ILRI Consultancy: UPGRADE Project

Contract: Contract / Casual
Salary: Confidential
Status: Active

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Job Description

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to Introgress low-ODAP traits into locally adapted varieties (WP1) and to develop a robust protocol for genome editing of grasspea (WP5)

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.


UPGRADE is a collaborative project of John Innes Centre (JIC) in partnership with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and Queensland University of Technology (QUT). ILRI is responsible for implementing multiple activities of the project under different work packages (WPs). These WPs are introgression of low-ODAP traits into locally adapted varieties (WP1), investigation of the utility of grass pea as part of a drought-resilient mixed forage system (WP3), and development of a robust protocol for genome editing of grasspea (WP5). Multiple activities of above work packages are on-going and are planned to conclude on 31 April 2022, two months prior the end date of the project. ILRI seeks to recruit an experienced person as consultant with skills and knowledge of legume transformation, gene editing and gene introgression in legumes so that the projects’ obligations are no later than 30 June 2022.

Scope of work

WP1: Introgression of low-ODAP traits into locally adapted varieties. This includes gene introgression, ODAP screening, and fixing of low ODAP trait in the progenies. 

WP5: Development of a robust protocol for genome editing of grasspea (WP5). This includes development of gene editing constructs, transformation of grass pea using gene editing constructs, genotyping of transformed grasspea lines, regeneration of genome edited grasspea lines, and biochemical analysis of the mutants for β-ODAP content.

Final products

  • The Final Report Working protocols for grasspea gene editing
  • Gene edited grasspea mutant line with low or zero ODAP content.
  • F3 grasspea introgression lines
  • Consultancy Fee:  Lumpsum or by mutual agreement based on agreed milestones and deliverables

    Post location:  ILRI – Nairobi, Kenya

    Duration; 10 Months with maximum of 20 working days

    Essential skills and qualifications

    • Ph.D. in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
    • Minimum of five years experiences in molecular biology, biotechnology, genomics (including gene editing), transcriptomics, biological statistics, and bioinformatics.
    • Good publication record demonstrating candidate has hand-on experience and knowledge on techniques in molecular biology, biotechnology (including tissue culture), genomics, transcriptomics, biological statistics, and bioinformatics.
    • Working knowledge of growing plants in greenhouse and crossing of legumes.
    • Flexible and with the ability to meet stipulated timelines.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and proficiently in English is a must

    How to apply: 

    Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the assignment 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 by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 21 June 2021.  The assignment title and reference number C/BecA/06/2021 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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