International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) 

Title: Senior Associate Scientist - Breeding

Job ID: HQ01182

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, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.


Under the direction and guideline from the Project Leader the Senior Associate Scientist - Breeding will establish a Rice Breeding Platform to enhance the private sector’s rice breeding capacity through modernization of the breeding programs. Also to develop capacities (physical, human, and institutional) of the private sector with sufficient investment, to breed own inbred and hybrid rice varieties and expand rice seed business

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.  To assure data driven decisions that are statistically analyzed with the appropriate statistical tools
  • Verify suggested methodologies and establish parameters
  • Select and facilitate adequate research tools and equipment
  • Manage researchers, technicians and laborers in assigning tasks/responsibilities
  • Coordinate the required services and supplies for rice 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 rice 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 field researchers, technicians and workers the requirement of logistics appropriate for research trials/experiments 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 presentation for local and international conferences
  • Participate and present papers or posters at scientific workshops/conferences as directed by the supervisor
  • Review documentation related to team/unit and check for inconsistencies
  • Lead the quality control of project data


  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural degree with 7 years of relevant work experience in plant breeding methodologies particularly in field trials and other experiments or 
  • Master of Science degree in Genetics and Breeding or relevant subject and at least 5 years work experience in modern breeding methodologies particularly in field trials and other experiments
  • A PhD in Genetics/ Plant Breeding/ Molecular Plant Breeding will be given preference.

Skills Required

  • Has proven technical proficiency in conducting research experiments
  • Has strong oral and written communication skills
  • Has strong analytical skills
  • Has experience with research management (field trials)
  • Has good presentation skills
  • Has excellent computer skills
  • Has experience of supervising or overseeing staffs
  • Work experience with national and international organizations related to Agriculture
  • Preference will be given to the candidates who have research experiences with rice in any international research organizations.
  • Molecular Plant Breeding research experience will be an added advantage
  • Experience of working with USAID-financed project in Private sector development

Location: Bangladesh

Salary Ranges: 90583  - 165917  BDT per month (Basic)

Other Benefits: Housing Allowance: 30% of base pay per month, Transport Allowance: 14,400 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 through the link:

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: 24 January, 2021

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

Web :
Business : International Agricultural Research