NARO Jobs – Crop Physiologist at National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI)

Job Title:   Crop Physiologist
Organization: National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI)
Duty Station: Uganda
National Crops Resources
Research Institute (NaCRRI) is one of the six National Agricultural Research
Institute (NARIS) under the policy guidance and co-ordination of the National
Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). The National Agricultural Research Organisation
(NARO) is the apex body for guidance and coordination of all agricultural
research activities in the national agricultural research system in Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Intuitively
    review the activities in the value chain of oil palm in Uganda and
    worldwide to identify challenges and opportunities for plant physiology
  • Review
    the literature on oil palm to internalize the relevance of oil palm
  • Carry
    out experiments in appropriate environment; collect, analyze, and
    interpret data and submit relevant reports.
  • Conduct
    Studies to understand the availability of land and atmosphere related
    resources, and their effect on growth and development of the oil palm crop
  • Conduct
    studies to determine the factors that affect the availability levels of
    the resources over the crops life cycle
  • Determine
    any relationships between the physiology of the crop and any other crop
    phenomena such as germination, flowering, fruit ripening, pollination, sex
    differentiation , diseases, pests, quality and quantity of palm oil
  • Conduct
    studies to understand how environmental stresses like drought, salinity,
    pollutants and high and low temperatures affect oil palm crop
  • Study
    any relationships between the management practices and physiological
    processes in the oil palm
  • Identify
    for procurement equipment and instruments for laboratory and field use in
    physiological studies
  • Establish
    linkages with other players /stake holders that will enhance the
    successful implementation of the various technology generation and
    dissemination research activities
  • Share
    study results through farmer feedback workshops, training workshops and
    sessions, conferences, seminars, brochures, newsletters, journals,
    reports, media, field days and agricultural shows.
  • Offer
    training to farmers, extension personnel, university students and
    interested parties on oil palm production.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Crop Physiologist should possess a Master’s Degree in Crop Science or
    Biological Science with a bias in Crop Physiology and with at least three
    years working experience.
  • The
    ideal candidate should demonstrate that s/he has adequate knowledge
    related to crop physiology, should possess good skills in experimental
    design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and report writing, and
    willing to be a member of a multidisciplinary team of scientists handling
    diverse roles on improving oil palm productivity.
  • The
    Possession of a PhD is an added advantage.
Age: Below 45 years
How to Apply: 
All interested persons with the
above requirements should send their hand-written applications together with a
detailed curriculum vitae giving day-time telephone numbers and names and
addresses of 3 (three) referees as well as copies of professional certificates
and testimonials to:
The Director, National Crops
Resources Research institute, P.O. Box 7084, Kampala, Uganda
Deadline: 31st March, 2015 by 5:00 PM
NB: Only
short listed candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be
notified via their website, Click Here
and NARO.

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