Research Associate – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
About IITA:
The International Institute of
Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a member of a world-wide network of
International Agricultural Research Centers. IITA’s research focuses on
smallholder cropping systems in sub- Saharan Africa. IITA has headquarters in
Ibadan Nigeria, a regional hub in Dar-es- Salaam, Tanzania and a permanent
office in Uganda.
Job Summary:  The IITA Research Associate will be
responsible for plant breeding to be based at IITA-Uganda at the National Crop
Resources Research Institute at Sendusu/Namulonge. This position may entail
travelling for official assignment both within and outside Uganda. IITA works
on breeding and improvement of highland cooking bananas for East Africa with a
focus on improved yields, quality and host plant resistance. The primary duties
of the research associate will be to support the principal scientists in
carrying out research.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Actively
    coordinate breeding activities
  • Responsible
    for the design and manage trials and experiments
  • Oversee
    all field and laboratory operations, data collection, computer data entry
    and analysis, synthesis and writing reports.
  • Actively
    coordinate and supervise field and lab labour of Research Assistants,
    Research Technicians and trainees
  • Perform
    any other duties assigned by supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Research Associate should hold a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences
    preferably with an emphasis in breeding and genetics, or agronomy, or
    plant physiology;
  • A
    minimum of three or more years of relevant working experience.
  • Working
    knowledge of agronomic practices, statistics, and experimental procedures;
  • Working
    knowledge of banana production and production constraints;
  • Possess
    excellent communication, interpersonal and reporting skills;
  • Possess
    the ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and in a
    cross-cultural setting.
  • Ability
    to work with minimum supervision.
  • Computer
    literacy skills with Microsoft Office
How to Apply: 
All candidates should send their
applications including an updated curriculum vitae, copies of certificates,
telephone number, email address, and names and addresses of three referees and
send them to the Country Representative, IITA-Uganda P.O. Box, 7878, Kampala,
OR hand deliver to Plot 15, East Naguru Road OR email to: Please clearly
indicate Research Associate-Breeding in subject line if sending by email or on
envelope if sending by post, or hand delivery.
Deadline: 20th February 2015

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