Field Research Technician – Nursery and Seed Production at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)


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  • Company: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: - Agricultural Jobs in KenyaData Science / Research Jobs in Kenya
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Job Description

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries.

Specific duties:
  • Prepare and manage nurseries including seed preparation, preparation of field maps, oversee planting, pollination and data collection as instructed by the breeder, oversee harvest, processing of seed
  • Coordinate genotyping sampling and shipment
  • Prepare and manage seed multiplication activities as guided by the breeder
  • Learn and operate the Breeding Management System (BMS) or the Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) in order to manage routine operations, data upload, data curation and cleaning and preliminary analysis
  • Manage seed inventory and storage
  • Implement timely digital data capture using the relevant tools and software as identified by AVISA management
  • Develop and map out process flows for AVISA crop nursery operations
  • Assist partners based on their needs and in coordination with the supervisor
  • Perform any other duties as agreed with the supervisor
Required background, skills and attitudes:
  • BSc or MSc in Plant Breeding, Agricultural Sciences or biotechnology
  • Minimum two (2) years experience in managing agricultural field activities or research projects
  • Good writing records, computing software and other IT materials
  • Familiarity with legumes and/or cereal crops and related research operations (pollination, data collection from trials and nurseries, running breeding and operational software, experience with genotyping sampling etc.) will be an advantage.
  • Ability to manage labor, estimate labor demand, provide supervision and training to field staff to manage breeding research activities
  • Ability to work independently with minimal day to day supervision and proactively solve problems
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills to line manager and colleagues on station
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Communication, Critical Thinking, Teamwork and Client Orientation
Method of Application
Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 18 July. 2022
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