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Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) in Remote Sensing and GIS

Africa Rice Center
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Last Date: February 15, 2011

Ref: IRS/07/RD/December 2010
Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) in Remote Sensing and GIS
(for mapping abiotic stresses in rice systems)

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is looking for a highly qualified Post-Doctoral Fellow in Remote Sensing and GIS to join its Sustainable Productivity Enhancement Program.

ABOUT AfricaRice: The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). AfricaRice is also an autonomous intergovernmental research association of 24 African member states. The mission of AfricaRice is to contribute to food security and poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), through research, partnerships, capacity strengthening, and policy support on rice-based systems, and in ways that promote sustainable agricultural development based on environmentally sound management of natural resources.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be based at the temporary headquarters of AfricaRice in Cotonou, Benin and will work under the supervision of the Program 2 Leader. She or he will be responsible for:

§  Evaluating and applying methodologies for mapping the distribution of rice in different ecosystems in Africa using remote sensing, GIS and national statistics;

§  The development, validation and application of innovative approaches to map abiotic and biotic stress distribution in rice production systems in Africa;

§  Performing spatial analysis in a GIS environment to identify suitable areas for adoption of stress-tolerant varieties by combining remote sensing obtained maps and survey data;

§  Prepare presentations and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.

§  Developing research proposals, and

§  Undertaking any other duties as requested by the Program 2 Leader.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: The successful candidate should have:

§  a PhD degree in Ecology or Agriculture with a specialisation in remote sensing applications, or a PhD degree in Geo-information Science (remote sensing) with a strong background in agriculture and environment;

§  at least two years’ experience in using remote sensing software like ERDAS Imagine or ENVI;

§  experience is handling large data sets;

§  experience in the use of various types of satellite images such as WorldView, Quickbird, Spot, Landsat, Aster, ResourceSat and MODIS;

§  strong analytical skills as well as knowledge of spatial statistics 

§  strong communication skills are required in either English or French, with a good working knowledge of the other.

§  ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team as well as take responsibilities for tasks with minimal supervision 


§  Experience in the use of GIS software like ArcGIS;

§  Programming skills, preferably in IDL;

§  Working experience in rice areas, and

§  Strong scientific publication record.


§  This is an internationally recruited position.

§  AfricaRice provides attractive international salary and benefits package and a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment.

§  The contract for the position will be for a fixed three-year term

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Candidates should send a letter of application, which specifically addresses the selection criteria outlined previously, and up-to-date curriculum vitae with the names and addresses (including Tel/fax/e-mail) of three referees to: 

Human Resources Manager
Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
01 B.P. 2031 Cotonou
Fax: + 229 - 21 35 05 56
Tel : + 229 - 21 35 01 88


Applications will be considered up to 15 February 2011 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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