International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Postdoctoral Fellow, Cassava Breeder Jobs in Nigeria

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Postdoctoral Fellow, Cassava Breeder Jobs in Nigeria



The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the world’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Its award-winning research-for-development (R4D) approach addresses the development needs of tropical countries. IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 in Nigeria and governed by a Board of Trustees. IITA works on the following crops: cowpea, soybean, banana/plantain, yam, cassava, and maize. It is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Develop improved cassava lines by working at the interface between field breeding, genomic selection and marker assisted selection.
  • Implement multi-environment field trials to evaluate performance of new populations and make advancement decisions to support the breeding pipeline.
  • Carry out routine single and multi-environment mixed-model analysis of field trial data.
  • Carry out population genetic analyses to describe germplasm collections using genome-wide SNP markers.
  • Develop and validate new phenotyping platforms for cassava breeding (e.g. NIR).
  • Publish research findings in peer reviewed journals.
  • Stay current on relevant technical advances.
  • This position will involve extensive travels within Nigeria and Africa to co-coordinate a cassava breeding community of practice within the national programs of DR Congo, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Zambia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Malawi and Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Provide technical backstopping in data analytical developments and process improvement for national partner programs in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania.
  • Participate in resource mobilization with cassava research teams.


    Requirements


  • The candidate should have a Ph. D in Plant or Animal Breeding or Agronomy.
  • Strong
    background in breeding, quantitative genetics, statistics, and molecular technologies.
  • Highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, and innovative.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical programming in R.
  • Strong record of innovation and process improvement in breeding.
  • Strong understanding of management and utilization


    How to Apply


    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 31st October 2018


    Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format,


    The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.


    For more information and job application details, see; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Postdoctoral Fellow, Cassava Breeder Jobs in Nigeria


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