Associate Scientist Molecular Breeder at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture IITA
IITA International Institute of Tropical Agricul
Oyo, Oyo gallego, ng
6d ago
source : Ecadoo

Ref No DDG R4D AS MB 07 18 Location Ibadan Oyo Job Description IITA seeks a highly motivated individual to work as Associate Scientist Molecular Breeder in the ongoing project lsquo Enhancing yam breeding for increased productivity and improved quality in West Africa AfricaYam rsquo The project team is working towards a vision to increase yam productivity whilst reducing production costs and environmental impact by developing and deploying varieties with higher yield greater resistance to pests and diseases and improved tuber quality Led by IITA the project involves a network of research organizations in the four main producer countries of the yam belt of West Africa the National Root Crops Research Institute NRCRI and the Ebonyi State University EBSU in Nigeria two research institutes under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR in Ghana the Crops Research Institute and the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute le Centre National de Recherche Agronomique CNRA C ocirc te d Ivoire and l rsquo Universite d Abomey Calavi UAC Dassa Center Benin Partners outside West Africa are the Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement CIRAD France the Iwate Biotechnology Research Center IBRC Japan the James Hutton Institute JHI UK Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences JIRCAS Japan and the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research BTI Cornell University USA Position Responsibilities Contribute to genomic resource development and deployment for germplasm enhancement of yam and work with the breeder to identify priority target traits develop breeding approaches and implement efficient and cost effective molecular tools for the project Utilize existing and novel markers and genotyping systems to develop and validate functional markers Develop suitable marker trait association approaches including QTL mapping genome wide association studies GWAS and genomic selection for relevant traits in existing and newly developed populations Collaborate with breeders and scientists in related disciplines to develop and implement improved phenotyping protocols Establish collaboration with advanced labs in the areas of gene marker discovery and trait capture techniques with the aim of deploying comparative and functional genomics approaches to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of yam breeding Develop strategies to translate information from sequencing and genotyping systems and the corresponding data management and analysis methods to enhance yam improvement Supervise and manage national staff and graduate students as needed Participate in resource mobilization with yam research teams Publish research findings in peer reviewed journals Participate actively in project review and planning meetings and in reporting on progress Perform any other activities as may be assigned Educational Qualifications The candidate should have a PhD in Genetics Molecular Biology Plant Breeding or related fields Core Competencies At least 2 years of post PhD experience in a crop breeding program Knowledge and experience in plant genetics genomics breeding and bioinformatics Ability to integrate high quality phenotyping with genotyping Experience with project activity implementation and monitoring Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Excellent spoken and written English Fluency in French will be an asset Demonstrated ability to publish articles in peer reviewed international journals Ability to work as a member of a team Remuneration We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment

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