Research Associate – Yam Breeding Job at IITA Nigeria

Job Title: Research Associate – Yam Breeding (2 year renewable contract)
Location: Ibadan, Nigeria
Employer: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable Nigerian Nationals for the position of Research Associateat the Institute’s Headquarters, Ibadan.

Position / Responsibilities:
Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
• Assist in scientific and technical backstopping for hardening and transplanting invitro plantlets to aeroponics system for seed yam propagation of grantees
• Provide technical support to grantees for strict sanitation measures in orders to avoid fungal and bacterial contamination as well as pest and diseases for plantlets (set up standard operating procedures)
• Support private seed producers with research activities to overcome limitations constraints for optimization of seed yam production in aeroponic system
• Provide expertise in quality assurance ( PH, Electro conductivity etc.) of nutrient solution for yam propagation in aeroponics system
• Assist the aeroponics grantees (private and public) in planning, implementing and monitoring of contractural activities and timely reporting
• Ensure that planned activities/ tasks are undertaken on schedule and assist assigned staff on site to accomplish their duties timely.
• Supervise technicians and other support staff including youth copper IT student etc.
• Assist in conducting training for seed yam production on eroponics using pr-rooted and non-rooted vine cuttings.
• Perform any other related duties as may assigned

Qualification, Experience and Skills:
MSC in Tissue Culture, Plant Physiology or any related discipline
• Minimum of 3 year relevant working experience on a similar role
• Good skills in MS Office and general knowledge of computer

The ideal candidate must:
• Be able to follow instructions and work independently where necessary.
• Possess good organizational skills and demonstrate ability to work under pressure.
• Be available to work outside office hours and for extended hours where necessary

Remuneration: We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive fringe benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

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