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Associate Scientist, Potato Breeding and Product Development (G-21-32) – CGIAR

Jul 16 2021

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic and innovative Associate Scientist, with expertise in at least one of the following areas: potato breeding, potato crop management, product development with excellent practical, organizational and communication skills and a high level of commitment to conduct potato breeding and developpotato varieties to be commercialized in tropical environments for South East Asia and Pacific.

This research position will be based in Hanoi, Vietnam and the scientist will be a member of CIP’s Genetics, Genomics & Crop Improvement Science Division and its Agile Potato for Asia Program. The major objective of the project supporting the position is to select and develop improved potato varieties for fresh and processing use, closely working with a leading potato breeding company, HZPC. The area of interest and target population of environments is South and Southeast Asia, but international travel is required.

According to project plan, identify appropriate infrastructure and locations for potato breeding and product • development purposes in Vietnam.

Manage potato progenies and carry out selection and breeding procedures.

Assess and maintain health and genetic identity of breeding materials.

Develop and implement off -line and on-line breeding data management systems and expense accounts

Determine breeding value and varietal attributes of advanced lines and new selections through phenotypic and • genotypic assessment

Contribute to the development, registration and commercialization of improved potato varieties.

Contribute to assessment of varietal preferences and use as a part of interdisciplinary teams

Write technical reports and communicate fluently with team members of CIP and partner organizations (HZPC, a leading • Dutch potato breeding company, and SFSA (Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture).

Interact with and manage relationships with national and regional partners.

Organize and facilitate national and regional workshops and knowledge sharing events.

Represent CIP in relevant workshops, congress and meetings as required.

Engage with policy makers, NGOs and National Programs and other actors as needed to support knowledge sharing and capacity building.

Accountable for compliance according to the delegation of authority assigned to the position.

Put into effect CIP’s policies among supervised staff

Comply with national and international health and safety laws, regulations and standards.

Publish and communicate research results through journals, Internet and other outlets.

Develop concept notes and proposals in strategic research areas to sustain breeding activity.


PhD in Plant Breeding or other Crop Sciences. Applicants with a M.Sc., or substantial • professional experience, will be considered as well.

At least 2-5 years’ experience in breeding potato (advantageous) or another clonal crop, and/or • on product development, registration and commercialization of new crop varieties.

Strong knowledge of experimental design, genetics and statistics, GxE analysis for breeding and variety selection

General and practical knowledge in plant health management, agronomy and accounts management

Understanding and experience with molecular genetic characterization, principles and practices of marker-assisted selection

Demonstrated collaboration skills, proactive in inter-institutional and collegial relationships.

Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, taking consistent action and focused on meeting project timelines.

Knowledge of national agricultural research systems in Asia, Vietnam in particular.

Experience working with private sector and end-users of breeding products desirable.


xciting career opportunity in an international organization.

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

Three-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.

Source: CGIAR Vacancies