NGO Agricultural Jobs – Research Assistant – Plant Pathology at International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Organisation: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

About CIAT:
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – a member of the CGIAR Consortium ( – develops technologies, innovative methods, and new knowledge that better enable farmers, especially smallholders, to make agriculture competitive and profitable as well as sustainable and resilient: ( CIAT is seeking to recruit highly motivated individuals to join the team at the Kampala Office. The individuals should be capable of serving a multicultural and multidisciplinary team. The positions will be based at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories- Kawanda.

Job Summary: The position provides support in all areas of bean pathology including pathogen identification and characterization using conventional and molecular biology techniques, as well as integrated disease management. The position reports to the ECABREN Coordinator/Plant Pathologist.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Work with Senior Scientist to provide technical support in all areas of bean pathology including conducting field surveys, as well as laboratory and screenhouse experiments.
·         Conduct field trials on disease epidemiology and integrated management of foliar, soil, and postharvest diseases of beans.
·         Provide support in training of Scientists and Technicians from National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) partners in pathogen diagnostics and characterization.
·         Giving technical support to postgraduate students conducting thesis research in bean pathology.
·         Analyzing data and developing reports and publications on the research activities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         Masters degree in agriculture or equivalent, with emphasis in Plant Pathology.
·         At least 3 years of relevant work experience in a busy plant pathology laboratory, preferably in an international organization.
·         Experience with standard molecular biology techniques.
·         Good statistical analysis and report writing skills.
·         Ability to cope with heavy intermittent workloads extending beyond office hours and during weekends.
·         Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, but also participate as a team member in accomplishment of duties.
·         Strong attention to detail and maintaining a timely and efficient work flow.

How to apply:
Applications must clearly indicate the position applied for in the subject line and all attachments are to be named by the applicant’s surname.
Please send cover letter and CV with contacts of three references to: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), P.O. Box 6247, Kampala, Uganda or Email to:
Deadline: 22nd March 2013. Thank you for your interest in our organisation however, only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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