabad, Faisalabad
Gender:   No Preference
Minimum Education:   Masters
Degree Title:   Plant Breeding and Genetics
Career Level:   Experienced Professional
Minimum Experience:   2 Years
Apply By:   Jan 3, 2022
Job Description:

Assist the scientists in the design and application of research projects, as well as assist in compiling, analyzing data, and preparing reports for various research projects as per objectives.

  • Facilitate the implementation of wheat international nurseries
  • Participate in the phenotyping of wheat nurseries and yield trials across locations in Pakistan
  • Assist in grain samples collection and micronutrient analysis of wheat samples from different locations
  • Analysis of grain samples from various Zn biofortification trials for Zn and Fe using XRF machine or ICP analysis.
  • Agronomic fertilization strategies to see effect of genetically biofortified wheat varieties in sample.
  • Participate in the group meeting with CIMMYT-Pakistan and other national partners.
  • Assist research lead in protocols development,  and implementation of research protocols for the cultivation and improvement of the materials.
  • Collaborate in the design, the research, and the implementation of techniques for field measurements with high-tech equipment together with NARES partners.
  • Collaborate in the supervision of the work to ensure the techniques are performed or the crops are developed in compliance with established quality standards.
  • Collaborate in the field/laboratory activities as assigned and report situations that arise in the development of the project assigned.
  • Make periodic reports and tables that allow the program scientists to track their projects. Assist in writing articles.
  • Under the supervision of biometricians or projects, supervisors performs statistical analysis of the information collected in each of the stages of the crop cycle, through the development of a database, to present reports on the results achieved by the project.
  • Assist in the publication of research results through annual reports, presentations, and publications.
  • Under the directions of the science lead, participate in special projects with other partner research institutions and international organizations.
  • Contribute to the training and updating of knowledge and research techniques, to the rest of the staff working in the unit and keep updated on new research techniques or processes.
  • Visit and supervise other CIMMYT field trials and/or research fields of collaborators.
  • Organize field trips with researchers and visiting scientists of the Centre.
  • Conduct, if needed, field surveys and interviews with farmers, and convert raw data into meaningful information
  • Review publications for their inclusion into the database and collect information on the agricultural sector, to prepare articles and economic reports.
  • Keep a check on inventories of products and materials used and request a replacement when required.
  • Other activities as required by CIMMYT in support of its national and regional programs

Required Skills and specific experience:

  • Advanced knowledge of relevant administrative and/or operating research protocols of the function.
  •  Specialized knowledge in the field of expertise conducting breeding, varietal testing, and seed production research and research on the use of fungicides to control wheat rusts.
  • Requires conceptual knowledge of theories, practices, and procedures within plant breeding and seed systems discipline.
  • Proven experience in handling crop research, variety release and production of pre-basic and basic seeds, seed quality management, and seed regulatory issues
  • Ability to analyze trial data with its scientific interpretation, carry out and explain computations or resolve complex problems.
  • The ability to communicate and relate effectively with others is very important.
  • The purpose is often to provide or seek services, share information, and secure the cooperation and commitment of individuals or small groups or project teams.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.


Company Information
Company Name:  CIMMYT International
Company Description:
The CGIAR (the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) is a strategic alliance that unites organizations involved in agricultural research for sustainable development. The CGIAR is sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. The work they support is carried out by the 15 members of the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers, in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional agricultural research institutes, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector. rnrnCIMMYT, INT. (The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) not for profit research organization, is one of the 15 member’s centers of CGIAR with its Head Office in Mexico. CIMMYT, INT opened its first office in Islamabad in 2011 at NARC, Islamabad.

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