Maize Breader – Southern Africa


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Description :

Specific duties:


  • Effectively drive CIMMYT maize product delivery for the breeding pipelines in southern Africa.
  • Through strong collaboration with the teams involved in line development breeding, molecular breeding, phenotyping, and seed systems, ensure generation of high-quality data, statistical analysis and summary of results for stage-gate advancement, especially from Stage 3 to Stage 4, and from Stage 4 to Stage 5.
  • Enhance operational efficiency by regular review of the regional on-station trial data.
  • Convene the Southern African Maize Product Advancement Meetings with active and efficient engagement of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work in close collaboration with the regional breeding and GIS teams to optimize and align trial locations with product pipeline testing requirements.
  • Effectively fulfill agreed-upon QA/QC and seed quality targets for Stage 4 hand-off to the seed systems team in southern Africa.
  • Strongly contribute to the goal of increasing genetic gains in CIMMYT’s southern African maize breeding pipelines, including formulation, testing and identification of impactful hybrids.
  • Provide leadership to a team of research technicians and drive ownership and accountability amongst the team members.
  • Contribute effectively to the regional collaborative maize breeding network, and capacity building of partner institutions in southern Africa.
  • Ensure proper utilization of financial and human resources, as assigned by the program management.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts of the CIMMYT-GMP in Africa.
  • Contribute to the visibility of CIMMYT’s research, partnerships, and impacts, including publication of high-quality journal articles.
  • Perform additional/other duties, as may be assigned by the supervisor and Program Director.


Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:


· Strong interest in applied Maize breeding.

· A PhD degree in breeding or genetics, preferably with Maize or other cereals.

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