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The candidate will work with a research group (team) in planning and conducting basic and applied pre- and postharvest research targeted at fruit flies, false codling moth, thrips and other vegetable crop pests. The successful candidate will engage with relevant stakeholders in the technical and operational design and implementation of the project, and periodic reporting to the Project Leader. The position also requires cooperation with research personnel in complementary disciplines, NARS, agribusiness partners, and fruit and vegetable growers in several project countries.
The successful candidate is expected to:
· Conduct basic and applied research contributing to the implementation of IPM strategy for the target crop pests;
· Establish postharvest disinfestation parameters for the target pests on the target crops;
· Establish and operationalise postharvest facilities in the target countries with the agribusiness partners;
· Develop and implement bioecological and management studies for the target crop pests, in collaboration with partners in various project target countries;
· Develop, test proof-of-concept and provide other novel tools for managing pests of target crops;
· Build capacity of agribusiness partners on pre- and postharvest management of the target pests;
· Contribute to fundraising and develop synergies with other projects to maximise project impacts;
· Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed journals;
· Communicate research results to stakeholders through presentations, media and other outreach materials.
· PhD or equivalent in entomology and crop protection from a recognised university, with experience in postharvest at both basic and applied levels.
· Excellent track record of research, peer-reviewed publications, and proposal development.
· Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
· Candidate should be below 40 years of age.
· Ability to design and undertake both laboratory (in fruit flies and other tree crop pests) and field experiments (field efficacy for monitoring, mass trapping, mating disruption, biological control, and the like).
· Proficiency in use of statistical tools and other related statistical software.
· Prior experience in fruit flies and other tree crop pests’ ecology and management will be preferred.
Other desirable attributes
· Ability to supervise and mentor technical staff and students, and demonstrate leadership skills.
· An effective, innovative, team player with ability to work in multidisciplinary, multi-institutional and multicultural environment.
· Eagerness to learn new techniques and work with minimal supervision.
This position reports to the Programme Leader or his/her designee at icipe.