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Scientist, Phenotyping (Part-time 60%)

Location: Leuven, Belgium

Scientist, Phenotyping (Part-time 60%) Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. Our vision is that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet. We deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. We work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. Bioversity International is a CGIAR Research Centre.

For further information on Bioversity International, consult our Web page at: Context and Purpose of Role Based in Leuven, Belgium, this positon supports the evaluation (phenotyping) of Musa diversity. Under limited supervision from the Musa Genetic Resources Team Leader within the context of the Bioversity International Genetic Resources Initiative and within the framework of Initiative and Team objectives and planned results, the Scientist, Phenotyping develops and leads activities related to evaluating drought tolerance of banana through phenotypic means, relating this to a broader program of work concerned with identification of molecular markers and alleles associated with drought tolerance. These techniques may be expanded to other traits and crops, depending on opportunities to develop new protocols.

The Phenotyping Scientist also conceives of and defines professional activities to: secure necessary people financial and material support; provide leadership to these activities and manage their execution.

Specifically, the incumbent will:

• Lead, carry out and liaise on research activities pertaining to phenotyping, molecular plant physiology, abiotic and biotic stress, biodiversity, mass spectrometry and proteomics both within the organization and with other institutions, governments and donors;
• Manage project grants including ensuring that work is planned and executed consistently with an agreed timetable and that progress is reported periodically to stakeholders of that activity. Grant administration and project development is conducted in compliance with Bioversity International standard procedures;
• Facilitate and coordinate the work of partners; this may involve direct personal participation in the work, and / or ensuring the transfer of skills and technical expertise to others; • Organize and facilitate key meetings to review progress and agree on future actions to meet objectives;
• Remain abreast of relevant scientific issues and the philosophies and work modes of important partners;
• Publish in international peered review journals;
• Participate activelyin the fundraising efforts of the Musa Genetic Resources Team; and develop/contribute to proposals in support of this area of research;
• Apply project management processes to activities, Contribute knowledge to the broader issues addressed by the Initiative;
• Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications and competencies Essential qualifications & competencies:

• PhD or other academic qualifications and experience that are equivalent.
• Minimum of 5 years’ of progressively responsible experience.
• Proficient in relevant laboratory equipment, techniques, protocols and bioinformatics.
• Proficient in software packages (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and any specialized software packages applicable to this area of research.
• Excellent project management skills.
• Experience with project proposal development and fundraising.
• Originality, creativity and innovation on discipline topics and issues including a record of publications.
• Initiative and strategic thinking on effectiveness at the initiative/team level complemented by adaptability and flexibility.
• Superior interpersonal, communications and teamwork skills, including effective networking and consensus building skills, and an ability to interact effectively with a wide range of collaborators from different cultural backgrounds.
• Effective leadership skills, both discipline and people leadership.
• Excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken. Desirable qualifications and competencies
• Experience in an agricultural research-for-development context and/or in an international working environment.
• Knowledge of Dutch and French.

Terms and conditions:
This is a locally recruited professional position, based in Leuven, Belgium. This position will commence at a 60% Level of Effort in October 2017 and it is anticipated that the position will transition to a 100% level of effort by September 2018, subject to funding availability. The position is level 7, in a scale of eight levels, with level 8 being the highest. The salary range starts from Euro 44,396 per annum and will be prorated for the part-time position. Bioversity’s remuneration package includes a competitive salary, leave provisions, medical and life insurance, and non-contributory retirement plan. As this is a locally recruited position, relocation costs are not covered. The salary is exempt from Belgian income tax. The contract will be for a period of two years, subject to a probationary period of six months.

Please apply online through Bioversity Job Opportunities web page ( by clicking the “Apply” button, completing the online application and attaching the required information, no later than 30 July, 2017. Please note that in the application you are required to provide the contact details (address, telephone number and e-mail address) of at least three referees, which Bioversity will contact for short listed applicants. Bioversity is an equal opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity.

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