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Genebank Operations Manager

Location: Palmira, Colombia

CIAT is seeking a dynamic scientist/manager with a keen interest in genetic resources and pronounced hands-on organizational skills. He/she will work under the direction of the Leader of the Genetic Resources Program to coordinate day-to-day operations of individual genebank units and to oversee work of one of the units in his/her area of expertise.

Responsibilities:
• Coordinate day-to-day operations of genebank units and staff working on germplasm acquisition, conservation, regeneration, disease diagnostics, seed viability, genetic integrity, distribution, documentation and procurement activities
• Oversee the elaboration of standard-operating procedures, risk-management plans and other elements of the genebank’s Quality-Management System
• Oversee work of one of the genebank units in accordance with his/her area of expertise (e.g. seed viability, DNA banking, data management, cryopreservation)
• Facilitate collaboration with colleagues from CIAT’s breeding programs, National Research Organizations in Colombia and Latin America, and the tropical-forages genebank at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Ethiopia
• Contribute to scientific studies aimed at enhancing the conservation and encouraging the use of genetic resources • Receive genebank visitors and represent CIAT’s genebank in pertinent research, policy and partner fora, both internationally and in Colombia
• Fulfill institutional duties, and work with the Leader of the Genetic Resources Program on other tasks as required

Competencies and Requirements:
• MSc or PhD in seed physiology, genetics, taxonomy, botany, cryobiology or another relevant discipline
• Several years of post-graduate experience; familiarity with genebank operations would be an advantage
• Training and/or experience with project management or logistics and a preparedness to dedicate substantial time to facilitating smooth operations
• Ability to organize tasks of multi-disciplinary teams along timetables and to motivate/inspire staff towards performance and progress • Preparedness to travel regularly both within Colombia and internationally • Fluency in both English and Spanish, or willingness to learn Spanish very quickly

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