Senior Research Associate - India, West Bengal (N-24-38)

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The International Potato Center (CIP) is looking for a proactive Senior Research Associate to work in the project titled: ‘Developing local Seed Potato Production System in West Bengal’.

About the role

This position will be based in West Bengal and the selected candidate will be responsible for the Pathology and seed quality aspects of the project deliverables. This position will be based in Siliguri, West Bengal, India and will report to the Project Manager of West Bengal Project.

Key responsibilities:

The selected candidate will mainly focus on these tasks/responsibilities below:

  • Lead and manage research projects focusing on seed pathology, coordinate research activities and resources to ensure project goals are met.
  • Design and conduct experiments to study seed health and disease resistance.
  • Analyze data and prepare detailed research reports, conduct thorough data analysis to identify patterns, trends, and correlations.
  • Collaborate with other researchers and departments to ensure project consistency.
  • Provide guidance and supervision to junior researchers, technicians, and interns.
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present at conferences.
  • Comply with national and international health and safety laws, regulations, and standards.


What are we looking for?

The selected candidate should have the following skills, knowledge, experience, and personal characteristics:

  • Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Seed Technology, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience in agricultural research, specifically in seed pathology.
  • Proven track record of research publications.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and leadership abilities.
  • Advance written and verbal communication skills in English, Hindi and Bengali.
  • Willingness to travel frequently within Districts of West Bengal.

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