Thursday, May 15, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Cropping Systems Agronomist / Scientist
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seekS a scientist for the position of Cropping System Agronomist to work as a member of CIMMYT’s Global Conservation Agriculture Program, and to contribute to a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional team applying systems approaches for agricultural research.
The position will be based in Kenya (Nairobi), with the objective of exploring alternative cropping and farming systems for increased productivity, efficiency, resilience and adaptive capacity of smallholder farmers in that region.
Specific duties of this position include:
Work with the Project Coordinators and hub teams, as well as with the National Agricultural Research Systems and other key partners, to establish agronomic and mechanization trials and demonstrations, and provide advanced analyses to study the effects of sustainable intensification on system productivity, soil quality, water and nutrient use efficiency and pest and disease dynamics across the target area.
Contribute to field and farm modeling of long-term research results in southern Africa and through collaborative efforts with other farm simulation groups.
Help develop innovation systems focused on the adaption of sustainable intensification practices to the circumstances of small-scale, resource-constrained farmers in Eastern Africa and elsewhere.
Collaborate with CIMMYT international scientists to analyze farmers adaptation and use of new machineries and cropping practices.
Communicate research results to various audiences and in various forms, prepare technical reports, papers for publication and presentations of results of this research.
Provide practical training to researchers from national research programs and extension agents in the principles and practice of sustainable intensification as well as CA equipment and machinery.
Lead or contribute to the development of research proposals.
Deadline: June 6, 2014