Cowpea Molecular Breeder (Ref No: DDG-R4D/PDF/CMB/07/15) in Kano, Nigeria


NonProfit Organization Management
Minimum Qualification
PhD or DPhil
Required Experience
7 - 10 years
Employment Type
Male or Female

Job Description

The Postdoc cowpea molecular breeder will contribute to delivering the IITA/Monsanto cowpea project milestones under direct supervision of the Project Leader. More specifically, he/she will:

 Participate in molecular breeding and genetic analyses studies, including QTL detection/mapping and validation, whole genome prediction and field experimentation

 Identify key trait variations for traits of interest in collaboration with key scientists (entomologist, physiologist...)

 Implement the development of populations and improved cowpea cultivars for grain and/or fodder uses through the use of adapted and introduced germplasm, and in collaboration with national partners and the institute’s Senior Cowpea Breeder.

 Conduct quality research on the genetics of key traits including resistance/tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses.

 Validate methodologies/technologies to improve the efficiency of cowpea breeding programs

 Supervise field technicians, and postgraduate students.

 Assist the Project Leader in implementing key activities in the project’s target countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria.

 Contribute to resource mobilization and strengthening of NARS partners’ capacity in molecular breeding.

 Ready to travel in all project countries.



Applications: Applications must include covering letter which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be addressed to the Head, Human Resources Service.


PhD degree in plant genetics, molecular genetics, plant breeding, or related field.


Core Competencies:

 Experience in conducting molecular and field breeding activities (preferably on cowpea)

 Knowledge of Marker-assisted Breeding (MABC, MAGIC, MARS)


 Good publishing skills in quality scientific journals

 Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural environment

 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

 Information management skills and competence in computer software used to manage breeding programs, establish trials and analyze results.

 Excellent spoken and written English; ability to communicate in French is important.


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