IRRI - Assistant Scientist - Gene Bank Field Operations

By biogeny 27-Oct-2017

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  • 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, nonprofit, 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.

    Job Purpose

    Under the general direction of the Principal Scientist and Senior Associate Scientist, support the implementation of research activities related to the genetic conservation, particularly on field operations, characterization and seed multiplication/ regeneration.

    This position will be based at the IRRI Headquarters, Los Banos, Laguna and may only be filled by permanent citizens of the Philippines.

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Roles and Responsibilities


  • Facilitate the planning, designing and field implementation of germplasm characterization and multiplication and other experiments to support IRRI’s genetic resources conservation research
  • Evaluate and validate experimental data before uploading into the Genetic Resources Information Management System (GRIMS)


  • Collaborate with internal and external TTC-GRC stakeholders to ensure smooth flow of knowledge and material transfer
  • Work closely with IRRI service units to ensure timely supply of laboratory consumables and reagents as well as in the proper handling and maintenance of research areas and technical equipment
  • Supervise, evaluate and provide recommendations to improve research activities/tasks performed by research technicians
  • Accommodate students and visitors and facilitate laboratory tour discussions during field visits


  • Perform data analysis using the most appropriate advanced statistical tool and summarize results
  • Support the delivery of characterization and regeneration Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Contribute to the development of research proposals including review of related literature, selection of adequate research tools and equipment, verification of suggested methodologies and establishment of parameters for the monitoring and evaluation of project milestones
  • Supervise and lead the maintenance of accurate data recording and update GRIMS for efficient storage and retrieval of genetic conservation research data
  • Prepare training materials and act as resource person for trainings related to seed multiplication, characterization and other related topics
  • Interpret results and contribute to the writing of manuscripts for reports/publications as well as presentations/posters for national and international conferences.
  • Contribute to the development, updating of the needed documents for TTC GRC Risk Management and Quality Assurance.
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Plant Genetic Resources, Seed Technology and/or 6 years of relevant work experience in Genetic Resources Conservation and Management or
  • Masters in Agriculture, Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Plant Genetic Resources, Seed Technology and/or 2 years of relevant work experience in Genetic Resources Conservation and Management
Skills Required


  • Proven technical proficiency in conducting research experiments
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Good working relationship with external contractors and support services
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience with quality assurance
  • Experience in research management
  • Good presentation skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Able to work independently


  • Experience in conducting rice research or production, particularly in genetic conservation and characterization
  • Experience supervising or overseeing staff

By biogeny 27-Oct-2017

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