The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ongoing Job Vacancy – Apply Now!

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24 Feb, 2023

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Research Jobs in Nigeria

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. We are recruiting to fill the position below:






Job Title: Senior Research Supervisor
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2023-007
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)
Contract: 2-year renewable contract


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • We offer highly competitive salaries with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

To Apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Application Deadline:
1st March, 2023.



  • IITA is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce, particularly welcoming applications from women.
  • While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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