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Senior Specialist - Agronomy & Crop Modelling

Posted by: International Rice Research Institute

Posted date: May-02-2018

Location: Guntur/Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

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, 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.

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

In collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Acharya Nayukulu Gogineni Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) and sarmap, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)  is establishing a satellite-based rice monitoring system (SRMS) for the state of Andhra Pradesh for the purpose of (i) facilitating regular crop condition updates to promote greater market stabilisation and improved food security, (ii) strengthening the preparedness of the state government to respond to flood, drought, cyclone and other natural disasters affecting rice production in the state by supporting policy planning and relief effort,  and (iii) improving efficiency of the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana(PMFBY) crop insurance schemes for rice farmers in Andhra Pradesh. In supporting the development of the operational SRMS, the project will embark in dedicated activities to collect in-situ data for crop yield model inputs and parameters calibration and to validate rice monitoring products. To this end, provision and processing of secondary data will also be critical in order to capture locally relevant soil, weather, and agronomic practice information.  This position will participate and overseas data collection, cleaning, and quality focusing on data use for rice growth monitoring and yield estimation.  The incumbent will work closely with the supervisor (Scientist, Crop Modeller) in capacity building activities to equip NARES partners with crop modelling technology to generate and adapt and make use of rice information products to achieve project goals on food security, resilient, and crop insurance.

This position will be based at Guntur/Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

Current IRRI staff are encouraged to apply and will be prioritized.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Coordinate the local team in data collection activities and verify the quality of field data for crop modelling products calibration and validation.
  • Guide rice crop yield estimation and monitoring based on site-specific information and other key drivers and technological innovations.
  • Contribute in publishing research papers in international peer-reviewed journals.


Establish, coordinate and maintain linkages with project team members, local government, partners, farmer groups and universities to ensure smooth execution of field activities and work plan;


  • Supervise the collection of data to guarantee quality data, data back up and data integrity;
  • Manage direct reports, develop work plan, set milestones and supervise the implementation of research activities;
  • Review and monitor monthly and annual financial reports;
  • Prepare and assure quality of project reports and papers for presentation at policy and academic forums and publication in the impact peer review journals
  • Assist in research activities leading toward improvement of the satellite-based rice monitoring system

Master Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science or other related discipline with at least 3  years relevant work experience in GIS and remote-sensing; or

Recent PhD in Agronomy, Soil Science, and other related discipline with relevant experience in Crop Modelling




  • Has extensive proven technical proficiency in crop modelling
  • Has experience in writing research papers and/or reports
  • Has excellent analytical  and computer kills
  • Has experience with implementing data management tools
  • Has experience with  Quality assurance
  • Has experience leading/supervising a team
  • Has excellent written and communication skills
  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills


  • Has experience in GIS and remote-sensing
  • Has knowledge on equal opportunity, cultural, and gender diversity
  • Has knowledge on occupational health and safety
  • Can speak local language - Telugu


House-Rent Allowance IRRI provides a house rent allowance of 40% of base pay per month.
Transport Allowance A monthly transport allowances are provided to NRS as follows:
Job Level 6-7: INR 5,000
Dearness Allowance One hundred and thirteen percent (113 %) of employee’s base pay
Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) One month base pay per annum1, on availing minimum 2 days of annual/home leave
Education Allowance INR 1,000/- per child per month

To Apply

Please visit:

http://irri.org/talentlink/details.html?id=Q7L FK026203F3VBQB79QWQWAS&n PostingID=901&nPostingTargetID=1726&mask =irriext&lg=EN

Job Title Senior Specialist - Agronomy & Crop Modelling
Post Details
Email n.tokas(at)irri.org
Employer's Website http://
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Geoscience
Job Classification Job Classification -> Senior Scientist
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location Guntur/Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Key Words Agronomy, Soil Science, GIS and remote sensing;
Start Date 02/05/2018
Salary 49700 - 103300 INR Per month
Deadline May-16-2018