Research Supervisor (Seed Multiplication) in Oyo, Nigeria


Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
1 - 3 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

Ref.: IITA-HR-NRS2016-041
Location: Ibadan, Oyo

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Assist in multiplication of virus-free cassava planting material using several different rapid multiplication methods;
  • Assist in testing of treatments to improve multiplication rate and reduce cost of rapid multiplication systems in the laboratory and field;
  • Assist in planting, maintenance, data collection, harvesting and post-harvest handling of roots and stems from variety trials on-station and on-farm;
  • Assist with stem sales of pre-basic seed include keeping records of sales and facilitating payment and deposit of revenue from stem sales;
  • Participate in training of technicians and partners on methods of cassava stem multiplication;
  • Assist in supervising subordinate staff on field, laboratory and screenhouse activities;
  • Assist in providing technical backstopping to cassava seed multipliers,
  • Assist in collection and analyses of field and lab data including preparation of quality technical reports;
  • Perform any other duty as may be assigned by the supervisor.


  • HND/B.Sc Degree in Plant Breeding, Crop Production, Agricultural Extension, Plant Science, Biochemistry, or related disciplines with 2 years’ experience performing similar role.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • Very good knowledge of plant breeding and seed production of vegetative propagated crops
  • Demonstrable supervisory experience (lab/field).
  • At least three years of experience in a similar position with experience in propagation of clonally propagated crops (such as cassava), conducting field trials, working in the laboratory and screenhouse settings, managing experiments including data collection and analysis.
  • Passion and commitment for academic excellence.
  • Computer literacy, data organization and analysis skills
  • Good capability and readiness to travel independently within Nigeria, and work in the fields.
  • Good coping skills with heavy workloads extending beyond office hours and during weekends
  • Ability to learn new skills, quickly adapt and apply new methods.
  • Ability to interpret data and prepare good technical reports.
  • Very good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work harmoniously in an interdisciplinary team with an international and intercultural background.

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




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