Breeder for Cassava Germplasm Enhancement

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (www.ciat.cgiar.org) works to reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture. CIAT is a member of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org), a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. The Center’s research focuses on increasing productivity of key crops (cassava, common bean, rice, and tropical forages), reversing soil and land degradation, and using information to foster better decisions about issues such as climate change and environmental management. It is the lead Center for CGIAR-wide climate change research and Big Data platform. CIAT operates in nearly 60 countries around the world, from its global headquarters in Cali (Colombia). CIAT

CIAT’s Cassava Program has worked for more than four decades developing enhanced cassava varieties through collection, selection and breeding. Cassava cultivation is an entry point for employment and income creation for small-farm owners and landless farmers, as well as, to countless processors and traders worldwide; novel cassava varieties (high pro-vitamin A, high starch content) have contributed to improved livelihoods of may smallholder farmers. The Cassava Program in partnership with the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) aims to create a sustainable cassava production system through agricultural innovations for impact that will increase cassava production without increasing environmental pressures.

The Cassava Program is seeking a highly motivated and innovative Breeder for Germplasm Enhancement to join on a full-time basis our cassava breeding team located at our breeding station in Palmira, Colombia; but results will have application across the Tropics with particular emphasis in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), South East Asia (SEA) and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This position will be responsible for the design, implementation and optimization of breeding procedures for germplasm enhancement. This will involve the analysis and design of breeding experiments and marker-trait associations in collaboration with our molecular breeding and biotechnology team. Our breeding station in Palmira/Colombia is located close to the city of Cali.