Research Associate at IITA

Research Associate at IITA

LocationOyo State

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-043

Position: Research Associate
Location: Ibadan Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)
Date Posted: 18th December 2019 Closing Date: 8th January 2020
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable applicants for the position
below at the Institute’s Headquarters in Ibadan:
Position: Research Associate
Contract: 2-year renewable contract Location: Ibadan
DUTIES:
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
• Supervise field/laboratory research activities across plantain breeding and trial
sites, breeding operations including field preparation and layout, field
management, pollinations, and data collection;
• Responsible for updating and maintaining trial records and pedigree records on
banana breeding database (MUSABASE) and backstop plantain breeding staff on
digital data entry and use of applicable software; and liaise with the banana
breeding team in East Africa;
• Assist in designing experiments, collating data, running statistical analysis
(ANOVAS for comparing genotype performance for single location and multienvironment trials), conduct literature search and prepare good quality reports;
• Supervise germplasm multiplication and distribution activities for the programme;
• Keep track of hybrids being used worldwide and organise feedback;
• Plan and ensure procurement of supplies for laboratory, field, screen house
activities, oversee hiring and supervision of casual labour for various operations
while maintaining strict control of budget expenditures;
• Supervise junior staff and assist in annual performance appraisals;
• Assist graduate students on their research projects and trainees/interns as
required;
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• Assist the IITA plantain breeder with reporting to donors;
• Perform all other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
QUALIFICATION:
MSc in Plant Breeding, Crop Production, Agronomy or related discipline with minimum of
three (3) years’ related experience in a related role in an agricultural research organization
or equivalent experience is desired.
COMPETENCIES:
The ideal candidate must:
• Possess excellent computer skills in MS-Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and
strong
• knowledge in experimental design and use of statistical analysis packages
• Have excellent writing and oral communication skills in English.
• Be well organized and work effectively in a team, able to work under pressure and
meet deadlines, implement protocols, troubleshoot and train subordinates.
• Be experience in database management and use of statistical analysis software
(particularly R) would be considered as an advantage.
REMUNERATION:
We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working
conditions in a pleasant campus environment.
METHOD OF APPLICATION:
Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed cover letter
and curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA website:
http://jobs.iita.org/erecruit no later than Two Weeks from the date of this publication. 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.

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