International Potato Center Plant Breeder, Sweet potato Jobs in Uganda

International Potato Center Plant Breeder, Sweet potato Jobs in Uganda

About the Position

  • This applied research position will be based at the Sweetpotato Support Platform for East Africa (SSP-EA), located in Kampala, Uganda.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Lead implementation of population improvement in East Africa, with a main focus on developing hybrid sweetpotato cultivars, and jointly with molecular breeding scientists, implement Genomic Selection in sweetpotato.

  • Increase, and document rates of genetic gains for key traits and, jointly with seed scientists, turnover of varieties on smallholder farms.

  • Develop and/or update Product Profiles, Product Advancement Process and other technologies developed through Excellence in Breeding.

  • Assist NARS breeders in sweetpotato modernization efforts.

  • Supervise the use of correct data collecting and data management procedures -contribute to the improvement and development of standard operational procedures (SOP)

  • Lead breeding fund raising efforts in East Africa.

  • Work with other CIP and EiB scientists to incorporate market information into breeding plans and prioritized traits.

  • Document scientific progress as papers in renowned scientific journals (Crop Science, Theoretical & Applied Genetics, Field Crops Research).

  • Guide graduate students conducting research in sweetpotato breeding.


    Who are we looking for?

  • PhD in Plant breeding, genetics, molecular breeding or related field with at least 3-5 years’ experience in field research. On the ground
    experience in Africa is desirable;

  • Expertise in quantitative genetics, advanced experimental design, database development and data analysis, interpretation, and reporting;

  • Aptitude for teamwork, and excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;

  • Familiarity with breeding of clonally propagated crops is desirable, and experience with sweetpotato will be an advantage;

  • Experience with gender approaches in plant breeding is desirable;

  • Willing, and able to travel within Uganda and East Africa


    What are we offering?

  • Exciting career opportunity in an international organization.

  • Internationally competitive salary, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience.

  • Comprehensive international insurance coverage.

  • Attractive retirement plan.

  • Three-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.

  • Work in an equal and diverse workplace

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; International Potato Center Plant Breeder, Sweet potato Jobs in Uganda

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