• Exciting Career at The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)

  • Posted on: 30 June, 2014 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • 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.

    Postdoctoral Fellow - Genetics & Breeding

     

    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 ImprovementProgram. 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

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

    Method of Application

    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. To learn more about AfricaRice, please visit our website at www.AfricaRice.org

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