Research Associate (Grain Quality)
Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Last Date: June 20, 2011
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE –
Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is seeking for a highly qualified
at the GSS (General Support Staff) level, to be based at its
temporary headquarters in Cotonou, Benin.
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.
Associate – (Grain
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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