NARO Jobs – Plant Pathologist at National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI)

Job Title:   Plant Pathologist

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: 
  • Regularly
    review the activities in the value chain of oil palm in Uganda and
    worldwide to identify challenges and opportunities for oil palm pathology
  • Review
    the literature on oil palm to internalize the relevance of plant pathology
    and in particular to alert relevant authorities on oil palm diseases of
    destructive nature not yet occurring in Uganda
  • Identify
    pathogens causing oil palm diseases from nursery to post harvest.
  • Undertake
    isolation, culturing and characterization of economically important oil
    palm disease causing pathogens.
  • Isolate,
    characterize and conduct epidemiological and molecular biology studies on
    oil palm diseases of economic importance
  • Carry
    out regular surveillance of economically important oil palm diseases and
    occurrence of new diseases in the country.
  • Intuitively
    determine yield losses of economically important diseases on oil palm.
  • Study
    and understand the epidemiology (interplay of factors) of plant diseases.
  • Develop
    appropriate disease management strategies.
  • Establish
    linkages with other players /stake holders that will enhance the
    successful implementation of the various technology generation and
    dissemination research activities
  • Actively
    participate in studies to determine relationships between crop/ field
    management practices or /and environmental factors and the occurrence of
    adverse conditions on oil palm such as diseases, pests, viruses, and any
    unfavourable physiological conditions with the purpose of correcting such
  • Disseminate
    study results through farmer feedback workshops, training workshops and
    sessions, conferences, seminars, brochures, newsletters, journals,
    reports, media, field days and agricultural shows.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: The Plant Pathologist should hold 
a Master’s Degree in Crop Science or Biological Science with a bias in
Pathology and with at least a working experience of three years OR a Masters
Degree in Crop Science or Plant Protection with a bias in plant pathology from
a recognized University with at least 3 years working experience. Possession of
a PhD will be 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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