Tailored opportunities: Postdoctoral Fellow, Geospatial Data Scientist


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.
Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.
IITA and Bioversity International are recruiting an “Geospatial Data Scientist” to support geospatial data collection, analysis and modelling under a BMZ supported agricultural research for development project in Central Africa. The project aims to use citizen science and ICT to develop (cost-)effective and scalable decision support tools for advancing the prevention and control of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) in East and Central Africa. The project has a 3-year timeline and will mainly take place in Rwanda; where the position is based. This project uses ICT-based and geospatial tools to (1) provide extension providers and farmers with decision-support on (cost-) effective BXW control, and (2) crowdsource data to develop a GIS-based early warning system to prevent the further spread of BXW. The postdoc will play a pivotal role in the implementation of the project, working closely together with the PhD researcher(s) and the Rwanda Agricultural Board.
Position Responsibilities
The postdoctoral fellow will undertake the following activities:
• Design, implement and monitor geospatial research in the context of a research for  development program.
• Collect, analyse and visualise geospatial data to develop decision support tools for pest and disease control and prevention.
• Geospatial modelling for simulation and prediction of pest and disease spread.
• Lead participatory and inclusive GIS-based tool design and testing with research and development partners.
• Collaborate with scientists and mobile app developers to improve geospatial data collection based on
principles of Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing.
• Design, develop and maintain information systems to implement procedures to avail geospatial data using mobile app- and web-based tools to end-users.
• Liaise with software and app developers to integrate prediction models into decision support tools.
• Conduct statistical analyses of experimental and survey-based agronomic, socio-economic and/or health data.
• Collaborate with data scientist to develop prediction models.
• Backstop GIS across the ongoing IITA and Bioversity International R4D project portfolio in Central Africa


The candidate should have a finalised PhD in human geography, geospatial information systems (GIS) or geospatial modelling preferably applied in the field of agriculture.


Please complete our online application form using this link: http://www.iita.org/career


Deadline for application is 26th December 2017.

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Author: African Academic/Researcher

Science and Research by Africans for Africa

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