Assistant Scientist /Scientist (Plant Breeder)

Pune, Maharashtra, India | Farm Solutions | Full-time

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AgroStar is India’s foremost AgTech start-up with a mission of #HelpingFarmersWin through right advisory and solutions, powered by data and technology. It was started with a vision to solve two of the biggest problems in Indian agriculture - Lack of guidance for healthy and sustainable farming AND limited access to quality farm inputs for consistent and qualitative farming. 

With technology at its core, we have built an innovative & sustainable ecosystem that includes products such as a customized enterprise sales solutions that maps data of farmers' crop life cycles, India's first online farmer community, online agri-advisory with online shopping for inputs and an incomparable logistics solution for last mile rural connectivity. 

We have procured and partnered with leading national and international brands for major agri-inputs like seeds, crop nutrition, crop protection and farm implements, that are needed for farming and we deliver them at the doorstep of farmers. Thus, our efforts at AgroStar are focused to become the driving force to equip our farmers with the power of knowledge to farm better and smarter, through technology and up to date expert advice.  

The company is funded by prominent VCs like Chiratae Venture Partners, Aavishkaar Ventures, Bertelsmann and Accel Partners. AgroStar also takes pride to have Snapdeal’s Kunal Behl and Rohit Bansal as its early investors and mentors. AgroStar is the winner of Economic Times' Best Startup Award 2016, under the 'Social Enterprise' category. 

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Our Team

We are a team of highly motivated individuals, who are willing to push beyond the ceiling, initiate new ideas and take challenges head on. Apart from coffee, working in an extremely fast-paced, dynamic work culture is what we passionate souls thrive on. We ride against the tide as time is never enough and there’s always more to do.

Our mission of ‘Helping Farmers Win’ is a tall task as we try to bring change and development to the grassroots of India. We need heroes who are dedicated to the mission, live the dream and drive it with passion. If that sounds like you, here’s more about the role:

AgroStar is seeking an ambitious and enthusiastic Growth Marketing Manager to drive user growth
and engagement for our farmer app & mobile web properties. In this cross-functional role, you’ll be in the driving seat for ensuring our users grow through our paid efforts and brand partnerships – with
complete autonomy to try new things and different strategy. You are expected to be problem solver,
who would look at data and work with the team to solve problems through tactical / strategic
intervention across product, content and business levers

 

Agrostar Centre of Excellence will be consisting of a diverse team of subject matter experts including Entomologists, Plant Pathologists, Soil Science, Seed technologist & Agronomist.
This team will be responsible for building best class content of agriculture and will serve as think tank of our organization. This team is going to create a big impact in Agriculture and
key stakeholder in achieving our mission “Helping Farmers Win” by leveraging their knowledge. Keeping in view the importance of selection of superior genotypes & varietal purity there is one requirement of plant breeder.

The key responsibilities will include:


-Germplasm collection, evaluation & characterization based on different
geography/segment of the business states
-Ability to conduct Grow out test for genetic purity & sound knowledge of
morphological characters of various crops.
-Master in Basic Hybridisation techniques in Field crops, & vegetables.
-Skilled in molecular marker development & screening of germplasm & their
standardisation to identify genotypes.
-Basic knowledge of Statistics & Data analysis
-Good knowledge of Design experiments like CRD, RBD, LSD & Split plot designs
-Maintenance of pedigree record of all the germplasm
-Help the marketing team in defining the USP of various private label products based
on morphological characters.
-Influence and engage with key stakeholders to gather information and drive actions
in a highly collaborative manner.
-Regular interface with operations team to understand current challenges and
provide instant solution.

As an ideal candidate, you will need:


-A Postgraduate (MSc/PhD) in Genetics & plant breeding with 5-7 years of experience
or a fresh candidate with outstanding knowledge of breeding subject.
-In-depth knowledge of crossing with mode of gene expression and their application
in different crops.
-Deep understanding of various crop segments and ability for development of
advance lines, in various crops
-A sound techno commercial skills with knowledge of market segmentation of
multiple crop in multiple states and need of these segmentations.
-Excellent communication and presentation skills and ability to conduct technical
training of our crop advisors.
- team player with demonstrated skills about working in a team environment and
result oriented attitude.
-Must be having great interpersonal skills and networking with internal and external
stakeholders especially, scientists in state agricultural universities and ICAR institutes
across the country

We are looking for enthusiastic intrapreneurs who want to work at the ‘grass root’ level and want to make a difference to India’s biggest sector. We hope this excites you as much as us and looking forward to the next few conversations.