Scientist - Tomato Breeding

The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is a non-profit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan and five regional offices around the globe. WorldVeg conducts research and development programs that contribute to realize the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods. For more information please visit our website: worldveg.org

WorldVeg holds the world's largest public vegetable germplasm collection and performs breeding programs in different parts of the world with strong connections with the public and private seed sector. The WorldVeg breeding team develops improved cultivars with tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, enhanced shelf life, improved nutrient content and quality adapted to subtropical and tropical environments. The Center is in the midst of modernizing its research infrastructure and evolving into an 'Open Science Center', collaborating with advanced research institutions, universities, as well as with private seed companies.

As part of this development, WorldVeg seeks a Scientist - Tomato Breeding to conduct high quality and outcome-based research and breeding to develop and deliver tropically-adapted tomato breeding lines. The incumbent will be based at Center's headquarters in Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan and will report to the Flagship Program Leader – Vegetable Diversity and Improvement.

Key job responsibilities:
• Develop and implement an internationally relevant product pipeline targeting smallholder tomato farmers in subtropical and tropical regions, which combines resistance and tolerance to multiple abiotic and biotic stresses, superior fruit quality, high and stable yield, and nutritional value in major market segments;
• Develop, pilot and scale tomato cultivars, including hybrids, with adaptation to tropical environments in collaboration in public and private partners;
• Employ innovative strategies to identify sources of resistance and tolerance to the major abiotic and biotic stresses and other traits in biodiverse tomato germplasm and move these traits into elite lines;
• Lead and supervise a team of field and laboratory assistants and field laborers to conduct a field-based molecular-marker-assisted tomato breeding program;
• Work with colleagues at WorldVeg and partners to seek, share, and apply new knowledge and skills for individual and institutional learning and to advance vegetable research and breeding;
• Develop project proposals to raise funds for the WorldVeg breeding program, manage research projects and prepare reports;
• Strengthen WorldVeg research and breeding consortia with private and public partners and actively participate in workshops, field days and training events;
• Publish research in peer-reviewed journals.

The Person: Candidates must have a PhD degree in plant breeding or a related field and a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience. Experience in tomato breeding is a plus. Strong skills in scientific writing, genetics, statistics and experimental design are required. He/she must have strong communication skills in spoken and written English. The candidate should enjoy to work with multidisciplinary teams in a multicultural and multinational environment.

The Reward: This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with competitive pay and benefits. The initial appointment is for three years renewable depending on performance of the incumbent.

How to Apply: Applicants should submit a letter of application explaining their suitability for and interest in the position along with a curriculum vitae and basic bio-data, names and addresses (including telephone & e-mail) of three referees, and date of availability to human.resources@worldveg.org.
The submission deadline is 30 May 2022. The position will remain open until it is filled.

Tags: 
tomato breeding
vegetables
tropical crops
Location: 
Shanhua, Tainan (Taiwan)