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Recruitment At Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)

Date Posted: 30/Jun/2014
Deadline: 23/Jul/2014


Ref: IRS/01/RD/2014/06

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill the position of

PostDoctoral Fellow in Abiotic Stress. The incumbent will be based will be based at

AfricaRice, Ibadan.

About AfricaRice

AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the

CGIAR Consortium. It is also an autonomous intergovernmental association of African

member countries.


The post‐Doctoral fellow will be a part of a multi‐disciplinary research team of AfricaRice.

S/he reports to the Lowland Rice Breeder under the Genetic Diversity and Improvement

Program. S/he will undertake the following activities which are not limitative:

 Establish and validate protocols to screen rice for abiotic stress tolerance


 Develop mapping populations to conduct genetic studies in stress tolerance;

 Identify genes/QTLs associated with abiotic stress tolerance;

 Initiate MAS to introgress major QTLs for abiotic stress tolerance;

 Assist in screening breeding populations for abiotic stress tolerance;

 Prepare presentations and publish research results;

 Undertake any other duties as requested by supervisor

Qualifications/Selection Criteria

Education: PhD in genetics, breeding or related fields

Work Experience: Substantive field experience in agricultural research in a developing

country; experience in abiotic stress research in cereals; experience in molecular marker

technology; experience in Africa would be an asset

Key Competencies Required: practical knowledge of rice production ecologies in Africa and

the challenges confronting farmers in the region; familiarity with molecular approaches

involving DNA, marker, QTL technologies; ability to work in a multicultural setting


The candidate should communicate fluently (orally and in writing) in English with a good

working knowledge of French.

Terms and Conditions

o This is an internationally recruited position.


o AfricaRice provides an attractive international salary and benefits package and a

collegial and gender‐sensitive working environment.

o The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility for renewal.

Application procedure

Candidates should send an application including a cover letter and a detailed CV with the

following information: Name, surname, gender, certificates obtained, professional experience

(stating clearly beginning and end dates of each experience (day, month, year) as well as its

length), language skills (French/English), and the names and contact information of three

referees that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work


To apply for this position, please send your applications:

To: [email protected] with the vacancy reference in subject: IRS/01/RD/2014/06

Or to the following address: Head, Human Resources Unit, AfricaRice, 01 B.P. 2031,

Cotonou, Benin Republic

Applications will be considered until Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

AfricaRice is an equal opportunity employer. AfricaRice believes that staff diversity

promotes excellence in its operations and particularly welcomes applications from women

and developing countries.

AfricaRice thanks all applicants but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To learn more about AfricaRice, please visit our website at

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