Research Supervisor (Cassava Seed Health) at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

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.Job Title: Research Supervisor (Cassava Seed Health)Ref No: IITA-HR-NRS2016-041Location: Ibadan, OyoRecruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract) Responsibilities Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:Assist in the inspection surveys for cassava pest and disease incidence in the seed multiplication plots in the fields and under screenhouse conditions;Assist in collection of samples for health assessment and indexing;Assist in testing of field grown and in vitro cassava for pathogens (mainly viruses and bacteria) using ELISA, PCR, LAMP and other diagnostic methods;Assist in the selection of healthy planting material for propagation;Involves in organizing and monitoring of cassava seed degeneration trial;Assist in providing technical backstopping to seed quality inspections;Assist in collection and analyzing of field and laboratory data including preparation of quality technical reports.

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