VACANCY OPEN: Chair of the Scientific Board

October 12 - 2018

We are

the host organisation for this position, The Julius Kühn-Institut, is a research organisation that operates as an independent arm of the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL)


The Wheat Initiative was established in 2011 following endorsement from the G20 Agriculture Ministries. It brings together private, public and non-profit actors in wheat research to develop strategic research priorities and activities in both developed and developing countries.


The Wheat Initiative secretariat has been based in Paris at the INRA headquarters but is now located to Berlin-Dahlem where it is hosted by the Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) Federal Research Institute for Crop Plants (Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen).


The Chair of the Scientific Board will be providing the scientific and strategic leadership of the Wheat Initiative. He/she will report to the Chairs of the Institutions Coordination Committee and the Research Committee. He/she will interact frequently with various public and private stakeholders located around the world. He/she will support and monitor the operations of the secretariat through the International Coordinator (Programme Manager). Regular travel will be required to attend international events and workshops.


We are looking

for the Wheat Initiative based in Berlin-Dahlem


Chair of the Scientific Board


available immediately for up to four years.




  • Provide scientific and strategic leadership for the Wheat Initiative
  • Chair the Scientific Board of the Wheat Initiative
  • Work with the Chairs of the Institutions Coordination Committee and the Research Committee to ensure the effective implementation of the Wheat Initiative objectives and strategy
  • Approve documents and papers for the Scientific Board
  • Support and monitor the operations of the International Coordinator and the secretariat
  • Initiate and monitor the development of policy papers and documents for the Wheat Initiative Committees, in particular for the Scientific Board
  • Help initiate and support the development of new international research programs
  • Monitor and support the activities of the Expert Working Groups
  • Represent the Wheat Initiative at international forums and meetings
  • Develop and maintain networks and contacts with wheat research organisations, government agencies and industry



Academic Background

  • Doctorate or professorial background or equivalent


Professional Background

  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in managing and coordinating large international projects, including managing budgets
  • Proven track record in wheat research
  • Strong record in publication of wheat research and strategic reports
  • Internationally recognized for leadership in wheat research
  • Experience in providing scientific advice to government, academia and industry in different countries and regions
  • Experience in dialogue with academia, governments, the private sector and other audiences, at expert and senior levels
  • Proven record in international research and collaboration



  • An excellent written and oral command of English
  • A good knowledge of written and spoken German would be an advantage


Personal Skills and Attributes

  • Self-reliant, autonomous
  • Proactive
  • Open, friendly and polite personality
  • Enthusiastic about working with people with diverse experience and background



In case of equal qualification, applicants with disabilities will be specially considered. Only a minimum of physical fitness is required.


The Julius Kühn-Institute promotes gender equality in the workplace.


We offer

  • A part-time position at 20 hours per week. The work conditions are based on the German public service conditions (TVöD-Ost)
  • The remuneration package will be up to grade 14 TVöD-Ost
  • The position is available immediately
  • Contract duration is for up to 4 years




We invite qualified applicants to submit their complete application in English under the Reference No. “B-WI-WA 01/18” by October 12th 2018 to


Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI),

Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen


Erwin-Baur-Str. 27

06484 Quedlinburg


Applications must be submitted in writing not via e-mail.




is available from Prof. Dr. Frank Ordon

Telephone: 03946/47-601 or E-Mail:


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04/10/2018 - 12:03