Potato Scientist (18-69)

Category: Research and Development

Location: New Delhi Delhi India

The International Potato Center
(CIP) is seeking a dynamic, motivated and results-oriented Potato Scientist to lead the potato research of CIP in
collaboration with its partners in Asian countries. The scientist will be a
team member of the Asia Potato Program. He/she will lead the screening of CIP
elite clones, support national programs in variety release and improvements in
national seed systems, and conduct research on sustainable climate smart potato
cultivation practices and the intensification and diversification of cropping
systems with potato to increase overall system productivity and food security
of small-scale farming households.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead a
    team of scientists and conduct research with partners in varietal selection,
    seed systems, sustainable climate smart potato cultivation practices,
    integrated pest and on-farm post-harvest management. 
  • Provide
    intellectual leadership for the design and implementation of operational
    research to determine opportunities and constraints for agricultural
  • Provide
    quality control of work plans and establish flexible and accountable processes
    for timely planning and delivery of research outputs and outcomes, and
  • Publish
    and communicate research results through high impact scientific journals,
    participation in scientific conferences, and using social media and other
  • Develop
    concept notes and proposals for strategic research to build and maintain a good
    portfolio of bilateral funded projects and activities.
  • Establish
    and maintain good communication links with international and state government
    partners to ensure effective and integrated implementation of research
    activities. Build and manage a productive partnership with relevant CGIAR


  • PhD degree in Agricultural Sciences or related disciplines.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in potato research.
  • Excellent knowledge of potato in most of the relevant areas
    (variety assessments, seed systems, agronomy, plant protection, and
    post-harvest management).
  • Relevant publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in experimental design, and field experimentation;
    excellent statistical, computer and data management skills. 
  • Experience in project management and administration.
  • Strong communication and networking skills; interest and
    demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
    knowledge of other Asian languages would be an asset.
  • Strong team player, self-motivated, goal-oriented and committed to
    shared goals.


should you consider this opportunity?

  • CIP is a global leader in
    research and development in potato and other root and tuber crops with a
    strong track-record in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • CIP is a recent World Food
    Prize Winner, and CIP has been recently awarded the Al-Sumait Award for
    our Orange Flesh Sweet Potato work in Africa. 
  • CIP is dedicated to achieving
    food security, improved nutrition and well-being, and gender equality for
    poor people in the developing world.
  • CIP is a member of the CGIAR
    Consortium, a global network of 15 international research centers
    supported by more than 50 donor members.


What are
we offering?

  • Great
    career opportunity in an international organization.
  • Salary
    is internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with
  • Comprehensive
    international insurance coverage.
  • Attractive
    retirement plan.
  • Three-year
    term contract with the possibility of renewal.
  • Work
    in an equal and diverse workplace.

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