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Bean Program Breeder

Palmira (Cuba)

  • Organization: CIAT - International Center for Tropical Agriculture
  • Location: Palmira (Cuba)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Nutrition
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-30

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About the position

The common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) provides a highly nutritious food, containing protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates and micronutrients. As such, beans strongly reinforce food and nutrition security among poor consumers. The scientists of our Bean Program have a long and successful history of developing varieties by working closely with a wide array of partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Europe. Currently, they continue to work on resistance to biotic factors, and with increasing emphasis on tolerance to abiotic stresses, such as low phosphorus, aluminum toxicity, heat and drought. With the aim of further enhancing the nutritional value of beans, our scientists are also engaged in a major effort to raise the content of two critical micronutrients, iron and zinc. Interspecific crosses play an important role in this effort.

We are now searching for an innovative breeder for the bean improvement program. The position would be located at the Americas Hub facilities of the Alliance Bioversity-CIAT in Palmira, Colombia but results will have application across the Tropics with particular emphasis in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Key Responsibilities

• Enhance bean-breeding efforts by raising capacity and coordinate the program teams’ activities.

• Implement novel breeding strategies to accelerate genetic gain.

• Link with public and private sector research collaborators at the national, regional and global level.

• Establish productive working relationships with CIAT colleagues, e.g., in breeding, molecular biology, plant pathology, entomology, plant nutrition, and nutrition to develop new concepts in bean breeding and perfect efficient screening methodologies for key plant traits.

• To supervise and motivate support personal to ensure opportune completion of tasks.

• Represent the organization at meetings of all levels, providing updated information or presentations on project activities.

• To develop proposals with colleagues and partners for resource mobilization.

Qualifications and requirements:

• PhD in plant breeding; experience with bean, soybean or other breeding of other legumes would be an advantage but is not essential.

• Strong background in plant breeding and applications of molecular tools where relevant to enhancing the efficiency of bean improvement research.

• A demonstrated ability to elaborate high quality publications meeting international standards.

• Good knowledge of statistical analysis.

• Familiarity with bean crop improvement.

• Familiarity with breeding for abiotic stress tolerance.

• Strong English language communication skills, both written and oral.

• Spanish language skill is desirable but not essential.


Applicants are invited to send a cover letter illustrating their suitability for the above position against the qualifications, competencies, skills together with a detailed curriculum vitae, including names and addresses of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. All correspondence should be addressed to the Human Resources Office, at ( and should clearly indicate “Application: Bean Program Breeder”.

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