Colombia: Plant Physiologist (PhD) specialising in abiotic stress adaption

Organization: International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Country: Colombia
Closing date: 31 Jan 2017

We are looking for you:

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) requires your expertise to help establish new research approaches regarding abiotic stress adaption of tropical beans. CIAT is one of the 15 members of the Consortium of International Research Centers (CGIAR). By conducting re-search on crops important in the tropics, such as beans, manioc, rice and herbaceous forage, the Center is helping to sustainably enhance agricultural production and to improve supplies for people in rural and urban areas. The Center’s headquarters near Cali, Colombia are home to the world’s largest gene bank for tropical beans, forage grasses and manioc. As beans form a key nutritional basis for over 400 million people in tropical regions, cultivating resilient species is a priority area of research. Your tasks will involve:

Planning and conducting field tests to investigate the resilience of beans to abiotic stress factors suchas soil pH levels, aridity and heat

Instructing students, researchers and partners of Colombia’s National Agricultural Research System inresearch projects on phenotyping bean sprout plasma

Providing support in raising third-party funds for new research projects and in enhancing cooperationwith other international partners, such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ) GmbH

Your profile:

PhD in biology, biochemistry or a similar subject specialising in plant physiology or plant nutrition

Relevant experience researching abiotic stress tolerance and new phenotyping methods

Several years’ experience identifying research issues and highlighting appropriate solution strategies

Documented publishing activity in the relevant field

Business fluency in English and, ideally, a knowledge of Spanish

In addition you have the citizenship of an EU member state

What we offer:**

Varied tasks, which you will be expected to carry out self-responsibly in an international environment

Cooperation with other development cooperation organisations

Professional preparation for your assignment abroad

Local employment contract as an integrated expert for an initial period of two years – contract may beextended

Attractive monthly top-up payments in addition to local salary and social benefits**O**

How to apply:

Interested? Then submit your application using our online portal at to find out more about the services we offer. If you have any questions, please contact: Andrea König Tel.: +49.61.96. 79.35.78 Steve Beebe:

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