Thursday, September 25, 2008

Postdoctoral Fellow:ALUF-supported project

IRRI is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join its staff at headquarters in the Philippines. This annual, renewable position is funded by the project: Engineering Rice for High Beta-Carotene, Vitamin E, and Enhanced Fe and Zn Bioavailability. The position will be supervised by plant biotechnology scientists in IRRI’s Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Division.


The successful candidate will join IRRI’s research program on Rice and Human Health: Overcoming the Consequence of Poverty. An international, multi-disciplinary team is involved in the development and dissemination of nutritionally enhanced rice in Asia and Africa. Within this context, the postdoctoral fellow will work to improve nutritional characteristics of rice varieties with the major target being to understand the roles of different iron homeostasis genes in iron accumulation.

The successful candidate will 1) study biochemical pathway related to iron accumulation in the rice grain, 2) design and construct the plant transformation vectors for expression of candidate genes in rice, 3) conduct molecular analysis and biochemical analysis of the gene expression in transgenic rice, and 4) interact with scientists working on different aspects of human nutrition improvement using rice.


Candidates should have 1) a PhD in molecular biology, biochemist, or related fields; 2) experience in vector design and construction; 3) understanding of plant biochemistry; 4) proven ability to perform in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment; and 5) excellent interpersonal skills.

Perquisites and IRRI environment
The position is located at IRRI headquarters at Los BaƱos, 70 kilometers south of Manila, Philippines. IRRI offers salary and perquisites that are internationally competitive, including support for education of children, transport allowance, and medical benefits. IRRI provides a gender-sensitive environment and welcomes women applicants. Citizens of developing countries, particularly rice-producing countries, are encouraged to apply. The Institute is committed to assisting families in making personal and, to the extent possible, professional adjustments to the local environment. IRRI has an accredited international school and preparatory school for younger children within the headquarters compound.


Applicants should send via email a comprehensive curriculum vitae and names and email addresses of three referees to:

Ms. Selene M. Ocampo
Officer-HR Coordination
International Rice Research Institute

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