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Assistant Scientist - Chemistry (CERVA)Posted by: International Rice Research Institute
Posted date: Sep-23-2018
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.
The Centre 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 direct supervision of the Head of CERVA, the Assistant Scientist will assist in the design of experiment(s) and survey(s) and managing the implementation of research activities aligned to specific project goals of CERVA. The role involves evaluating and validating experimental data and contributing to manuscript for reports and publications as well as presentations/posters for national and international conferences. The Assistant 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.
A major component of the role is to design experiments and carry out research on grain quality utilizing chromatography and mass spectrometry based techniques. This include analysis of micronutrients and heavy metals and its speciated forms in the grain by Inductively Coupled Plasma –Mass Spectrometry (ICPC-MS) and analysis of metabolites in rice grain by Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and other advanced biochemical tools.
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.
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