Postdoctoral Fellow - Maize in Oyo, Nigeria


Minimum Qualification
Required Experience
5 - 7 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

Ref Number: DDG-R4D/PDF/M/04/16
Job type: Contract (2 Years)

Position Responsibilities
The primary Responsibilities of the Postdoctoral Position will include:

  • Conduct marker-assisted recurrent selection to increase the concentration of pro-vitamin A and other cartotenoids.
  • Involve in the development and testing of new pro-vitamin A enriched maize varieties and hybrids with defensive and adaptive traits.
  • Assist in organizing and conducting pro-vitamin A enriched maize hybrid and variety regional trials in IITA’s testing sites and in multiple locations in collaboration with partners.
  • Compile, process, analyze, and write regional trial reports.
  • Run analyses of data recorded in multiple locations using appropriate software package, prepare reports and draft manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.
  • Lead production of breeder seeds of parents of hybrids and synthetic varieties to supply to partners for further multiplication and deployment.
  • Involve in organizing of training for stakeholders engaged in PVA maize seed production under the Building Nutritious Food Basket project.
  • Work with HarvestPlus and CIP-Nigeria team in promotional activities on PVA maize.
  • Work HarvestPlus and CIP-Nigeria team producers of PVA with processors.
  • Assist in the preparation of project proposals for funding.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor as required.

Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate should have obtained a PhD in Plant Breeding with considerable field experience and working knowledge of molecular tools as well as analyses of QTL and association studies.

Core Competencies

  • Experience in planning and conducting field trials using appropriate designs as well as collecting and analyzing experimental data with relevant statistical software required.
  • A proven track record in publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Fluency in English and knowledge of a second language such as French would be an advantage.
  • Good inter-personal skills and ability to work with multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams.

General Information

  • Initial appointment is for a period of two-years with a possible extension to the third year.
  • IITA offers a competitive remuneration package paid in US dollars.


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