Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable Nigerian for the position below at the Institute’s headquarters in Ibadan:Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Ref: DDG-R4D/PDF/MB/B/06/17 Location: IbadanRecruitment Type: National (3 year renewable contract)Position ResponsibilitiesThe tasks will include:Manage Confined Field Trials for CASS projectSupervise sampling and sample processing for the CASS project.Manage all activities related to the CASS confined field trials.Investigate the molecular basis of resistance to viral diseases (CMD and CBSV) in cassava.Study genes and pathways involved in the mechanism of storage root initiation in cassava.Study the differential expression profile of mRNA and smallRNA in different cassava genotypes before and after storage root initiationStudy the differential RNA expression profiles in banana genotypes selected within the MUSA project.Produce and analyse RNA and smallRNA sequencing data in collaboration with the bioinformatics unit.Implement capacity for NGS RNA libraries preparation at Bioscience unit.Implement capacity for assessment of gene function and gene modification including: agrobacterium-mediated transient gene expression and virus induced gene silencing (VIGS) technologies.Publish work in peer-reviewed journals.Supervise and train PhD and master students supported by the CASS and MUSA projects in advanced molecular biology and virology. 

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