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Maize Genomics and Molecular Breeding Specialist

CIMMYT - The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Research

Job Title: Maize Genomics and Molecular Breeding Specialist
Reference Code: IRS17114
Job Location: Zhengzhou, Henan
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Agriculture & horticulture
Sciences and technology: other
Biology/biotechnology/life sciences
Application Closing Date: Open until filled

Job Description

Maize Genomics and Molecular Breeding Specialist
CIMMYT - The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Specific duties:

  • Undertake high-quality research on maize genomics, and implement strategies to effectively discover, validate and deploy breeder-ready markers and genomic tools for germplasm enhancement, especially for traits relevant for maize farmers in the tropical and sub-tropical regions.
  • Utilize CIMMYT maize breeding data to simulate and critically assess strategies based on cost and logistics constraints of maize breeding programs, and recommend germplasm use and breeding program re-design strategies to optimize genetic gain through the application of genomic information.
  • Effectively develop and implement optimal data management pipelines and user-interface tools to enable routine utilization of genomic prediction for multiple traits within CIMMYT¡¦s global maize breeding program.
  • Liaise with CIMMYT Biometrics and Statistics Unit and Information Technology Unit to integrate relevant statistical methods into user-friendly breeding decision support tools.
  • Monitor and report changes in genetic gain through applied strategies within the context of CIMMYT maize breeding efforts.
  • Rigorously document and publish research findings in high impact journals and contribute to the dissemination of results.

Job Requirements

Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

  • PhD in genetics or plant breeding or related field.
  • Minimum 7 years¡¦ post-doctoral experience.
  • Substantial publication record relevant to the application of genomic information within applied breeding programs.
  • In-depth understanding of practical breeding applications and logistical constraints relevant to breeding programs targeting the developing world.
  • Enthusiasm to work in a fast growing multi-cultural environment and develop a world leading academic team in maize genomics.
  • Excellent oral and written, and communication and presentation skills in English.


  • Achievement orientation
  • Decision making.
  • Multi-Cultural Awareness/ Sensitivity
  • Teamwork
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Relationship with External Stakeholders

Information and Application Process Instructions

Candidates must apply here ( for IRS17114_Maize Genomics and Molecular Breeding Specialist Screening and follow up of applications will begin on March 1ST 2017. Incomplete applications (CV and Cover Letter) will not be taken into consideration.

For further information on the selection process, please contact Enrique Martinez, at

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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Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities within the CIMMYT - The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and at other institutions of higher education in the region on or

To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Enrique Martinez as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on Thank you.

Enrique Martinez
Please apply as included above
Texcoco 56237
Phone: 1 (612) 605-5205

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