Associate Scientist- Data Scientist Position in ICRISAT, India

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Designation/Position-  Associate Scientist- Data Scientist Position

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India invites application for Associate Scientist- Data Scientist

About- ICRISAT seeks applications for the post of Associate Scientist – Data Scientist to be based within the Systems Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture (SACSA) team and to be based at ICRISAT Headquarters in India. ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture. Associate Scientist- Data Scientist

ICRISAT is headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India, with two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see

Research/Job Area-  Biotechnology or related discipline of Cell and Molecular Biology and Trait Engineering (Agriculture / Biological Sciences) 

Location- The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India


Essential Requirements:

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following skills, knowledge, experience, and personal characteristics

  • Minimum Education: The candidate must have crop experience with in depth genetics understanding and should hold a PhD in Biotechnology or related discipline of Cell and Molecular Biology and Trait Engineering (Agriculture / Biological Sciences) 
  • Experience: Min 3-5 years of Post-PhD experience is required in the area of Cell and Molecular Biology with high quality research outputs including an excellent record of publication in high impact journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals and resource mobilization in the area of Cell and Molecular Biology, regeneration or similar areas.
  • Well connected with institutions, organization in the relevant areas of research.
  • Experience of leading multicultural, multi-disciplinary scientific teams and ability to work across diverse environments and cultures.
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English. Knowledge of other international languages, especially French, will be an advantage

Skills and Knowledge

  • · Leadership abilities, commitment towards organizational goals and strong interpersonal skills.
  • · A deep understanding of tissue culture in crops of agricultural importance with a basic understanding of molecular biology and genetics.
  • · Specialized technical skills in plant regeneration/transformation across recalcitrant/difficult crops, Genetic Engineering, Crop Improvement, Molecular Biology, etc.
  • · Proactive and achievement oriented.
  • · Collaborate with all ICRISAT research units across all locations and various NARS and international research institutions in providing Biotechnology science support and provide reliable backstopping to multidisciplinary teams of researchers during the research cycle.
  • · Contribute to research publications of scientists and research scholars, and documentation of in the regeneration/tissue culture/Trait Engineering/Cell and Molecular Biology.
  • · Track record of peer reviewed publications in agricultural research and allied sciences.
  • · Proactive and independent problem solver, and an excellent team player.

Key Skills

  • Molecular biology,
  • Analytical power,
  • Genetics,
  • team player

Additional/Preferred Skills: Leadership ability

Preferred Qualifications: PhD (life Sciences)

Preferred Industry Experience: No

Job/Position Description- 

ICRISAT seeks applications from motivated individuals for the position of Associate Scientist – Cell & Molecular Biology and Trait Engineering to support activities in the Centre for Gene Editing under the Global Research Program of Accelerated Crop Improvement. This is a National position and the incumbent will be based at Headquarters of ICRISAT at Patancheru, Hyderabad, India.

This is a contractual position for a period of 12 months.


  • Substantial contributions to the integrated crop strategy in ICRISAT by innovatively identifying, prioritizing, and targeting key research issues of Trait Engineering.
  • Contribute regularly and significantly to top quality international scientific literature, and demonstrate impact of research and delivery activities.
  • Collaborate with national and international partners and stakeholders to achieve the required impact of the institute’s research agenda in the Trait Engineering operations.
  • Prioritizing and developing strategies to target constraints in grain legumes (Groundnut, Pigeon pea and Chickpea) and dryland cereals (Sorghum, Pearl Millet and Finger millet) for which no genetic traits are available in conventional plant breeding applications;
  • Developing tissue culture tools towards increased regeneration efficiency, rapid screening, protocols for genetic and genome engineering as well as translational research activities;
  • Genetic transformation of grain legumes (groundnut, pigeon pea and chickpea), and a broader understanding of approaches for target identification aimed at integrating useful traits including enhanced disease and pest resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, nutrient/water use efficiency and nutritional enhancement;
  • Contribute in translational research activities including biosafety/quality assessment of edited/transgenic products, and building the capacities of stakeholders in different target countries of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to comply with the internationally and nationally laid out biosafety regulations and stewardship aspects in the public sector transgenic crops;
  • Integrate scientific innovations to design and build efficient regeneration/stable transformation protocols to generate robust tissue culture pipelines using existing as well as newer technologies with special focus on ICRISAT mandate crops;

How to Apply- 

Applicants should apply on or before 18 October 2023, with their latest Resume, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about their professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Last Date for Apply– 18 October 2023

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