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Postdoctoral fellow – Water Management

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Last Date: April 30, 2011
Email:  (Reference:


Ref: IRS/08/RD/April 2011
Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF)
Water Management

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is seeking a highly qualified Postdoctoral fellow – Water Management to join its Sustainable Productivity Enhancement Program.

About AfricaRice
The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is an association of 24 African member states and one of the 15 international Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The Center’s mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector in ways that ensure the sustainability of the farming environment. The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) ex WARDA is temporarily headquartered in Cotonou, Benin.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be stationed at AfricaRice’s temporary headquarters in Cotonou, Benin and will work under the supervision of the project coordinator of the SMART-IV project. The Postdoctoral fellow will:
o Lead the hydrology and water management section of the SMART-IV project in collaboration with partners from national and international universities and research systems;
o Investigate the impact of large scale development of Sawah rice-based systems on the basin hydrology and nutrient cycles using spatial hydrological modelling;
o Design and supervise sampling campaigns to calibrate hydrological models at catchment level under data-scarce conditions;
o Set-up, supervise and evaluate field experiments to assess the water and nutrient balance in Sawah and traditionally irrigated fields;
o Undertake scientific analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, and other processes essential for publishing and reporting results or findings;
o Publish and communicate research results in peer-reviewed journals, policy briefs, general interest outlets, and the media;
o Support and contribute to training of MSc and PhD students and supervise support staff;
o Provide support and advice to other AfricaRice project where irrigation and water management issues are relevant.

Essential requirements
The successful candidate should have:
o A Ph.D. degree in hydrology / water resources management with a strong background in agriculture, environment and natural resource management;
o Strong background in irrigation management and techniques used in rice production under various climatic conditions;
o Experience in setting up, feeding and validating spatially explicit hydrological models at field and basin scale such as SWAP/SVAT/WEAP/SLURP/SWAT/DNDC and DSSAT in data-scarce areas;
o Extended knowledge with regards to water sampling techniques and laboratory analysis needed for water quality assessments;
o strong analytical skills as well as knowledge of spatial statistics and extrapolation methods;
o pro-active and original way of thinking, and
o Communication skills in either English or French with working knowledge of the other.

Desirable requirements
o General understanding of nutrient cycles at field an basin level;
o Experience in the use of remotely sensed hydrological data sets to feed and calibrate hydrological models;
o Experience in the use of GIS software like ArcGIS;
o Scientific publication record;
o Knowledge of rice systems and inland valleys in Africa.

Terms and Conditions

o This is an internationally recruited position.
o AfricaRice provides attractive international salary and benefits package and a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment.
o The appointment is for two years with possibility for renewal

Application procedure

Candidates should send an application (including date of availability and a statement of any special qualifications for the position) and an up-to-date detailed curriculum vitae with the names and addresses (including telephone / fax / e-mail) of three referees to:
Human Resources Department, AfricaRice
01 BP 2031 Cotonou, Benin
F: + (229) 21 35 05 56; T: (229) 21 35 01 88

Applications will be considered up to April, 30 2010 or until the position is filled.

AfricaRice believes that staff diversity promotes excellence in its operations, and encourages applications from women and developing country professionals.

AfricaRice thanks all applicants but only the short listed candidates will be contacted.
To learn more about AfricaRice, please visit our website at .


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