IITA is an international non-profit agricultural research-for-development (R4D) organization established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of tropical nations. We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 100 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and 900 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa.
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture seeks suitable candidates for the position of Senior Plant Pathologist at its Headquarters in Ibadan.
• Coordinate and expand IITA’s portfolio of donor-funded projects on mycotoxins and biological control of aflatoxins.
• Serve as the link between IITA’s mycotoxin research group and CGIAR’s Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) Program.
• Provide leadership for interdisciplinary research leading to management of important diseases of cereal, legumes, roots and tuber crops in West and Central Africa.
• Study biology and epidemiology of diseases to generate a good understanding of the host-pathogen-environment systems that can further help to develop strategies for disease management.
• Mentor and backstop graduate students and national and regional staff responsible for research and regulatory systems.
• Lead and support initiatives to raise funds for projects, targeted activities and meetings.
• Routinely communicate research results through media outlets, communication channels and through the publication of peer reviewed journals.
• Develop and nurture effective partnerships and collaborative relationships. Duty station: The position will be based at the IITA Headquarters and Regional Hub for West Africa in Ibadan, Nigeria, but will involve extensive travel within and outside Africa and include management of staff in countries across the target area of Eastern, Southern and Central Africa.
Skills & Abilities
• Experience in pathogen diversity, host-plant resistance and disease management research and corresponding publication record.
• Experience in use of molecular biology and statistical tools to study pathogen diversity and ecology is essential.
• Strong oral and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with multidisciplinary teams, national agriculture Research Systems, farmers, special interest groups, government officials, and consumers.
• Demonstrated experience in seeking grants and management of large-scale projects.
• Demonstrated ability to write and publish journal articles.
• Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
Minimum Qualification & Experience
The candidate should have a PhD in plant pathology, with more than 7 years of post-PhD experience in plant pathology and mycotoxin research.