Scientist – Vegetable Grafting

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is an international non-profit research and development center committed to alleviating poverty and malnutrition in developing countries through the increased production and consumption of nutritious and health-promoting vegetables. Founded in 1971 with headquarters in Taiwan, the Center's global network today covers East and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central and West Asia and North Africa. For more information, please visit www.avrdc.org.

WorldVeg is seeking a highly motivated and experienced scientist to manage the research and development activities of vegetable grafting technology.

The position will be based at WorldVeg's headquarters in Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan, and will report to the Flagship Program Leader – 'Safe and Sustainable Value Chains'.

Key Responsibilities
1. Manage the Center's research and development activity on vegetable grafting technology.
2. Develop or adopt appropriate protocols, and screen Solanaceaous and Cucurbitaceous germplasm for rootstocks with resistance/tolerance to major biotic and abiotic production constraints.
3. Conduct and/or coordinate strategic research on grafting compatibilities, physiological, biochemical and molecular interactions between rootstocks and scions in collaboration with relevant research groups at WorldVeg and other organizations within and outside Taiwan.
4. Coordinate the evaluation of performance of selected scion/rootstock combinations for their resistance or tolerance to major biotic and/or abiotic stresses, yield, produce quality and other horticultural traits, across the regions in Asia and Africa, where WorldVeg is active.
5. Identify constraints, and opportunities for promoting vegetable grafting technology in WorldVeg's operational regions, and develop strategies for large scale adoption of grafting technologies.
6. Contribute to capacity building in grafting technology, and facilitate the adoption of grafting technology for nurturing the seedling nursery enterprises in developing countries.
7. Coordinate and develop multi-disciplinary grant proposals related to the basic and adaptive research as well as promotion of vegetable grafting technology.
8. Network with national, regional, and international organizations for knowledge-sharing, exploring joint funding, etc.
9. Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, bulletins, fact sheets and other media.

Qualifications
• PhD in horticulture, plant breeding, agronomy, plant protection or closely related field, with three or more years of experience in the use of grafting technology in vegetable crops preferred.
• Expertise in research areas relevant to vegetable grafting; screening rootstocks for resistance/tolerance, performance evaluation of scion-rootstock combinations for resistance/tolerance and improved yield, quality and other horticulture traits.
• Familiar with biotic and abiotic stresses affecting vegetable crops.
• Skills in the use of molecular, computational and statistical tools for agricultural research.
• Demonstrated ability to publish in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
• Experience in proposal preparation, fund raising and project management will be an advantage.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; proficiency in spoken and written English.

The Reward: This is an Internationally Recruited Staff position with competitive pay and benefits. The initial appointment is for three years and may be extended depending on requirement, funding availability, and performance of the incumbent.

How to Apply: Submit a letter of application with curriculum vitae, a recent passport size photograph and names and addresses (including telephone/fax/e-mail) of three referees by e-mail to human.resources@worldveg.org before 15 June 2017.

Tags: 
vegetable grafting
Location: 
Shanhua (Taiwan)