IRS24124- Associate Scientist, Wheat Molecular Breeder.

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CIMMYT is a cutting edge, non-profit, international organization dedicated to solving tomorrow's problems today. It is entrusted with fostering improved quantity, quality, and dependability of production systems and basic cereals such as maize, wheat, triticale, sorghum, millets, and associated crops through applied agricultural science, particularly in the Global South, through building strong partnerships. This combination enhances the livelihood trajectories and resilience of millions of resource-poor farmers, while working towards a more productive, inclusive, and resilient agrifood system within planetary boundaries.

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CIMMYT-Shandong Joint Center seeks an early career and self-motivated wheat scientist with demonstrated experience in molecular marker development, deployment, and high-throughput phenotyping platforms.

The position will be based at CIMMYT- Shandong Joint Center, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai’an, China.

Specific duties:

  • Lead and implement the CIMMYT- Shandong wheat molecular breeding program targeting the development of wheat lines with high yield potential, adaptation to reduced irrigation and high temperature.
  • Develop robust phenotypic selection criteria using remote and ground-based data.
  • Integrate molecular marker deployment strategies to assist selection.
  • Curate data, analyze, report, and publish results.
  • Contribute to research proposals and seek opportunities for new collaborations and funding sources.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate technicians.
  • Co-supervise graduate students.


  • PhD in plant genetic breeding with post-doctoral experience, or other highly related fields.
  • Experience in high-throughput phenotyping, image analysis, and data extraction.
  • Experience in gene discovery as well as molecular marker development and deployment strategies.
  • Competent in statistical analysis and data interpretation.
  • Track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Problem-solving and decision-making, client orientation, negotiation and conflict resolution, communication, and teamwork.

The position is for an initial fixed term of three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, car, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual home travel airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.


Candidates must apply online for IRS24124_Associate Scientist, Wheat Molecular Breeder.

Screening and follow up of applications will begin on, June 24th, 2024. Applications must include a CV with contact details (telephone and email address) of 3 work-related references along with the confirmation that Recruitment can contact them) and a cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This position will remain open until filled.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.

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