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Post-doctoral Scientist – Forage Microbiome At ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya

Post-doctoral Scientist – Forage Microbiome At ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya

Deadline 27 August 2020

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is looking for a Post-doctoral Scientist to lead laboratory and field studies to evaluate roles of plant beneficial microbes on the adaptation and agronomic performances of Brachiaria grass.

I. Responsibilities

  • Microbial isolation, identification and characterization, inoculum preparation, plant inoculations, documenting agronomic and physiological performance.
  • Conduct research to understand how naturally occurring plant beneficial microorganism(s) contribute to the drought tolerance, nutrient acquisition, disease resistance and overall performance of the host plants.
  • Develops and apply environmental microbiology techniques to study dynamics of naturally occurring microbial communities over time.
  • Participate in team discussions aimed at the design of new experiments, reports on results of research including publishing in peer review scientific journals, giving presentations at institutional meetings and national and international conferences.
  • Contribute in grant writing
  • Co-supervise research associate, research officers and visiting scientists

II. Requirements

  • Ph.D. in plant molecular biology, plant microbe interaction, molecular microbiology or related disciplines in the last three years
  • Two or more years of research experiences on molecular biology, plant microbe interaction, genomics and transcriptomics
  • A good knowledge of theory and practices of modern biosciences.
  • Proficiency in bioinformatics and biological statistics
  • Evidence of publications in peer review journal and participation in national and international meetings
  • Strong interest in and commitment to African agricultural research and development.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English

III. Terms of Appointment

  • This is position is at job level HG 16 and it is open to both national and international applicants.
  • ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; medical and other insurances.
  • The position is on 18 months fixed term. The possibility of extension exists pending individual’s performance and the availability of funds. 

IV. How to apply?

  • Applicants should send a cover letter, copy of PhD transcript and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on this link
  • The position title and reference number PD/BecA/2020 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.
  • ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

For more information please visit ILRI Website


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