R&D Manager

Semilla Nueva
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To apply please send your cover letter and CV to trabajo@semillanueva.org. Please note “R&D Manager” in the subject line of your email.

We are currently seeking a R&D Manager to lead the development of new seeds and new technologies to improve the economic and health impacts we deliver to rural populations. This individual will be based full-time in Guatemala City, with up to 50% travel to the field.

Semilla Nueva maintains a basic seed evaluation program which evaluated new hybrid seeds annually from research partner CIMMYT. We have recently begun a backcross breeding program, which introgresses biofortified genetics into high yielding, conventional materials and has required the launch of a high throughput nutrition lab with partners in Guatemala. We have also begun initial research into the use of zinc fertilizers for agronomic Biofortification and hope to explore biological control mechanisms to reduce aflatoxins. All of these efforts are designed to create new products which can increase farmer incomes and improve health outcomes at scale.

These efforts, up until now, have been spread out in various departments of the organization with technical assistance from experts from several international organizations. Semilla Nueva is now moving to formalize these various elements in a single R&D program. This position will be in charge of leading this program.

We are looking for a highly innovative and experienced individual who can balance multiple priorities, simultaneously working with experts on difficult technical problems as well as managing field trials and field staff. Semilla Nueva is highly prioritizing technical abilities related to marker development and selection for this position. This position will directly supervise a field team of three Guatemalan staff and research in diverse geographical conditions.

Additional Information

 M.S. in crop breeding, agronomy or an associated field
 Proven experience conducting field research (protocol design, trial management, data collection)
 People and resources management: ability to coordinate, manage, and prioritize workload to meet objectives and timelines
 Excellent data analysis using statistical packages and data presentation skills
 Academic research abilities
 Strong networking and inter-organizational collaboration skills
 Advanced Spanish and fluent English or fluent Spanish and advanced English
 PhD in crop breeding
 Hybrid corn breeding experience
 Experience in genomic selection