ILRI Agriculture PhD Graduate Fellowships in Kenya

ILRI Agriculture PhD Graduate Nutrient Budgets of smallholder mixed crop-livestock farming systems Fellowships in Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a PhD Graduate Fellowship for the nutrient budgets of smallholder mixed crop-livestock farming systems in Eastern Africa project.

Livestock systems and other agricultural production systems are known for their relatively large environmental footprint, particularly in Africa when set in relation to productivity.

To achieve sustainable livestock development pathways in East Africa it is important to understand the impact of livestock on the environment (GHG emissions, soil health, water impacts) at various scales.

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 centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world.

Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

Responsibilities of the fellow

  • To study nutrient cycling (gains and losses of carbon and nitrogen) in smallholder farming systems in Eastern Africa;
  • To measure nutrient losses and gains from individual farm components, ie manure heaps, soils, forage and crop plots etc.;
  • To identify best-bet climate smart options based on the newly collected data;
  • To communicate the gained findings to stakeholders (ministries, livestock extension officers, farmers);
  • Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for productivity, GHG and nutrient management;
  • Develop new concepts and ideas for further research;
  • Provide supervision and guidance to field support staff and
    research assistants;
    Data analysis
  • Coordinate stakeholder engagement/participation
  • ake presentations at meetings as may be required

    Requirements for the ideal candidate

  • MSc in Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Geography or other relevant discipline
  • Experience in greenhouse gas measurement at different scales, ie. Greenhouse gas chambers, eddy covariance or similar;
  • Knowledge on agricultural production systems in developing and/or developed countries
  • Experience in handling of diverse datasets, data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab or python;
  • The ability to jointly work in a multinational team of scientists and technicians from other disciplines (biogeochemistry, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine etc.);
  • The ability to apply necessary steps to ensure data quality assurance and data quality control;
  • The ability to supervise and guide research assistants;
  • Excellent communication skills

    Terms of appointment and stipend:

    ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical cover, air ticket, and research expenses. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

    How to Apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 31st August, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; ILRI Agriculture PhD Graduate Fellowships in Kenya

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