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  • Posted: Jul 28, 2022
    Deadline: Aug 14, 2022
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  • The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit institution. that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa's most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation.
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    EiA – Post Doctoral Fellow, Soil Health

    IITA through the Excellence in Agronomy (EiA) Initiative invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in soil health with a focus on soil microbiology. The postdoctoral fellow will work in close collaboration with colleagues from EiA across 10 CGIAR centers and more specifically the Soil Health working group and long-term trials team. A key task of this postdoctoral position will focus on research towards microbial indicators for soil health assessment.

    Position Responsibilities

    • Contribute towards the development of a framework to define indicators of soil health and multifunctionality in addition to the EiA’s KPIs for soil health and in general for Agronomic Gain.
    • Propose standardized methods of selected microbial measures as novel indicators to assess the impact of agronomic interventions on soil health.
    • Supervise and coordinate field technicians on trial management and data collection.
    • Supervise and mentor postgraduate students.
    • Coordinate data collection and analysis.
    • Work closely with project monitoring and evaluation team and contribute to periodic monitoring and evaluation reports.
    • Provide support to activities within the soil health working group of EiA.
    • Write reports and make presentations on research accomplishments through appropriate for a such as international conferences and workshops.
    • Publish research findings in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.
    • Actively engage in resource mobilization for the development and support of ongoing and new activities.

    Educational Qualifications

    • The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences, Agronomy, Soil Microbiology, or any closely related field with at least two years of prior research work experience.

    Core Competencies

    • Knowledge and skill in crop production, management, and cropping systems.
    • Knowledge of soil plant-microbe interactions.
    • Knowledge of modern molecular techniques.
    • Demonstrated ability to write and publish journal articles.
    • Excellent spoken and written English, knowledge of Swahili is an added advantage.
    • Working knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa, especially East Africa.
    • Able to work as part of an interdisciplinary and diverse team.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to International Institute of Tropical Agriculture on jobs.iita.org to apply

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