Research Associate - Yam Breeding (2 Year Renewable Contract) in Oyo, Nigeria


NonProfit Organization Management
Minimum Qualification
Master's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Male or Female

Job Description

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable Nigerian Nationals for the position Research Associate at the Institute’s Headquarters, Ibadan.


Position / Responsibilities

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Assist in scientific and technical backstopping for hardening and transplanting invitro plantlets to aeroponics system for seed yam propagation of grantees
  • Provide technical support to grantees for strict sanitation measures in orders to avoid fungal and bacterial contamination as well as pest and diseases for plantlets (set up standard operating procedures)
  • Support private seed producers with research activities to overcome limitations constraints for optimization of seed yam production in aeroponic system
  • Provide expertise in quality assurance ( PH, Electro conductivity etc.) of nutrient solution for yam propagation in aeroponics system
  • Assist the aeroponics grantees (private and public) in planning, implementing and monitoring of contractural activities and timely reporting
  • Ensure that planned activities/ tasks are undertaken on schedule and assist assigned staff on site to accomplish their duties timely.
  • Supervise technicians and other support staff including youth copper IT student etc.
  • Assist in conducting training for seed yam production on eroponics using pr-rooted and non-rooted vine cuttings.
  • Perform any other related duties as may assigned


Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • MSC in Tissue Culture, Plant Physiology or any related discipline
  • Minimum of 3 year relevant working experience on a similar role
  • Good skills in MS Office and general knowledge of computer

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be able to follow instructions and work independently where necessary.
  • Possess good organizational skills and demonstrate ability to work under pressure.
  • Be available to work outside office hours and for extended hours where necessary


We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive fringe benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

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