Research Associate Job Vacancy at IITA

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable internal applicants for the
positions below at the Institute’s station in Kano:
Position: Research Associate
Contract: 2-year renewable contract Location: Kano
DUTIES:
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
• Assist cowpea breeder in planning and implementing laboratory, screen house and field
experiments;
• Supervise field research activities across all agro-ecologies relevant to cowpea
production, breeding operations including field preparation and layout, fertilizer
application, planting, weed and pest controls, data collection and harvesting;
• Visit all testing sites as required for effective supervision of trial and nursery
management;
• Plan and ensure procurement of inputs for laboratory, screen house and field trials for
all testing sites, hire and pay casual labor for various field operations;
• Supervise handling of germplasm in the breeding nurseries including planting, handpollinations ad data collection;
• Assist scientists in keeeping pedigree records of breeding materials in various
nurseries;
• Supervise seed multiplication of advanced lines, released varieties and candiates lines
for release;
• Supervise junior staff, universities, polytechnic and college of agriculture students on
Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), NYSC members and assist in
appraising their performances at the end of the year;
• Assist in collating data, running statistical analysis, conduct literature search and
prepare reports;
• Assist graduate students on their research projects as required;
• Assist scients to maintain strict control of budget expenditures and casual labor
employment;
• Perform all other related duties that may be assigned from time to time by the
supervisor.

QUALIFICATION:
MSc in Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Crop Production or related discipline with minimum of
five (5) years’ experience performing similar functions or related roles in a structured
organization.
COMPETENCIES:
The ideal candidate must:
• Possess good computer skills in MS-Office and strong knowledge in experimental
design and statistical analysis;
• Have excellent written and oral communication skills in English (working
knowledge of French considered as an advantage).
• Be well organized, able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, follow
protocols/instructions, troubleshoot and train subordinates.
• Be experienced in working with farmers and extension agents 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://www.iita.org/about/jobs/ 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.
IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from
female candidates

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