Senior Research Supervisor at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Posted on Mon 06th Sep, 2021 - --- (0 comments)

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

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2021-0021
Location: Ibadan, Oyo
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Organize and carry out high-throughput genotyping of breeding populations and germplasm collections.
  • Implement high DNA and RNA extraction.
  • Carry out SNP marker genotyping using kaspar assay.
  • Prepare samples for RNA sequencing and gene expression studies.
  • Assist in data analysis and report writing.
  • Lead Tissue Culture activities in the lab including media preparation, subculturing and hardening of plantlets.
  • Keep an up-to-date record of laboratory workflows and standard-operating procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with laboratory safety regulations.
  • Provide support and training to partner organizations.
  • Train students, junior staff and short-term visitors.
  • Perform any other job-related task as may be assigned.


  • B.Sc / HND qualification in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or related field with minimum of four (4) years’ experience with emphasis on high and medium density genotyping, DNA - RNA- sequencing, and analysis of molecular marker data in a well-structured environment or donor-funded organization.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Have basic knowledge in computational analysis using standard programming software’s such as R.
  • Be a detail-oriented person that can strictly adhere to project timelines.
  • Demonstrate ability to write and communicate effectively.

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

Application Closing Date
20th September, 2021.

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

Click here for more information (PDF)

Important Information

  • Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching a detailed Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format to IITA.
  • The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct
  • Supervisor, professional colleague and evidence of current remuneration package.
  • 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.