Rice Seed Breeder at Olam Nigeria Limited

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Job Description

  • The Rice Breeder, under immediate supervision of the General Manager / Business head.
  • He / She will undertake activities related to the breeding pipelines development for Olam Rice Farm.

Key Deliverables

  • Develop high yielding varieties corresponding to desired product profiles, in close collaboration with farm and mill teams, by combining good agronomic traits, desirable grain quality, and tolerance / resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses through conventional breeding approach.
  • Plans and carries out breeding studies to develop and improve varieties of Rice: Improves specific characteristics, such as yield, quality, maturity, and resistance to drought, disease and insect pests in plants, utilizing principles of genetics and knowledge of plant growth.
  • Produce pure parent line, breeder and foundation seed for multiplication.
  • Breeds plants, using methods such as inbreeding, crossbreeding, backcrossing, outcrossing and selection.
  • Select progeny having desired characteristics and continues breeding and selection process to reach desired objectives.
  • Lead the testing of advanced breeding lines developed at inhouse Center for various breeding product segments (Early duration, Mid duration, long grains, High amylose content, High yielding germplasm)
  • Coordinate with external stakeholders (Private organization/Public institutes) for new germplasm introduction and breeding collaborations.
  • Facilitate varietal release and adoption at farm and create demand for superior varieties;

Requirements
Qualifications / Selection Criteria Education and work experience:

  • PhD in Breeding, Genetics or other related fields with a minimum of 2-year experience in Rice breeding; or M.Sc.¬† in Breeding, Genetics or other related fields with a minimum of 5-year experience in Rice breeding in a reputed seed company or research institution.

Knowledge and Key Competencies:

  • Highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, and innovative;
  • Strong record of innovation and process improvement in breeding;
  • Excellent knowledge of statistics in field experimental design and data analysis;
  • Good project management, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong scientific writing skills;
  • Ability to work in multicultural environments;

Language:

  • The candidate should communicate fluently (oral and writing) in English.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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