Tailored opportunities: MSc Graduate Fellowship Genetic diversity study in a Napier grass collection at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


The ILRI Genebank holds over 100 accessions and progeny seeds produced naturally from different accessions. However, little information exists on the amount of diversity held in this collection and how this relates to collections held in other genebanks. Generating more information and understanding the diversity in the collection, in the progeny and in accessions sourced from other genebanks for germplasm enhancement will enhance the conservation and utilization of the genetic resources. Thus, the graduate fellow will work together with ILRI scientists to assess the genetic diversity in the collections and progeny plants through genotyping and phenotypic characterization. This position would be part of a team working with forage genetic resource characterization and conservation.

The ILRI Feed and Forage Development program has an established molecular laboratory and bioinformatics capabilities to support this research based in ILRI Ethiopia. In addition, the Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) platform and broader BecA-ILRI capabilities are available at ILRI Kenya to support this work. Under the supervision of ILRI scientists, the graduate fellow will genotype the Napier grass collection in the genebank to identify the amount of genetic diversity in the collection and progeny plants. The fellow will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with travel to Nairobi, Kenya as necessary.


Position Requirements:

  • Degree in Plant Science, Biological Sciences, or a related field
  • Registered at a University, completed MSc course work and ready to start his/her thesis project
  • Demonstrated experience working in molecular genetics, quantitative genetics or bioinformatics
  • Work experience in organizing and implementing laboratory/field/glasshouse work
  • Work experience in DNA extraction and analysis
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office packages
  • Experience contributing to writing reports and journal publications
  • An effective and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and meet tight deadlines
  • Proficiency with written and spoken English
  • Able to travel, depending on project needs


Deadline for application is 19 July 2019


Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role 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/

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Author: African Academic/Researcher

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