Research Technician I (Trait Evaluation) at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the worlds 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.The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable Nigerian for the position below at the Institute’s headquarters in Ibadan:Job Title: Research Technician I (Trait Evaluation) ResponsibilitiesSuccessful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:Support Senior Research Support Officer, International Trials Manager and scientist of the am breeding unit in trait evaluation to generate high quality data and ensure project goals are accomplished;Carry out field, screen house and / or laboratory activities to determine agronomic, resistance (disease and pest) and quality attributes;Assist in the evaluation of agronomic traits, resistance to diseases and nematodes, and quality attributes within the Yam breeding unit to identify breeding clones with improved characteristics;Collect field, screen house and lab data using electronic devices and data management software;Assist with all research activities in yam breeding unit;Assist with preparation of fields and screen houses for planting;Assist with maintenance of field plots and screen houses, including fertilizer application, spraying of herbicides and tillage for weed control, spraying of insecticides in screen houses, and supervision of casuals;Assist in harvesting of yam and maintenance of yam storage facilities;Assist graduate students on research projects as required;Maintain working areas for Yam breeding unit in clean and organized manner;Follow Unit’s quality standards and strive for continuous improvement of performance and efficiency in the Unit;Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor. 

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