The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Scientist Animal Nutrition to derive baselines of GHG emissions from livestock systems in Africa and identifying promising environmentally sound solutions to mitigate GHG emissions.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org
- Conduct agronomic, livestock productivity and greenhouse gas (GHG) measurements for different livestock systems in Sub-Saharan Africa to allow the quantification of system specific GHG fluxes within a livestock system and subsequently to develop mitigation options
- Manage and maintain laboratory and field facilities, specifically the respiration chambers for measuring GHG emissions from ruminants, including training and supervision of staff and evaluation of data
- Conduct laboratory scale, mesocosm parameterisation experiments to allow direct comparison of GHG emission potentials from manures and soils for different environmental conditions
- Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for productivity, GHG and nutrient management; and contribute to other communication products (research briefs, policy briefs etc.)
- Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research (including proposal writing) to address spatial and temporal variability of fluxes, and upscaling of mitigation options
- Coordinate research projects that are carried out within the Mazingira Centre at ILRI
- Provide ideas and initiate future research projects including grant writing/research mobilization
- Supervision of PhD and MSc students
- PhD in Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology or other relevant biophysical science discipline
- At least 5 years post-doctoral experience
- The ability to effectively communicate in a multicultural context, present findings to diverse audiences, and support facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops
- The ability to collaborate with scientists and technicians from other disciplines (biogeochemistry, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine etc.) in an interdisciplinary and multicultural team
- In depth knowledge on smallholder livestock production systems in developing and developed countries
- Experience with data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab or python
- The ability to supervise and train research assistants, students and provide necessary data quality control and assurance
- To contribute to research mobilization efforts
- Excellent written and spoken English.
Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya
Position level: The position level is 4C.
Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.
Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.
How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 16 December 2017. The position title and reference number S/LSE/11/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.
We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.