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.
IITA seeks a qualified postdoctoral fellow (recent graduates encouraged to apply) to participate as a breeder in a new initiative to restart the IITA plantain breeding program at the High Rainfall Substation in Onne, Nigeria where it was previously operated and productive. The successful applicant will lay the foundation for a revived plantain breeding program as a basis for a future multi-partner plantain improvement program for Sub-Saharan Africa to enhance the livelihoods of smallholders through the development and adoption of improved plantain hybrids. The program will emphasize West and Central Africa but with global implications.
Breeding will occur concomitantly at multiple ploidy levels in an integrated scheme to obtain superior plantain cultivars with higher yield, consumer acceptability, higher levels of pest resistance and improved quality traits. In addition this initiative will accelerate and increase the efficiency of breeding through:
The successful candidate will be expected to oversee the breeding activities in Nigeria under the supervision of a senior breeder and pathologist, and ensure that outputs are delivered according to an agreed work plan. The postdoctoral fellow will also assist the current banana molecular biologist and the senior plantain pathologist in managing project partnerships on plantain breeding. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Senior Banana Breeder and he/she will report to the Regional hub director of West Africa and the Director in charge of Crop Improvement and Biotechnology.
The postdoctoral fellow will undertake the following activities:
The contract will be for an initial period of three years with possibility of renewal for two additional years based on performance and availability of funding. IITA offers internationally competitive remuneration package paid in U.S. Dollars.
Applicants should forward their Covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service.
To apply, visit IITA Career Page