Fresh Job Opening at IITA – International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture) is guided by an ambitious strategy–to lift 11.5 million people out of poverty and revitalize 7.5 million hectares of farmland by 2020. We are a nonprofit organization founded in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported by several countries.

As one of 15 research centers in the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food secure future, IITA is engaged in several CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). Our mission is to enhance food security and improve livelihoods in Africa through research for development (R4D).

Applications are invited from interested and qualified candidates to apply for the fresh job opening at IITA.

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:

  • Carry out inspection survey for virus disease incidence in the seed multiplication plots and germplasm evaluation trials in the field and under screen house conditions.
  • Collection of samples for health assessment and indexing by qualitative and quantitative diagnostics testing to measure virus load.
  • Perform characterization of virus diversity by biological and molecular method including the use of conventional and high throughput sequencing methods.
  • Carry out diagnostics testing for virus in IITA mandate crops and selection of healthy planting materials for propagation.
  • Carry out virus purification and production of antibodies.
  • Design oligonucleotide primers for PCR and isothermal amplification assays.
  • Participate as resource person in diagnostics and phenotyping workshops.
  • Perform collection and analysis of field, laboratory data and prepare quality technical reports.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

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Qualifications and Requirements:

  • BSc/HND in Plant Science, Pathology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or related field with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing similar role in a well-structured environment.


The ideal candidate must:

  • Have good knowledge of plant technology, disease diagnosis, principle and application of modern diagnostic tools (ELISA, PCR, LAMP, RPA, highthroughput sequencing) and virus disease phenotyping.
  • Be experience in application of ELISA and PCR based method, vegetative propagation, conduct field surveys, manage experiments, in the screen house and field, indexing and seed testing.
  • Be computer literate and have ability to use basic statistical methods for data analysis.
  • Have capability and readiness to travel independently within Nigeria and work on the field.
  • Ability to cope with heavy intermittent work load extending beyond office hours and during weekends.
  • Have ability to interpret data and prepare good technical report.
  • Have good interpersonal and communication skill.
  • Have ability to work harmoniously in an interdisciplinary team with an international and multicultural background.

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