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Assistant 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 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. 

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Assist in designing experiments for metabolomics and for micronutrient and heavy metal contaminant analyses, based on the research outlines provided
  • Contribute to the development of research proposals including reviewing relevant literature and providing logistical support
  • Verify suggested methodologies and establish parameters for improvisation when required
  • Assist in the identification of support staff and assign tasks/responsibilities
  • Ensure availability of services and supplies for uninterrupted flow of experiments
  • Manage the implementation of experiments and other research studies related to metabolomics and the analyses of micronutrients and heavy metals with speciation in rice grain by HPLC, ICP-MS and GC-MS
  • Provide assistance and guidelines/information to scholars and collaborators considering the implementation of experiment(s) including the logistics
  • Ensure smooth conduct of experiment(s) by troubleshooting and fostering a productive teamwork environment
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOP) for the lab.
  • Prepare posters and papers for presentation at local and international conferences
  • Coordinate Risk Management, Quality Assurance, and Safety Activities
  • Conduct inventory of chemicals


  • Exchange conceptual ideas with collaborating partners (national/international) and seek feedback
  • Coordinate with collaborating partners on their research requirements
  • Interact with Grain Quality and Nutrition Center at the IRRI Headquarters on complementary research projects on understanding the genetic basis of grain quality attributes
  • Responsible for the professional development of Research Technicians
  • Act as resource person for training courses and visitors
  • Supervise or assist students and trainees


  • Consolidate, evaluate and analyse research data related to metabolites, micronutrients and  heavy metals and their concentrations in the grain
  • Summarize and validate data using appropriate advanced statistical tools independently
  • Assist in the interpretation of results in relation to biochemical mechanisms and grain quality
  • Assist in drafting conclusions to enable necessary actions or decisions
  • Ensure maintenance of accurate data recording and update database for efficient storage and retrieval of information
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, publications, and presentations
  • Summarize research findings and draft manuscripts for publication in refereed journals
  • Submit project reports
  • Draft training material on methodologies and protocols, based on validated in house protocols and readily available published information (i.e. protocols, methodology)
  • Prepare necessary supply; identify resource persons; make sure that the logistics are appropriate for defined purpose
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and at least four years of relevant work experience in biological or biochemical research, or
  • Master of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry  and at least 1 year relevant work experience in biological or biochemical research
Skills Required


  • Proven technical proficiency in conducting research experiments
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Some Experience with Quality assurance
  • Some experience with Research management
  • Good presentation skills
  • Analytical skills in biochemistry, Mass spectrometry, HPLC, GC and/or ICP-MS


  • Some experience supervising or overseeing the work of laboratory staff
  • Capability to coordinate Risk Management Quality Assurance in the laboratory

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 5: INR 4,000

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 Assistant Scientist - Chemistry (CERVA)
Post Details
Email babitalukher(at)gmail.com
Employer's Website irri.org
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Chemistry
Job Classification Job Classification -> Specialist
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location India
Key Words design experiments and carry out research on grain quality utilizing chromatography and mass spectrometry based techniques,Verify suggested methodologies and establish parameters for improvisation when required,onsolidate, evaluate and analyse research da
Start Date September-21-2018
Salary 35700 - 74300 INR per Month
Deadline Oct-07-2018