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PDF Molecular Geneticist – Drought

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Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
Location: Ibadan, Nigeria
Last Date: June 15, 2011
 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Ref: IRS/10/RD/May 2011
PDF Molecular Geneticist – Drought


The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is seeking a highly qualified Postdoctoral fellow (PDF) in Molecular Genetics to work on drought resistance in rice-based systems in Africa as part of the second phase of the STRASA project. The PDF will be based at the AfricaRice station in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Background
The PDF Molecular Geneticist - Drought will be part of a multidisciplinary research team. He/She will work under the supervision of AfricaRice’s Drought Physiologist in collaboration with rice breeders based in Ibadan.

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 Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (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. AfricaRice is temporarily headquartered in Cotonou, Benin.

Responsibilities

The PDF Molecular Geneticist - Drought will:
• Establish a reliable protocol for drought tolerance on-station;
• Strengthen drought phenotyping capacities at NARS level through training and supply of equipment;
• Evaluate NILs with major drought QTLs at AfricaRice and NARS sites;
• Initiate MAS to introgress at least one major drought QTL into two African mega-varieties;
• Develop mapping populations segregating for drought tolerance;
• Conduct studies on allelic diversity of major drought tolerance QTLs in O. sativa and O. glaberrima rice accessions;
• Prepare presentations and publish research results;
• Train NARS partners in use of molecular techniques and genotyping of their samples;
• Undertake any other duties as requested by the Program 1 Leader

Requirements

• PhD in molecular biology, breeding or related fields
• Familiarity with molecular approaches – DNA extraction, amplification, QTL identification, genomics
• Experience with drought stress research in cereals
• Ability to work in multicultural settings in collaboration with national rice research and development stakeholders
• Fluency in English, working knowledge of French would be an asset

Terms and Conditions

• This is an internationally recruited position
• AfricaRice provides attractive international salary and benefits package and a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment
• 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). The application should include a cover letter together with a detailed CV with the following information: Name, surname, gender, date of birth, family status, nationality, higher diploma obtained, number of years of professional experience for the position, good knowledge or not of the Institution working languages (French/English) with the names and addresses (including telephone / fax / email) of three referees to:

Human Resources Department,
Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
01 BP 2031 Cotonou, Benin
F: + (229) 21 35 05 56; T: (229) 21 35 01 88
Email: africarice-hr@cgiar.org

Applications will be considered up to June 15, 2011.

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
www.AfricaRice.org.

 

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