Post-Doctoral Scientist - Earth observation and environmental sensing for climate-smart sustainable agropastoral ecosystem transformation in East Africa (ESSA)

  • Nairobi, Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-doctoral Scientist to set up and operate eddy covariance infrastructure and measurements across a gradient of land degradation, and to determine nutrient budgets in semi-arid landscapes in East Africa within the ESSA project (https://wmi.uonbi.ac.ke/research-projects/earth-observation-and-environmental-sensing-climate-smart-sustainable). This position will be housed within the ILRI’s Mazingira Centre (https://mazingira.ilri.org/) as part of Mazingira Centre’s scientific staff.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research on efficient, safe, and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only research centre within the wider network of CGIAR institutions dedicated entirely to research on animal agriculture in developing countries. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, ILRI has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org


Responsibilities

  • Maintain two existing eddy covariance flux towers in semi-arid areas of Kenya at ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station in Machakos County and an additional site in Taita-Taveta County;
  • Set up and maintain a new eddy covariance tower in semi-arid Southern Ethiopia and assist in setting up a second eddy covariance flux tower in Taita-Taveta County;
  • Conduct visualization and analysis of the newly derived data from eddy covariance sites;
  • Establish standard operating procedures to ensure data quality assurance and control (QA/QC);
  • Integrate derived eddy covariance flux data into other ongoing projects of the Mazingira Centre;
  • Communicate findings to stakeholders, including researchers, press, ministries, livestock extension officers, farmers, donors, etc.;
  • Document the results and outputs of the research carried out in form of research reports;
  • Publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for agricultural and rangeland productivity, GHG emissions, and nutrient management;
  • Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research (including assistance in proposal writing) to address spatial and temporal variability of eddy covariance fluxes and upscaling;
  • Co-supervision of PhD and MSc students as well as guidance of research technicians.

Requirements

  • PhD in environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, environment and natural resources, or other relevant field;
  • Experience with eddy covariance flux measurements (setup, maintenance, data evaluation and processing procedures);
  • The ability to handle large datasets, data processing, and strong familiarity with statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab and/or python;
  • The ability to integrate different data streams within environmental science fields (continuous data streams, discontinuous data streams, experimental data etc.);
  • Knowledge on agricultural production systems in developing and/or developed countries is strongly preferred;
  • The ability to supervise and train research assistants and students, and provide necessary data quality control and assurance;
  • Capacity to contribute to research mobilization efforts, such as grant and proposal writing, etc.;
  • A background in remote sensing or modeling of nutrient and water cycles is desirable;
  • Working experience in developing countries;
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This is position is at job level HG 16 and it is open to both national and international applicants. The position is a two (2) year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical and other insurances.

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of PhD transcript, CV, and cover letter expressing their interest in the position and what they can bring to the job, as well as the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and experience. These documents should be sent to the Director, People and Organizational Development at ILRI before 26 May, 2021 by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above. The position title and reference number SLS/04/2021 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working with 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.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

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