Plant Biosciences Research Support Scientist, ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya

Location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

• PhD in modern plant biology - molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry or genomic sciences - with broad experience and interest in biosciences research

• In-depth knowledge and experience of a wide range of bioscience technology including new and advanced applications of modern biology and equipment requirements. • Extensive experience of the technology transfer/ capacity building in developing countries and ability to implement and adapt novel technologies to facilitate research.

• Experience in creating new scientific infrastructure to support plant research and establishing new research projects.

• Record of scientific achievement in plant biological sciences, including publications in peer-reviewed journals.

• Proven skills in mentoring, training and supervising scientists, postgraduate students and technicians.

• Strong organizational skills with demonstrated ability to develop, coordinate and facilitate bioscience training programs.

• Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to maintain excellent working relations with project leaders, scientists and technical staff.

• Work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa.

• ILRI is looking specifically for a person with skills and experience in modern plant science, including breeding, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and requisite technologies.

Terms of Appointment: The initial contract for this position will be for a three year term with the possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Salary, dependent on experience, will be paid in US dollars.

ILRI provides excellent benefits including employer-paid medical, life and disability insurance and retirement benefits.

Relocation, housing, annual leave travel and education allowances are also provided. On-site furnished accommodation is provided, subject to availability, or in the absence of suitable housing on site, a housing allowance.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including telephone, fax and email) of three professional referees qualifications and work experience to:

The Human Resources Manager,
ILRI, P.O. Box 30709, Nairobi, 00100, Kenya;
Telephone: 254-20-4223000;
Fax: 254-20-4223001; E-mail:

The name and reference number(REF: PBRSS/T4/04/ 2007) of the position for which the application is made should be clearly marked on the envelopes of mailed, or on the fax or email applications by 31 May.

Qualified candidates from African countries, particularly women, are encouraged to apply.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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