The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral Scientist to lead laboratory and field studies to evaluate roles of plant beneficial microbes on the adaptation and agronomic performances of Brachiaria grass.
ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world.
BecA-ILRI Hub program at ILRI has been working on endophytes and plant associated microbes of Brachiaria grass (Brachiaria spp.), an important tropical forage of African origin for the past seven years. We have established a collection of over 900 microbes, documented microbial communities, and subset of these microbes have been tested for their potential roles in plant growth, development and resilience to climate change in laboratory and greenhouse environments. Currently, we are examining roles of these microbes for drought tolerance, nutrient acquisition, disease resistance and biomass production of Brachiaria grass in field environment. This research aims at exploitation and use of native plant beneficial microbes to increase availability of quality forage to smallholder livestock farmers in Africa by improving resilience of Brachiaria grass against multiple abiotic and biotic stresses.
Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: The position is on 18 months fixed term. The possibility of extension exists pending individual’s performance and the availability of funds.
Terms of Appointment
This is position is at job level HG 16 and it is open to both national and international applicants. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; medical and other insurances.
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