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Associate Scientist - Chemistry (CERVA)

Posted by: International Rice Research Institute

Posted date: Sep-23-2018

Location: India

 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

The Center of Excellence for Rice Value Addition (CERVA) is a major component of the IRRI South Asian Regional Centre (ISARC) that is being established in India by IRRI, with strong support from the Government of India to enhance research and training capability in the south Asian and African regions enabling production of rice with superior grain qualities. Under the general direction of the Head of CERVA, the Associate Scientist will conceptualize, plan and conduct research studies including activities such as preparation, improvement and/or development of necessary research tools, data collection, analysis and interpretation.  The role involves working closely with collaborating partner(s), exchanging information and presenting research findings (in seminars, conferences, publications). The Associate Scientist will also coordinate and prepare training sessions for a range of people, supervise, train and guide scholars, on-the-job trainees, researchers and research technicians.

The Associate Scientist will work widely across all areas of grain quality including milling, cooking, nutritional qualities and safety aspects to contribute significantly to the research and service missions of CERVA.

This position will be based at the IRRI South Asia Research Center, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in India and will only be filled by permanent citizens of India 

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

Roles and Responsibilities


  • To plan and design multiple experiments and research studies in the field of Biochemistry.
  • Prepare research outline stating rationale, hypothesis, experimental lay-out, statistical design, timetable of activities and conducting and overseeing analysis of starch structural and functional properties and other grain quality attributes using a range of techniques including chromatographic and Mass spectrometric approaches.
  • Learn and implement novel analytical technologies for evaluating the nutritional properties of grain and food safety aspects such as heavy metal and other toxic chemical contamination.
  • Organize research requirements by procuring all the necessary materials and equipment; ensure adequate manpower with appropriate skills
  • Identify the appropriate protocol for the implementation of the targeted metabolite platforms for free sugars and free amino acid analysis in the rice grain
  • Discuss and clarify guidelines for the appropriate utilization of experimental materials and facilities
  • Manage the implementation of experiments, and other research studies related to understanding the role of starch, proteins, fat, and other metabolites to grain quality
  • Coordinate and monitor activities on a regular basis to ensure the efficiency of the research process/operation
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOP)
  • Interpret the outcome of the data analyses/research findings based on the defined objective of the study and review of related literature
  • Validate that database/data set is current and initiate updates as necessary
  • Contribute to the content of publications in peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Supervise or assist Post-Doctoral Fellows, students and/or trainees
  • Meet with project leaders and/or collaborators to discuss the scope of specific research areas in the field/laboratory/greenhouse
  • Collaborate with Head of Grain Quality and Nutrition Centre at IRRI Headquarters and other IRRI colleagues to develop new projects to strengthen research in the area of rice grain quality.
  • Present research studies at seminars and/or conferences (local/international)
  • Guide/coach researchers, technicians, scholars and interns
  • Mentor team members in the process of establishing and maintaining experiment(s)
  • Prepare training materials and acts as a resource person in training within and outside IRRI
  • Organize and coordinate trainings for on-job trainees and interns
  • Contribute to professional service activities such as strategic committees or task forces etc.
  • Act as resource person for training courses and visitors
  • Supervise the work of Assistant Scientists, Researchers and/or Research Technicians
  • Supervise the work of Assistant Scientists, Researchers and/or Research Technicians
  • Carry out performance appraisals of Researchers


  • Manage other activities such as services sourced out from other units and /or contractors
  • Ensure that research procedures follow the experimental protocol as described in the outline
  • Consolidate, verify and analyze collected data using appropriate advanced statistical tools independently
  • Draw conclusions from the research studies
  • Prepare reports, scientific papers, articles, posters, database for publication and presentation
  • Responsible for the professional development of Researchers
  • Master of Science degree in [Chemistry/Biochemistry] and 3 years relevant work experience in [rice grain quality], or
  • PhD degree in [Biochemistry] and 1-year experience in [rice grain quality], or 
  • Equivalent training/experience
Skills Required


  • Proven Technical proficiency in conducting research experiments
  • Experience in contributing to research publications, presentations or related areas
  • Excellent analytical skills in chemical and biochemical lab environments
  • Skills in implementing Quality assurance tools
  • Familiar with Risk management in labs
  • Experience is some Research management
  • Experience in leading a small research team
  • Experience in chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques


  • Analytical skills in nutritional quality and safety evaluation of grains

Allowances & Benefits

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: INR 5,000

Dearness Allowance

One hundred and thirteen percent (113 %) of employee’s base pay

Leave Travel Allowance


One month base pay per annum on availing minimum 2 days of annual/vacation leave

Education Allowance

INR 1,000/- per child per month (limited to 2 children)

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.

Job Title Associate Scientist - Chemistry (CERVA)
Post Details
Email b.lukhar(at)irri.org
Employer's Website irri.org
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Chemistry
Job Classification Job Classification -> Senior Scientist
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location India
Key Words grain quality including milling, cooking, nutritional qualities and safety aspects to contribute significantly to the research and service missions of CERVA.
Start Date September-21-2018
Salary 49700 - 103300 INR per Month
Deadline Oct-07-2018