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Research Technician I (Field) at IITA

IITA is an International Non-profit Agricultural Research -for-Development (R4D) Organization Established in 1967, governed by a Board of Trustees, and a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our R4D approach is anchored on the development needs of tropical nations.

We work with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. We have more than 200 internationally recruited scientists from about 35 countries and over 1000 nationally recruited staff based in various stations across Africa. Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.

IITA is currently looking to fill the vacant position below at its station in Kano.

Position: Research Technician I (Field)

Location:   Kano

Contract:   2-year renewable contract


Successful candidate will among other lings perform the Mowing duties:

  • Assist with all research activities using MARS and MAGIC populations for tolerance/ resistance to different abiotic and biotic stresses (drought related traits, Shiga (Shiga sop.), Aphid (Aphis craccivora Koch) and Bacterial blight (Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. vignicola (Xav); seed size and grain quality Aphid;
  • Assist with field layout and infestation (bacterial blight, inoculums, striga seed etc.); Assist with data collection;
  • Assist in fertilizer application and planting up to harvesting period and also supervision of casuals;
  • Assist graduate students on research project as required;
  • Drive and maintain breeding vehicles;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


The ideal candidate must have:

  • Be very detailed and highly organized.
  • Have good time management skill
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Be able to use a tablet or computer for data collection.
  • Have good communication skill both oral and written
  • Have good management skills
  • Good critical thinking and interpersonal skill.


OND in General Agnate preferably Crop Production, Crop Protection or related field with at least two (2) years of relevant work experience perform similar role.


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

Method of Application:

Interested applicants should complete the online application attaching detailed curriculum vitae saved with their names m Microsoft word format to IITA website: http://www.iita.org/careers no later than 17th November, 2016. 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 particularly welcomes applications from female candidates.



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