Senior Associate Scientist - Tenders Global

Senior Associate Scientist

International Rice Research Institute




This position will be recruited for R&D on biotechnology – alternatives to chemical fertilizers. In the first 3 years contract, S/he will be a key researcher to implement the activities under the USDA – Fertilizer Right Project. This project aims to increase farming and fertilizer use efficiency, effectiveness and develop alternatives to chemical fertilizers and reduce GHG emissions.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop alternatives to chemical fertilizers 
  • Lead in conducting field trials to validate alternatives to chemical fertilizers applied for rice and coffee
  • Manage and develop technical packages and training materials on precision farming and site-specific nutrient management for rice in Vietnam;
  • Lead the capacity building on – and scaling of – the above technologies and innovations
  • Manage and oversee on project coordination activities such as workshops, reports, etc.
  • Align and pro-actively engage with the project partners, e.g. DARDs, national institutions, etc.
  • Supervise technicians to conduct the related experiments, field trials, and demonstrations
  • Deliver timely and outcome-oriented strategies and reports to relevant IRRI staff
  • Ensure and prepare the quality of research/technical reports and data
  • Data management to guarantee quality data, data back up, and data integrity
  • MSc on Biotechnology / Biochemistry, and at least 6 years of relevant experience
  • PhD on Biotechnology / Biochemistry, and at least 3 years of relevant experience
Skills Required Mandatory:
  • Background in biotechnology / biochemistry
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Experience relevant to fertilizer
  • Have a mix of practical field skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Experience with rice and/ or coffee




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