Postdoctoral Fellow, Cassava DNA Fingerprinting For Genetic Resources Management in Oyo, Nigeria


NGO/Community Services & Dev
Minimum Qualification
PhD or DPhil
Required Experience
5 - 7 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

Ref: DDG-R4D/PDF/GRM/11/15
Location: Ibadan
Recruitment Type: National (1-year renewable contract)


  • The successful applicant will use the existing GBS data to develop an informative panel of allele specific single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and be responsible for the applicability/suitability of the SNPs panel for cassava identity validation.
  • He or she will also be involved in all aspects of DNA fingerprinting of cassava accessions using this panel.

Terms of Reference

  • Conversion of SNP markers from GBS to a panel of informative allele-specific assays (LGC genomics or Illumina SNP chip) for fingerprinting and validation of the identity of accessions within cassava germplasm collection maintained by the GRC.
  • DNA fingerprinting of cassava accessions of GRC and use in identity confirmation and studies of genetic relatedness.
  • Liaison with external service providers for SNP assays and their interpretation.
  • Liaison with GRC Database Manager on storage of fingerprint information linked to accession level information.
  • Capacity building of GRC staff and students.
  • Contributions to reports and publications.

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • The candidate should have a PhD in Plant Genetics, Bioinformatics or related discipline. Experience in DNA markers and their application to crop improvement would be an advantage

Core Competencies

  • Sound understanding of population genetics and diversity analyses.
  • Experience with the analysis of next generation sequencing data.
  • Good knowledge of sample tracking systems such Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMs).
  • Familiarity with plant genetic resources, diversity analysis and genebanks would be an advantage.
  • Basic knowledge in Linux, R and related packages, scripting knowledge would be an advantage.



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