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CIMMYT Maize Germplasm PDF - New Announcement

Mon Jun 6 15:09:56 EST 2005

Sowing the Seeds of Innovation: Helping to Feed the World

Maize Population Geneticist/Molecular Diversity Specialist
Post-doctoral Research Fellow

CIMMYT is an organization whose research brings hope to developing countries by
addressing food and poverty issues. One of its scientists won the 
Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 and helped create the Green Revolution. We 
have changed the world before, and we plan to continue doing so!

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), a 
non-profit research and training organization, is seeking candidates 
for a post-doctoral fellowship in maize genetic resources at CIMMYT 
Headquarters near Mexico City, Mexico.  The Center's genebank holds 
more than 24,000 maize germplasm accessions representing Latin 
American maize landraces, wild relatives, and samples from the other 

The position will be based in the Genetic Resources Program, a group 
of more than 20 scientists (including genomics, bioinformatics and 
biometrics specialists) working on the conservation and enhancement 
of maize and wheat germplasm.

The CIMMYT genebank has been actively collecting novel maize 
germplasm development adapted to tropical, subtropical, and highland 
conditions.  Development and enhancement of the heterotic gene pools 
is carried out at CIMMYT's headquarters in Mexico.  CIMMYT's superior 
germplasm is used globally and released to farmers either directly or 
after further enhancement.

The Post Doctoral Fellow will engage in the following activities:
- Characterization and enhancement of maize landraces being used in prebreeding
- Improvement of maize heterotic gene pools
- Optimization of methodologies for molecular diversity analysis in maize
- Genetic evaluation of germplasm collections for use in prebreeding
- Compiling and managing maize prebreeding database
- Assistance with overall activities in the maize genetic resources unit

We are seeking candidates with the following skills and qualifications:
- A strong background in plant breeding, population genetics, 
statistics, molecular biology, molecular marker applications, and 
related fields including plant genetic resources conservation.
- Research experience in maize and its wild relatives is preferred.
- Familiarity with SAS, Excel, and basic relational databases
- A strong desire to work in the conservation and enhancement of 
maize genetic resources.
- Candidates must have received Ph.D. degree within the last two years.
- Proficiency of English language required and knowledge of Spanish 
is desirable.

CIMMYT (http://www.cimmyt.cgiar.org/) is an internationally funded, 
non-profit research and training organization affiliated with the 
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, 
www.cgiar.org) and has an annual budget of US$40 million. CIMMYT's 
mission is to help the poor in the developing world by increasing the 
productivity, profitability, and sustainability of maize- and 
wheat-based cropping systems while protecting natural resources. The 
Center is a global leader in scientific research and training related 
to maize and wheat, and in biotechnology, economics, and natural 
resource management research. These activities are conducted in 
partnership with national agricultural research systems, 
non-governmental organizations, and advanced research institutions, 
both public and private, in globally- and regionally-focused 
programs. CIMMYT employs a staff of 700 and operates in a 
decentralized, partnership mode, having staff in 14 countries, 
projects and partnership networks in many more.

Salaries of internationally recruited staff are paid in US dollars. 
Benefits for Post-Doctoral Fellow include housing allowance, life and 
health insurance package, education allowance, annual medical 
examination, and shipping allowance. Further information about CIMMYT 
and the CGIAR can be obtained via the Internet at 
http://www.cimmyt.cgiar.org or http://www.cgiar.org.

For technical information regarding this position, please contact Dr. 
Suketoshi Taba (Head, maize genetic resources) and/or Dr. Marilyn 
Warburton (Leader, molecular genetic diversity group): 
s.taba at cgiar.org and/or m.warburton at cgiar.org

The position is for a fixed-term contract of two years, after which 
further employment is subject to performance and availability of 
funds. Salaries of internationally recruited staff are paid in US 
dollars. Benefits for Post-Doctoral Fellows include housing 
allowance, life and health insurance package, education allowance 
(from KG to Grade 12), annual medical examination, and shipping 
allowance. CIMMYT is an equal-opportunity employer and strives for 
staff diversity in gender and nationality. The CIMMYT campus has 
recreational and sports facilities and offers transportation to 
international schools in Mexico City. Good housing is available on 
and off campus.

We will accept applications until a suitable candidate is identified.
Please send via e-mail your letter of application, CV/Resume 
(including full contact information), and names and contact 
information of three references to:

Human Resources Manager
(Reference 2004/15)
Apdo. Postal 6-641, México, D.F. 06600, MEXICO
Phone: (+52) 55-5804-2004 Fax: (+52) 55-5804-7558
Email: jobs-cimmyt at cgiar.org

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