Yam Breeder/Geneticist

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the position of a Yam Breeder/Geneticist.

Duty Station: Ibadan, Nigeria.


The candidate should have a PhD degree in plant breeding or genetics and good working knowledge of molecular genetics and use of statistical software and genetic tools.

  • At least 7 years experience in a field-breeding program, and adequate exposure to molecular biology to implement marker-aided selection.
  • A strong peer-reviewed publication record
  • Minimum of 5 years of organizational, planning and budget management experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of donor relations experience including presentation of concept notes, proposal writing and oversight of compliance matters resulting in continuously donor funded projects.

    Core Competencies:

  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Excellent leadership, mentoring, management, interpersonal, and team building skills.
  • Demonstrated strong statistical data analysis capabilities.
  • Fluency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa is an added advantage

    General information: Initial appointment is for three years. IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.

    Closing Date: The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

    Applications: Applications including curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three referees should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager.

    For more information and application procedures, see: Yam Breeder/Geneticist Website

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