JOB OPENINGS AT ILRI

Below find job openings at ILRI. Please click on the links to view details and circulate them widely.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Technical Assistant III on behalf of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to provide technical research support in the day to day processing of samples for zinc analysis.

ILRI vacancy: Technical Assistant III (Closing date: 14 July 2020)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a dynamic scientist with a keen interest in plant genetic-resources, to head the forage genebank located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The role will also be responsible for managing the collection of tropical and sub-tropical forages held at ILRI while ensuring seamless integration, presenting a single ‘virtual genebank collection’ with distribution points in Africa and Latin America, with the collection held at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT in Cali, Colombia. Extensive travel, both in Ethiopia to experimental stations and internationally including to Colombia to coordinate activities between the tropical-forage collections, will be required.

ILRI vacancy: Forage Genebank Manager (Closing date: 7 August 2020)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Human Resource and Administration Associate to manage the Site Human Resource Administration, including coordinating equipment, stock and office administration according to ILRI’s procedures and standards to ensure other Departments can continue with their daily operations.

         ILRI vacancy: Human Resource and Administration Associate (Closing date: 21 July 2020)

7/11/20, 12:33 PM – +254 722 674542: A fully-funded PhD position available immediately to study the genomics and ecology of true fruit flies (Tephritidae)
Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
We invite applications for full-time study of a PhD in Entomology in the above-mentioned Department. The position is available from 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. A bursary is available for 3 years, depending on satisfactory research progress. This competitive bursary will cover all registration fees and will include a generous stipend to cover living and study expenses in Stellenbosch for the 3 year study period.
The specific project details are:
Project title: Dispersal potential and landscape connectivity of important Tephritidae species in southern Africa for the identification of management units and pest free areas.
Background and Objectives:
Species in the Tephritidae (Diptera) are important economic pests of agriculture in South Africa. The PhD project forms part of the DISPEST project: “Redefining DISpersal potential for adequate fruit fly PEST management (Diptera, Tephritidae)”. This is a collaborative project (2019-2022) between Stellenbosch University (SU), Citrus Research International (CRI) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Belgium), financed through the Belgian Development Cooperation. The main objectives of this PhD thesis will be to (1) generate predictions of the most likely dispersal pathways by modelling existing and newly collected trapping, fruit rearing and population genomic data for Ceratitis rosa and Ceratitis quilicii and to use this information to generate landscape connectivity maps for South Africa and Mozambique; (2) infer appropriate management units and provide information on spatial prioritization and also indicate areas suitable as Pest Free Areas (PFAs); and Areas of Low Pest Prevalence (ALPP). In addition to this main question, the PhD candidate will also be involved in (3) estimating dispersal potential and its environmental dependence in Bactrocera dorsalis, an invasive tephritid in South Africa, under both optimal and stressful conditions, through replicated laboratory trials and field release-recapture assays. Finally the PhD candidate will be involved in (4) developing morphological identification tools for the larvae of the most prominent Tephritidae in South Africa. The candidate will be based at SU, but must be willing to travel for fieldwork and research exchange and training opportunities.
Requirements:
• MSc in Entomology, Zoology or an equivalent biological sciences background (e.g. Genetics, Horticulture, Plant Pathology).
• Fulfill the specific admission requirements for the postgraduate degree at SU
• Prior experience in Applied Entomology and population genetics or genomics will be advantageous
• Good analytical and practical skills
• Valid driver’s license
• Excellent communication skills

Please submit your curriculum vitae with the names of two referees, academic record and a cover letter (1-2 pages) describing your research interest, previous research experience (if applicable) and why you think you are a good fit for this project to Prof. Pia Addison (pia@sun.ac.za), Dept of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University, (http://www.cons-ent.com). Deadline: 31 July 2020.
Research environment:
The successful applicant would join a dynamic, active research group based at the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, hosted by Dr Minette Karsten, Prof Pia Addison and Prof. John S. Terblanche. The research team investigates aspects of functional ecology, pest management and environmental physiology and how this may be applied to enhance sustainable agriculture and reduce the rates and impacts of biological invasions. The successful applicant will receive key training, and have substantial opportunities to develop an academic or research career, with good prospects of scientific publications, while building a network of novel collaborations with international research leaders in the subject field.
For more information on the research group and team, see http://insectphysiologicalecology.org/

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AWARD 10 years celebrations

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) works toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. AWARD invests in African scientists, research institutions, and agribusinesses so that they can deliver agricultural innovations that better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains.

2018 marks a decade since the inception of AWARD.  During the 10 years of its existence, through its flagship initiative- the AWARD Fellowship, AWARD has strengthened the science, leadership, and mentoring skills of 1,158 scientists from 16 African countries. Out of these, 465 are outstanding women scientists who have benefited as AWARD Fellows and who embody the full potential of the innovative career development program.

In November 2018, AWARD will celebrate a decade of huge investments in building a critical mass of capable, confident, and influential women scientists available to lead critical advances and innovations for the agricultural sector and highlight the tremendous impact this initiative has had not just on the individual scientists, but also on the agricultural research and development landscape in Africa.

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Call for Applications-INGSA Research Associates Grant Programme 2019

INGSA
The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is a collaborative platform for policy makers, practitioners, national academies, and academics to share experience, build capacity and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government. INGSA is offering six professional development and research grants to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries.
They are particularly interested in the policy maker perspective. As such, they are seeking research projects that help to answer this question: “What are the challenges in your country/region/organisation limiting the use of scientific evidence by policy makers? How will your research contribute to overcoming them?” More on INGSA Call for applications
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KeAWARD Official Launch 2nd November 2018

The KeAWARD Launch Forum will take place in Nairobi on 2nd November 2018 at the KALRO Headquarters along Kaptagat road, Nairobi starting at 9:00 am.

The Launch themed “Empowering Communities through Research and Innovation” will help draw practical approaches and strategies to empower communities. It will be a platform for KeAWARD to launch its five years strategic plan and to discuss its current situation, challenges and advancements relating to its vision of empowering agricultural communities.

We sincerely hope you will be able to join us, and ask that you confirm participation no later than Wednesday 19 October directly to Margaret Lukuyu, mnyawira06@yahoo.co.uk

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