International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) 

Position Title: Researcher - Breeding

Job ID : HQ01010
Location : Bangladesh
Closing Date : May 20, 2019

About IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.

Job Purpose

This position will assist project scientists in establishing field trials and other experiments with breeding lines using appropriate experimental design and layout. S/he will also monitor and evaluate the progress of the trials regarding agronomic management, data collection, processing, analysis and report writing. Ensure information generated by project is provided to the relevant scientists and supervisor.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Contribute to the appropriate implementation of research/breeding trials including appropriate experimental design, field lay-out, agronomic practices, data collection, process, analysis etc.
  • Coordinate with collaborating partners on their research requirements
  • Verify suggested methodologies and establish parameters
  • Select and facilitate adequate research tools and equipment
  • Manage researcher, technicians and laborers
  • Coordinate the required services and supplies for breeding activities


  • Assign, monitor and evaluate research activities/tasks performed by Researchers, Research Technicians and contract workers
  • Provide technical guidance when necessary
  • Maintain research trials/experiments by fostering a productive teamwork environment
  • Assist in developing standard research protocol
  • Assure maintenance of accurate data recording and update database
  • Analyze and validate data using appropriate advanced statistical tools independently
  • Assist in the interpretation of results
  • Make recommendations for further research


  • Take part in development and completion of appropriate field trials/experiments in relation to developing desired varieties
  • Lead in the development of training materials and provide training to the field researcher, technicians and workers on field lay-out, setting trials/experiments, agronomic operations and data collection
  • Act as resource person for training courses and visitors
  • Provide appropriate logistics for research trials/experiments to field researchers, technicians and workers
  • Supervise the work of researcher and technicians
  • Contribute to the professional development of researcher and technicians
  • Contribute in preparing research reports and journal papers
  • Prepare posters and power-point presentation for local and international conferences
  • Participate and present papers or posters at scientific workshops/conferences as directed by the supervisor
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time


  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural degree with 5 years of relevant work experience in modern breeding methodologies particularly in field trials and other breeding experiments
  • Master of Science degree in Genetics and Breeding or relevant subject and at least 3 years work experience in modern breeding methodologies particularly in field trials and other breeding experiments.

Skills Required

  • Has proven technical proficiency in conducting research experiments
  • Has strong oral and written communication skills
  • Has strong analytical skills
  • Has experience in research management (field trials)
  • Has good presentation skills
  • Has excellent computer skills
  • Has experience of supervising or overseeing staffs
  • Research work experience in an international research organization
  • Research experience in ‘Molecular Plant Breeding’ will be an added advantage

Location: Bangladesh

Salary Ranges: Basic (40,642- ​76,242) BDT per Month

Other Benefits: Housing Allowance: 30% of base pay per month, Transport Allowance: 12000 BDT, Festival Bonus: 2 times each year, Contributory Provident Fund (CPF), Returning Mother Allowance: BDT-1,000 per month for 9 months to female employees post-delivery of a baby to support return to the workplace, Medical insurance coverage: maximum US$16,000/year and other admissible benefits.

Apply Instruction

Interested & eligible candidates are requested to submit their application to(

IRRI regrets that only shortlisted applicants will be notified and any kind of persuasion in the selection process will lead to cancellation of candidature. Join Us to Deliver Rice Science for a Better World. Join Us to Deliver Rice Science for a Better World.

IRRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: May 20, 2019

Company Information
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Bangladesh Office, House-103, Road-1, Block-F, Banani, Dhaka-1213, Bangladesh.

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Business : International Agricultural Research