NARO Uganda Jobs Vacancies- Entomologist

Job Title: ENTOMOLOGIST (1 Position) USAID-Feed the Future
National Agricultural Research Organization is implementing a public-private partnership project with international, regional and local institutions on water efficient maize for Africa (WEMA).


Job Description: National Agricultural Research Organization is implementing a public-private partnership project with international, regional and local institutions on water efficient maize for Africa (WEMA). The project aims to improve food security and rural livelihoods among small-scale maize producers in Africa by developing drought tolerant-hybrid maize varieties. This Project is funded through African Agricultural Technology Foundation by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Howard Buffet Foundation. Feed the Future initiative of USAID is also supporting NARO to improve food security, health and nutrition. NARO is seeking for dynamic scientists and technicians to implement project activities under the cereals program at the National Crops Resources Research Institute as follows:-
Preferred Skills: Task and Responsibilities:

* Design entomology trials and collect, analyse and on-farm research trial data


* Develop and implement farmer participatory research methodologies


* In collaboration with breeders, develop maize inbred lines, hybrids, and open-pollinated varieties resistant to stem borers and post harvest pests (maize weevil and larger grain borer)


* Develop appropriate crop pest management technologies that are gender responsive


* Technically backstop breeders in insect resistant research


* Offer training to farmers, extension personnel, and other interested parties


* Developing grant proposals to secure funding for conducting specific research programs in line with the institute’s strategic management plan


Required Skills/Experiences:

PhD in entomology or associated disciplines. Applied knowledge of experimental design, management of field trials, and field breeding operations. Experience in insect rearing and use in screening for resistance in lab and fieldbased crop research. Excellent computer skills and experience with SAS, GENSTAT, or other statistical software


How to Apply:
Intrested persons with the above requirements should submit hand written applications together with detailed CV giving day time telephone numbers of 3 referees as well as copies of professional certificates and transcripts to

The Director
National Crops Resources Research Institute
(NaCRRI)
P.O box 7084, Kampala

Deadline: 12th March 2012

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