3 Research Technician NGO Job Vacancies – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

 

Job Title:    Research Technicians (3 Job
Vacancies)

Organization: International Institute of Tropical
Agriculture (IITA)

Duty Station:
Wakiso, Uganda

Reports to: Banana
Breeder

 

About US:

The International
Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the 15 Institutes of the
CGIAR global research partnerships with headquarters in Ibadan Nigeria. IITA is
a nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Trustees and has a permanent
office in Uganda. IITA focused primarily on improving cassava and banana-based
systems in the nineties. The research focus over the past 5-10 years has
expanded to include research on: climate change, trade-off analysis for
smallholder livelihoods, Innovation systems and impact pathways, and
Institutional and policy dimensions from local to national level.

 

Job Summary:  IITA Uganda is seeking to recruit qualified
Ugandans, for 3 positions of Research Technician, for Accelerated Breeding of
Better Bananas project based at Sendusu – Namulonge station. The successful
candidates will be part of the Banana breeding team working on Pathology
activities within the breeding program.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Development,
implementation and supervision of experiments on pests and diseases

·       
Collection,
entry, analysis and synthesis of data from laboratory, screen houses and field

·       
Identification,
rearing and maintenance of weevils to be used in experiments.

·       
Identification,
rearing/culturing and maintenance of nematodes to be used in experiments.

·       
Identification,
culturing and maintenance of Fusarium wilt cultures to be used in experiments.

·       
Identification,
culturing and maintenance of Black sigatoka cultures to be used in experiments.

·       
Ensure
cleanliness and safety of the pathology Laboratory

·       
Routine
maintenance of screen-house and on station experiments

·       
Work
closely with students

·       
Supervision
and coordination of screen house and field labour

·       
Assist
in data management in Musabase

·       
Assist
in data tracking using Btract

·       
Assist
the banana curator in germplasm management.

·       
Writing
reports

·       
Any other
duty as assigned by the supervisor

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree with specialization in
Microbiology or Plant Pathology and 4 years relevant working experience, in
similar responsibility.

·       
Experience
in working with not for profit Organizations

·       
Knowledge
and experience working on Field and laboratory Research

·       
Experience
in handling Lab consumables and supplies

·       
Ability
to record Lab stocks of inventory both on shelf and cold chain

·       
Basic
knowledge or working with Lab equipment

·       
Excellent
communication skills in English, both written and oral

·       
Computer
proficiency including MS Office (Word/ PowerPoint, excel)

·       
Ability
to complete multiple tasks under pressure and work in a multi-cultural team
environment

 

How to Apply:

All candidates
should send their applications which must include covering letter, photocopies
of academic documents, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three referees,
and a letter from each referee, should be sent online, addressed to: The
Country Representative, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
– Uganda. P.O Box 7878, Kampala, Uganda. Please indicate the job you are applying
for on the subject line. NB: Because of
the high numbers of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted.

 

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Deadline: 11th December 2020.

 

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