Post-Doctoral Fellow in Abiotic Stress

Africarice - Ibadan (Nigeria)

Reference IRS/01/RD/2014/06

Issue Date 25/06/2014

Type of Contract International

Education Bac + 5 et Plus

Work Experience Expérience sur poste similaire requise

Application Deadline 22/07/2014

Position n° 315

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About the employer / working context

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill the position of Post‐Doctoral  Fellow  in  Abiotic Stress.  The  incumbent  will be  based  will  be  based  at AfricaRice, Ibadan.
About AfricaRice 
AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the CGIAR  Consortium.  It  is  also  an  autonomous intergovernmental  association  of  African member countries.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities 
The post‐Doctoral fellow will be a part of a multi‐disciplinary research team of AfricaRice.  
S/he reports to the  Lowland  Rice  Breeder  under the Genetic Diversity  and  Improvement Program. S/he will undertake the following activities which are not limitative:   

  • Establish  and  validate  protocols  to  screen  rice  for  abiotic  stress  tolerance (drought/submergence/Fe‐toxicity); 
  • Develop mapping populations to conduct genetic studies in stress tolerance; 
  • Identify genes/QTLs associated with abiotic stress tolerance; 
  • Initiate MAS to introgress major QTLs for abiotic stress tolerance; 
  • Assist in screening breeding populations for abiotic stress tolerance; 
  • Prepare presentations and publish research results; 
  • Undertake any other duties as requested by supervisor

Job Qualifications & Skills / Selection Criteria

Education:

PhD in genetics, breeding or related fields 

Work  Experience:

Substantive  field  experience  in  agricultural  research  in  a  developing country;  experience  in  abiotic stress research  in  cereals;  experience  in molecular marker technology; experience in Africa would be an asset

Key Competencies Required:

Practical knowledge of rice production ecologies in Africa and the  challenges  confronting  farmers  in  the  region;  familiarity  with molecular  approaches involving DNA, marker, QTL technologies; ability to work in a multicultural setting

Language 

The  candidate should  communicate fluently (orally  and  in writing)  in  English with  a  good working knowledge of French. 

Terms and Conditions 

  • This is an  internationally recruited position. 
  • AfricaRice  provides  an  attractive international salary  and  benefits  package  and  a collegial and gender‐sensitive working environment. 
  • The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility for renewal.  

Application procedure 
Candidates should send an application including a cover letter and a detailed CV with the following information: Name, surname, gender, certificates obtained, professional experience (stating clearly beginning and end dates of each experience (day, month, year) as well as its length),  language skills (French/English),  and the names  and  contact  information of three referees  that  are  knowledgeable of  the  candidate’s  professional  qualifications  and  work experience.

To apply for this position, please send your applications: 
To: H.Zok@cgiar.org with the vacancy reference in subject: IRS/01/RD/2014/06 
Or to the following address:

Head, Human Resources Unit, AfricaRice, 01 B.P. 2031, Cotonou, Benin Republic

Applications will be considered until Tuesday, July 22, 2014. 
AfricaRice is an equal opportunity employer. AfricaRice believes that staff diversity promotes excellence in its operations and particularly welcomes applications from women and developing countries.

AfricaRice thanks all applicants but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Additional Information about the position

Position Type: Temps plein

Working Hours: Horaire normal

Working Language: Anglais

Second Language: Français

Closing Date: 2014-07-22

Application

Apply Apply for the Job on Company Website
By Email: H.Zok@cgiar.org
By postal mail: Head, Human Resources Unit, AfricaRice, 01 B.P. 2031, Cotonou, Benin Republic