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IITA Recruits Research Assistant


The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is an
international non-profit agricultural
research-for-development (R4D)
organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a
member of the CGIAR Consortium.
Our R4D approach is anchored on the
development needs of the tropics. We work with partners to enhance crop
quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and
generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally
recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally
recruited staff based in various stations across Africa.

Applications are invited for the internationally recruited position of:

Job Title: Research Assistant

Ref No: IITA-HR-NRS2015-040
Location: Abuja

Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • B.Sc Plant science/Biology preferable with specialization in plant breeding or genetics
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience in crop improvement research preferably with clonally propagated crops or yam

The ideal candidate must have:

  • Excellent knowledge of data management and statistical software programs.
  • Excellent knowledge of data management and statistical software programs.
  • Proactive, innovative and creative attitudes.
  • Excellent social skills, collaborative style, and ability to multi-task effectively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required.
  • Experience or good knowledge of working screen house, technical maintenance and crop management.
  • Demonstrated success in working with multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships in research or project implementation.


Successful candidate will among other things perform the following:

  • Assists yam breeder in the implementation of crossing block,
    generation of seedling and tuber progenies, clonal selection and field
    experiments including nursery and trial planting material preparation
    and management;
  • Plant pollination, screening and yield trial plots in screen house or field as needed;
  • Make crosses/pollination, harvest, process and store true seeds from crossing block;
  • Assists breeder in selecting best families and clones from
    different types of crosses, improves population, and maintain
    progenitors and breeding stocks;
  • Manage field trials assist in trial material seed increase as needed;
  • Supervise and train casual/temporary workers for screen house and field trials
  • Assist harvesting of trials, process and storage of tubers;
  • Distribute germplasm to partners and maintain record of distribution as needed;
  • Collect data from field and screen house trials with appropriate
    data capturing tools, prepare field book with appropriate tools, stacks
    data and imports into Yam data management system; Input data into field
    data software as needed and assist with plot randomizations and trial
    preparation for all plots;
  • Perform all other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor;

We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive fringe
benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus

How to Apply
Interested applicants should forward their applications with detailed
curriculum vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format. The
application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three
professional referees which must include either the Head of
applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct
Supervisor/Superior officer at work and evidence of current remuneration
Click here to apply online
Click here for more information

Deadline  25th August, 2015


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