Germplasm Health Temporary Research Associate Jobs in Ethiopia

Germplasm Health Temporary Research Associate Jobs in Ethiopia

The Position

  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate II – Germplasm Health on a temporary basis for six months who will be working with Feed and Forage Development Program at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock.

  • It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world.

    Job Purpose

  • The purpose of the Research Associate II position is to participate and assist the routine activities of germplasm health at the ILRI forage Genebank-Feed and Forage Development Program.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Conducts routine diagnostic tests for virus, bacteria, phytoplasma and fungi in the ILRI Forage Genebank collection;

    • Carries out surveillance on plant diseases and pests in different field stations of the Genebank and provides suggestion for proper fungicides and pesticides application;

    • Prepares media, buffers, and other reagents used in the diagnosis;

    • Conducts greenhouse bioassays for determining virulence of viral, bacterial, phytoplasma and fungal pathogens including host propagation, inoculation, evaluation and data recording;

    • Prepares the reports corresponding to the germplasm health evaluation in the laboratory and field

    • Maintains accurate records of laboratory and field
    activities in the database;

    • Other related duties as required and assigned by the supervisor.

    Minimum Requirements


    • BSc degree in Plant Pathology, Plant science /Seed Technology Or related fields

    • Diploma from a recognized university/college in Plant Pathology/Seed Technology/ Plant science or related fields.


    • BSc degree with a minimum of two years relevant experience Or Diploma in relevant field with four years of relevant experience

    • Experience in plant diseases diagnosis in the laboratory and field

    • Experience working in laboratory, screenhouse and field environments

    • Experienced in the growth and propagation of plants, preferably forages

    • Experience in seed technology or conservation of plant genetic resources

    • Experience in using a database


    • Experience on QMS is an advantage


    • Effective communication skills in English, both written and oral

    • Good understanding of molecular laboratory techniques

    • Broad knowledge of plant diseases, pests, and Integrated pest management (IPM)

    • Knowledge of basic statistical analysis and experimental design principles

    • Ability to learn new technologies and apply it to solve problems

    • Efficient data recording and management skills

    • Ability to work as a team member as well as independently

    • Ability to work with laboratory chemicals, fungicides and other potential irritating substances

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Germplasm Health Temporary Research Associate Jobs in Ethiopia

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