Postdoctoral Fellow - Molecular Genetics (Grain Quality)

Los Banos

Postdoctoral Fellow - Molecular Genetics (Grain Quality)


Job ID: HQ00477

Location: Philippines

Closing Date: 02-Dec-2016

Salary: 37800  - 48000  USD per Year

About IRRI

IRRI is a nonprofit independent research and training organization and is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. IRRI’s research is being done under the framework of the CGIAR Research Program on Rice, also known as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), which the Institute leads.

ob Purpose

Unravel the genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology of nutritional quality of rice grain in close collaboration with genomics team, breeders, molecular marker application specialists and cereal chemists.

This position is based at IRRI Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Globally Recruited Staff benefits can be found here.

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Detailed analysis of grain composition of selected rice lines from Global Rice MAGIC and biparental mapping populations focusing on proxy measures related to elevated resistant starch and dietary fibre contents as well as quantification and characterization of starch structure and grain digestibility
  • Identification of candidate genes, haplotypes, and molecular markers using genome-wide association study (GWAS) and coordination with breeders and NARES partners for implementation of marker-assisted selection (MAS) for rice nutritional quality traits
  • Work closely with other teams in GQNC (genomics and metabolomics), PB (multi-site trials), PhilRice (sensory and consumer preference) and Rothamsted (dietary fibre)

Publication and Dissemination

  • Writing of scientific reports and manuscripts for publication in international peer-refereed journals
  • Attend international conferences and conduct scientific oral presentations

Coordination, Communication, and Liaison

  • Contribute to planning of project research agenda and project output on “Enhanced Rice quality for Health (EnRicH)” by communicating with project partners and other stakeholders to ensure research outputs are properly executed and coordinated
  • Provide scientific and technical support to scientists, staff, scholars, technicians, breeders and NARES partners


  • Manage assigned activities in project which may include budget and time management
  • Supervise a small project team of NRS and research students

Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time.

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Biochemistry or Plant Breeding and Genetics)
Skills Required
  • Special expertise needed on starch structure, dietary fibre and resistant starch manipulation
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work well within a team
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: IRRI - International Rice Research Institute
  • Location: Los Banos
  • Grade:
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Biology and Chemistry
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-02

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