Plant Breeder – National Agricultural Research Organization [NARO]


National Agricultural Research Organization
is implementing a public-private partnership project with international,
regional and local institutions on water efficient maize for Africa (WEMA). The
project aims to improve food security and rural livelihoods among small-scale
maize producers in Africa by developing drought tolerant-hybrid maize
varieties. This Project is funded through African Agricultural Technology
Foundation by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Howard Buffet Foundation.
Feed the Future initiative of USAID is also supporting NARO to improve food
security, health and nutrition.
NARO is seeking for dynamic scientists and technicians to
implement project activities under the cereals program at the National Crops
Resources Research Institute as follows;
PLANT BREEDER-  USAID-Feed the Future (Maize) 1 Position
Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Designing
    plant breeding strategies for the short and long term goals and
    objectives.
  • Contribute
    to develop research objectives, design, and data analysis to achieve the desired
    objectives.
  • Conducting
    participatory evaluation and breeding for desirable traits.
  • Coordinate,
    and evaluate performance trials, breeding nurseries, and experiments.
  • Contribute
    to effective communication and synergy between the desired maize trait and
    the general breeding program.
  • Collaborate
    with multidisciplinary research team.
  • Assist
    with the coordination of research activities, e.g. guide research
    assistants, technicians and students.
Required Skills/Experiences:
  • PhD
    in plant breeding and genetics, or closely related disciplines with a
    strong background in plant breeding, genetics, field based research,
    statistical analysis, molecular biology and molecular marker applications.
  • Proficiency
    with database applications, data analysis and spreadsheet software.
How to apply:
Interested persons with the above requirements should submit
hand-written applications together with a detailed curriculum vitae giving
day-time telephone numbers and names and addresses of 3 (three) referees as
well as copies of professional certificates and transcripts to the undersigned
not later than 5.00 pm on Monday, 12th March 2012. The Director National
Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI)
 P.O. Box 7084,
KAMPALA
 N.B The advert could also be viewed at NARO website www.ftaro.go.ug.
Or www.nacrri.go.ugOnly
shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

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