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Alain Krafft
Le 8 mai 2020
Researcher on genetics and breeding of crop

Researcher on genetics and breeding of crop

Future organization (department / unit)

CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, works with its partners in southern countries to generate and pass on new knowledge to support agricultural development and innovation.

It has one main objective: to build sustainable farming systems for tropical and Mediterranean regions capable of feeding ten billion human beings by 2050 while preserving the environment.

Reference : P-BIOS-AGAP-2020-02-CDI-3529

Position description


Begining date : 01/09/2020

Job description

The plant breeder candidate with strong skills on quantitative genetics will have in charge of optimizing breeding and selection methods while adapting them to the constraints of Root and Tuber crops (predominantly vegetatively propagated, with high rate of sterility and mix of ploidy levels). The candidate will work in close collaboration with plant breeders, agronomists and molecular biologists of Genome and Selection team and, more broadly, with researchers of AGAP UMR (Genetic Improvement and Adaptation of Mediterranean and Tropical Crops Unit). The candidate will mainly be responsible for:

  • Identification of phenotypic traits related to adaptation to biological and environmental constraints,
  • Deciphering the genetic determinism of traits of interest,
  • Combining theory and simulation of phenotypic and omics data to develop new prediction and multi-criteria selection approaches,
  • Contribution to the implementation of field experiments and data analysis (phenotypic and omics data),
  • Publication of results in international journals,
  • Contribution to the development and management of national and international projects.

France – Montpellier for a short period of few months and then based in Guadeloupe (station Roujol). Later, the candidate will be based in other regions in the South, mainly in Africa.

Desired profiled

  • Ph.D. degree in quantitative genetics and/or plant breeding
  • Post-doctoral experience would be appreciated
  • Diploma in agricultural engineering is a plus
  • Ability to build up collaborations with partners from development and research sectors.
  • Fluency in French, which is the team working language, and in English (written and spoken).
  • Proven capacity for scientific writing
  • Strong motivation to work with collaborators within a team and across disciplines.
  • Aptitude and willingness to work in developing countries (experience in developing countries is a plus).
  • Strong motivation to work overseas in isolated environments

Position constraints

  • Work in tropical/humid/subtropical areas
  • Work at computer for more than 4 hours a day
  • Frequent travels to France and abroad
  • Activities in isolated environments
  • Socio-professional category : Managers


Job location : France

Location : Montpellier. Guadeloupe. Afrique

Hiring Manager email :

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