Post-Doctoral FellowICRISAT is seeking applications from dynamic and potential candidates for Genotype by Cropping Systems Interactions: Sorghum plant types and their adoption in the Sudan Savannah of West-Africa
ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics is home to over 2 billion people, with 650 million of these being the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture. ICRISAT, established in 1972, and is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, see www.icrisat.org.
ICRISAT and its partners have released the first sorghum hybrids in Mali, based on local germplasm, adapted to the local growing condition. These hybrids have since shown consistent yield advantages averaging 30% to 40% over a wide range of production conditions in farmers’ fields. The hybrids provide grain yield increases also under poor soil fertility conditions, while also improving the profitability of fertilizer use, and generally measures to improve soil fertility. Efforts are underway to improve availability of seeds of these hybrids, as well as varieties of sorghum and other associated crops by supporting farmer managed seed enterprises. To effectively support these processes, and to build evidence for further scaling up, research on the changes that are triggered by the improved availability of seed are planned, focusing on sorghum production systems in the Sudan Savannah of Mali.
- Evaluate farmers’ preferences for specific types of varieties, or hybrids of sorghum, in the context of specific cropping systems, including soil fertility improvement strategies, gender and farm typologies.
- Analyse changes in food security in families who are adopting new production techniques, monitoring how increased production is being used in different types of families.
- Examine how women farmers use and benefit from increased availability of seed of diverse sorghum varieties and other crops in the target areas?
- PhD in crop science, agronomy or plant breeding
- Experience with participatory research methods and tools, specifically regarding variety evaluations
- Experience with complex tropical production systems
- French language skills
- Experience with sorghum field experimentation is an advantage
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
The Fellowship is for a period of 12 months and extendable based on funding availability. An attractive compensation in US Dollars will be offered to the right candidate. The Post-Doc Fellow will be based at ICRISAT , Mali.
How to apply:
Please apply on-line latest by 30 November 2014 (CLICK HERE), with a letter of motivation, full Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.
ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in increasing the participation of women on its staff. ICRISAT has a flexible approach to international appointments and welcomes dual-career couples.