C. S. Prakash prakash at tusk.edu
Thu Sep 9 08:49:14 EST 1999

[CODE :  IC-02/99- C]

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
(ICRISAT) is a nonprofit, autonomous, scientific research and training
institute receiving support from donors through the Consultative Group for
International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICRISAT undertakes global
research into the improvement of six crops (sorghum, pearl millet, finger
millet, groundnut, chickpea and pigeonpea) and into resource management
technologies to alleviate rural poverty in the semi-arid tropics which is
home to one-sixth of the world's population.

ICRISAT needs a Head, Applied Genomics Laboratory  (AGL) to be based at
Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India, who will provide technical leadership and
innovation in indentification, testing and implementation of molecular
strategies, techniques and analyses to enhance the conservation and
utilization of crop germplasm and investigage pathogens. The Head, (AGL)
reports to the Program Director- Genetic Resources and Enhancement Program

The appointee will a) support curatorial needs for the Gene Bank by
describing genomic variation and monitor changes in allele frequencies; b)
strengthen genetic enhancement via gene mapping and marker identification
for assisted-selection and aided-introgression using both the wild relatives
of crop plants as well as landrace germplasm.

The appointee's specific duties include a) developing linkages and
collaborative research projects with advanced research organizations,
national agricultural research systems and universities in the semi-arid
tropics; b)  co-ordinate grant proposals jointly with other research
partners and submit them for funding; d) coordinate the operations of
laboratory to perform automated DNA sequencing and fragment analysis,
automated DNA synthesis and DNA amplification; e) coordinate DNA and RNA
extraction, genomic and cDNA library construction, data analysis,
dissemination and documentation, presentation of results in scientific
journals and at meetings; and f) train graduate students and research
fellows and supervise laboratory technical staff and students.

Applicants should have a PhD degree in Plant Biology, Plant Breeding,
Genetics or any other related field with  at least 5 years of post-doctoral
experience in molecular genetics, molecular biology or molecular breeding,
including international exposure in genetic resources or genetic enhancement
research and development.  A record of achievement with academic
publications, successful grants management and leadership abilities is
essential. Experience in effective operation of a genetic analysis
laboratory, and ability to work well with staff, visiting scientists and
students are prerequisites. International experience in
co-ordinating/conducting research, education or development programs is
desirable.  Fluency in spoken and written English is essential and knowledge
of French is desirable. Sensitivity in working in a multicultural
environment will be given priority.

ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity in
gender and nationality. ICRISAT Headquarters is located at Patancheru near
Hyderabad, India with regional centers and teams in Asia and Africa.  The
Center's salaries and benefits are competitive with those of other
international institutions.  Further information about ICRISAT and the CGIAR
can be obtained via the internet at <http://www.cgiar.org/icrisat or
http://www.cgiar.org. ICRISAT welcomes enquiries from persons interested in
working while on secondment.

The appointment will be initially for THREE years with the possibility of
further extension. Please send nominations or cover letter with curriculum
vitae, including contact information of three references to N.P.
Rajasekharan, Director, Human Resources, ICRISAT, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh
502 324, India (Phone No +91-040-3296161; fax +91-040-241239 or
+91-8455-40348), email: N.Rajasekh at cgnet.com by 31 October 1999.

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