Job at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – IITA


IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture) is guided by an ambitious strategy–to lift 11.5 million people out of poverty and revitalize 7.5 million hectares of farmland by 2020. We are a nonprofit organization founded in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported by several countries.

As one of 15 research centers in the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food-secure future, IITA is engaged in several CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). Our mission is to enhance food security and improve livelihoods in Africa through research for development (R4D).

Applications are invited from interested and qualified candidates to apply for the fresh job at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture – IITA.


Research Supervisor

Job Specifications:

    • Full Time
    • Required Qualifications: BA/BSC/HND

Job Description:

    • Prepare samples for genotyping following the vendors’ instructions.
    • Work with the curator to uphold the genotyping plate information and the genotyping results to MusaBase.
    • Extract, purify, quantify, and standardize DNA as needed and run PCR for specified products.
    • Perform ploidy analysis of banana hybrids and other germplasm, and enter the results in BTracT as applicable.
    • Archive the leaves of every genotype in the field and create a directory for easy access to the material.
  • Participate in the writing and validation of SOPs as well as student or other training related to the plantain molecular work.
  • Assist in the field and lab data collection for molecular research and application.
  • Keep custody of the molecular laboratory supplies and reagents.
  • Keep an updated inventory of the laboratory supplies for plantain molecular work.
  • Perform any other job-related tasks as may be assigned by the Supervisor.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • BSC/HND in Plant Science, Biology, Chemistry or any other related field with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing a similar role in a well-structured environment.


The ideal candidate must:

  • Be experienced in the extraction of high quality DNA from plants.
  • Be experienced in basic procedures and techniques in molecular biology.
  • Have practical experience with digital data collection and reporting.
  • Have good communication skills.
  • Have a good sense of lab ethics and cleanliness.
  • Be a team player with good interpersonal skills.

Method of Application

Qualified and interested candidates should Apply by Clicking the LINK below.

APPLY HERE – Research Supervisor

Deadline: July 4, 2024


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