Vacancy for Post-doctoral Scientist-Plant Sciences and Food Safety (closing date: 18 September 2017)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral Scientist –Plant Sciences and Food Safety to lead the activities in developing improved grass pea (Lathyrus sativus) genotypes for East Africa and coordinate research on other food safety and nutritional security issues at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

Responsibilities for this position include:

Scientific research

  • Develop resources to enable the rapid improvement of grass pea (Lathyrus sativus)
  • Lead in pre-breeding of improved genotypes of grass pea for East Africa
  • Coordinate and supervise other research projects (e.g. ABCF fellowships) with a focus on nutritional quality and food safety
  • Analyse the nutritional content of grass pea and other plant products including animal feeds
  • Contribute to project reports and publish relevant findings on a timely basis in scientific literature and present at international scientific conferences

Capacity building

  • Contribute to capacity building activities at the BecA-ILRI Hub, including improvement of facilities and scientific and transferable skills trainings
  • Assist the partners from National agricultural research systems (NARS) in developing research platforms in their labs
  • Supervise staff, students and research fellows

Resource mobilization

  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts of the BecA-ILRI Hub
  • Participate in plant and food science professional forums in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Contribute to building collaborations and partnerships with international research institutions

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