Project Associate I – Breeding Molecular Breeding, Data Analysis, Genotyping

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  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    3 months ago
  • Category:
    Biology and Life Sciences, Project Management, Research and Data
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About IRRI


The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, non-profit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.


Job Purpose


International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) with the support of the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture, and Farmers’
Welfare has established IRRI-South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is a regional facility that supports research collaboration, training, and service provision to institutions, scientists, farmers, and other stakeholders from India and other South Asian and African nations. Recently the government of India has accorded approval for ISARC phase 2 through MOU with IRRI to implement next phase activities up to 2027. It has three verticals: Centre of Excellence in Rice Value Addition (CERVA), Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture (CESA), and Centre of Education, Innovation, and Research for Development (CEIRD).
This position requires Project Associate -I for conducting field and glasshouse related experiments for crossing/backcrossing of lines for traits associated with biotitic/abiotic stress, grain quality and nutritional traits. Involves and monitor preparation of seed nursery, transplanting, field maintenance, harvesting, and seed processing of molecular breeding samples. Conduct GWAS study, foreground and background selection of breeding lines. Generation advancement of developed lines, phenotypic evaluation and multi-location testing at ISARC, Varanasi, India.

This position will be based out of the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and will only be filled by permanent citizens of India.


Roles and Responsibilities


  • Conduct field/glasshouse experiment, crossing and advancement of breeding lines
  • GWAS for targeted biotic, abiotic, grain quality and nutritional traits
  • Foreground and background selection developed breeding lines
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, publications, and presentations by summarizing research findings
  • Collaborate with partners to obtain progress report as well as keep participating institutes as well as DBT updated on research progress
  • Supervise the work of lab/field staff and/or contract workers, contribute to the professional development of field staff and assist students and trainees
  • Assist in the maintenance and organization of molecular lab to ensure order and cleanliness as required by the protocols of the Institute including storage and preparation of samples, genotyping and other activity
  • Maintain supply inventory and ensure the availability of research materials for lab
  • Assist in organizing field visit and filed demonstration
  • Assist in supervising daily-wage-labors for day-to-day activities
  • Record, compile and encode data for reporting and analysis
  • Handling post-harvest activity and seed preparation
  • Genotyping and phenotyping of germplasm/breeding lines.
  • Participate/contribute to visits, meetings, workshops, farmers’ fairs, and any such events at ISARC and outside.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by ISARC Director / Head CESA/ Unit Leads/ Coordinator.




M. Sc. (Ag) Genetics and plant breeding/ Plat Biotechnology/ Plant Science with 0-1 year relevant work experience


Skills Required



  • Hybridization / crossing techniques in rice
  • Should be able to handle basic molecular techniques /genotyping/ Tools
  • Stock solution, chemical , gel and media preparation
  • Safe use of equipment
  • Handling of breeding experiment


  • Has experience in rice molecular breeding research

In addition to the base salary mentioned above, IRRI provides a house rent allowance of 16% of base pay per month.

IRRI offers a highly extensive employee benefits package inclusive of globally-covered medical insurance, retirement plan, life and accident insurance and other allowances. Join our team and be part of our story!

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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