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Research Associate (Grain Quality)

Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Last Date: June 20, 2011


Ref: GSS/15/RD/May/2011

Background: The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is seeking for a highly qualified Research Associate (Grain Quality) at the GSS (General Support Staff) level, to be based at its temporary headquarters in Cotonou, Benin. 

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. 

Position:     Research Associate – (Grain Quality)

Category:  GSS 


Under the supervision of the Head of the Grain Quality, the Research Associate will assist him in carrying out his tasks, he/she will be in charge of the following tasks:  

·        Construct a daily plan for activities to be conducted in the physiology and grain quality laboratories

·        Organize laboratory training for new comers (orientation training)

·        Provide training in new techniques to laboratory technicians and students

·        Provide individual and group with training and arrange capacity building of NARS partners

·        Oversee the maintenance of laboratory equipment

·        Oversee the ordering of new equipment and consumables

·        Check for the availability of workspace in the laboratories and inform the Unit Head

·        Set rules and guidelines for working in the laboratories

·        Ensure the proper utilization of equipment

·        Report on activities in the physiology and grain quality laboratories

·        Publish papers in international refereed journals and conference proceedings  


·        MSc or PhD degree or equivalent in plant physiology and food chemistry

·        Long experience in laboratory management and equipment

·        Good knowledge of plant physiology and food chemistry and experience in rice plant cultivation

·        Strong oral and written communication skills in French and/or English with a good working knowledge of the other language.

·        Ability to work with other scientists and partners

·        Ability to work under minimal supervision

Terms and Conditions

This is a regionally-recruited position and the appointment is for two years with possibility for renewal. 

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

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


Applications will be considered up to June 25, 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



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