Senior Research Supervisor vacancy at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior Research Supervisor to join our team. As a not-for-profit institution, IITA works to generate agricultural innovations that address Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. In partnership with various organizations across sub-Saharan Africa, we strive to improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment opportunities, and preserve natural resource integrity. As a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future, IITA is at the forefront of agricultural research and development.

  • Position: Senior Research Supervisor
  • Ref No: IITA-HR-NRS2023-018
  • Location: Ibadan, Oyo
  • Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)


The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting genotyping of plant materials designed for various genetics analyses, including linkage mapping, association studies, and marker-assisted selection.

The ideal candidate will also be responsible for collecting and preparing leaf tissues for shipment or DNA and RNA isolation, analyzing genotypic data, performing quantitative real-time PCR, gel electrophoresis, and other cognate techniques.

Additionally, the Senior Research Supervisor will carry out basic informatics analysis, ensure compliance with safety regulations of the Biotechnology Laboratory, sequence regions of interest, and deposit the DNA sequences in public sequence repositories when needed.

The ideal candidate will also develop gel-based allele-specific markers to select for traits of interest in tropical maize lines, perform in-silico analysis to functionally characterize candidate protein-coding genes linked to SNPs significantly associated with desired traits based on GWAS and QTL study, design and validate KASP markers for marker-assisted breeding in early, extra early, and medium maturing tropical maize lines, and perform any other job-related tasks assigned by the Supervisor.


The ideal candidate should possess a B.Sc/HND in Molecular Biology, Pathology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, or related fields with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience performing similar roles in a well-structured environment.

Additionally, the ideal candidate should have a good knowledge of molecular biology techniques and genomic data analysis and possess excellent report writing skills.


We offer highly competitive salaries with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

Application Closing Date:

  • 11th April, 2023.

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should click on the provided link to apply online. Candidates are required to attach a detailed Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae saved with their names in Microsoft word format.

The application must include the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees, which must include the applicant’s current or previous direct Supervisor, professional colleague, and evidence of the current remuneration package.

Application Link 


IITA is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce, particularly welcoming applications from women. While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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