Scientist – Germplasm Health

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Full time Staff

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Scientist – Germplasm Health  to provide support to implement Germplasm Health Unit activities under the Genebank Platform.

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.


The scientist would be part of a team working with forage genetic resources conservation and carry out activities related to germplasm health and post-entry quarantine of forage germplasm and who will specifically:

  • Lead activities on forage germplasm health for ILRI as part of coordinated activities under the Genebank Platform
  • Identify and research the extent of major seed borne virus diseases in the ILRI collection
  • Develop and optimize diagnostic tests for virus, bacteria, phytoplasma and fungi in forages, including use of molecular tools
  • Establish field and greenhouse procedures for elimination of viral, bacterial, phytoplasma and fungal diseases from the collection
  • Manage and continue improving a Quality Management System for seed health testing and post-entry screening, including the elaboration of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Maintain germplasm health databases for the genebank
  • Train technicians and technical assistants in disease diagnostics and routine procedures for plant management to eliminate diseases


  • PhD in plant pathology
  • At least 5 years of experience post PhD in standard seed-health diagnostic methods (e.g., ELISA, TBIA, dot blot, NASH/LAMP, fungal identification and PCR based methods) and next-generation sequencing technologies for pathogen detection.
  • Experience with laboratory organization and optimization of workflows.

Post location: The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 on or before 17 January 2018. The position title and reference number GHS/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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Closing date: 
17th January 2018