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SENIOR SCIENTIST – REMOTE SENSING AND DROUGHT RISK

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake research to assess and improve climate risk financing instruments based on remote sensing data, with a specific focus on the Index-based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) products developed by ILRI.
  • Coordinate remote-sensing and risk modelling activities through contributions to contract design, risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, and analytic workflow/tools development.
  • Support the broader agenda of the LCSR on remote sensing applications for monitoring and assessment of agricultural and pastoral production systems in drylands.
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary and applied research program on resilience in drylands, investigating the link between climate change, climate security, rangeland productivity and livelihood impact.
  • Lead and contribute to project proposals and initiatives on climate risk financing and establish a portfolio of projects on the subject.
  • Lead and contribute to the engagement with institutional stakeholders, including high level government representatives, to inform about climate risk financing.
  • Support the capacity building of non-technical partners to improve their understanding of climate risk financing, remote sensing and index-based product design (e.g. manuals, e-learning activities).
  • Work with farmers and pastoralists, their representatives and other key stakeholders to improve uptake of some of the technologies/innovations developed under this program.
  • Develop a community of practice and maintain a strong presence in disaster risk financing fora and networks.
  • Support and lead the writing of journal articles and other communication products and proposals on the above topics.
  • Supervise research associates, post-doctoral fellows, PhD and MSc students on the above topics.

Requirements

  • A PhD in a relevant field such as geospatial sciences, spatial ecology, environmental sciences, or environmental economics
  • A minimum of seven years-experience post-PhD
  • An excellent knowledge of remote sensing and earth observation applications, demonstrated by scientific publications led by the candidate
  • A demonstrated academic and/or professional experience on climate risk financing and on instruments to build the resilience of smallholder farmers and livestock keepers, established by direct work experiences with international organizations
  • A good understanding of agropastoral and pastoral production systems In African drylands
  • Excellent quantitative research skills (experimental design, statistics, modelling, computer programming, etc.)
  • Strong peer-reviewed publication record
  • Proven ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with experience working in developing countries work across disciplines and different cultural backgrounds strongly preferred
  • Experience with supervision, project management and fund raising
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to communicate in French would be an advantage.

ILRI PHD GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP: FATE OF ANTIBIOTIC RESIDUES AND ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT BACTERIA IN LIVESTOCK MANURE AND THEIR EFFECTS ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND NUTRIENT CYCLING

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Responsibilities of the fellow:

  • Study decomposition rates and half lives of the most important antibiotics used in livestock production during simulated manure storage.
  • Measure GHG emissions (CH4, N2O, CO2) during manure storage and from manure applied to soils and how these emissions are affected by concentrations of antibiotic residues.
  • Measure leaching of nutrients, antibiotic residues, and antibiotic resistant bacteria from manure.
  • Evaluate the microbiome structure of livestock manure with and without antibiotic residues, and how microbial functionality is affected through changes in nutrient cycling processes (e.g., decomposition rates, respiration, nitrification/denitrification, methanogenesis/methane oxidation).
  • Test the influence of manure management interventions (e.g., covering, compacting, composting, biogas digestion, use of additives) on antibiotic residue concentrations and antibiotic resistance as well as fertilizer quality.
  • Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for antibiotic resistance transmission risks, livestock productivity, GHG and nutrient management.
  • Communicate findings to relevant stakeholders (ministries, extension officers, farmers, etc.).
  • Provide supervision and guidance to field support staff and research assistants.

Minimum requirements for the ideal candidate

  • MSc in Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, or any other relevant discipline.
  • Experience with GHG measurements, soil and water measurements, and environmental microbiology.
  • Knowledge on livestock production systems in developing countries.
  • Experience in handling diverse datasets, data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab or Python.
  • Ability to jointly work in a multinational team of scientists and technicians from other disciplines (biogeochemistry, agricultural sciences, social sciences, economics, veterinary medicine etc.).
  • Ability to apply necessary steps to ensure data quality assurance and data quality control.
  • Ability to supervise and guide research assistants and junior graduate students e.g., Bachelor or master’s level.
  • Excellent communication skills.

ILRI INTERNSHIP

Requirements:

Applicants must at the time of application meet the following requirements:

  1.   Be enrolled for an undergraduate university degree program, with at least one full semester to completion. Through strategic partnerships, ILRI also provides internship opportunities to students enrolled for diploma and certificate programs, as well as senior high school students.
  2.   Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  3.   Proficiency in English.
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Terms of appointment: ILRI offers a stipend to cover living expenses as well as insurance. 

SENIOR SCIENTIST – REMOTE SENSING AND DROUGHT RISK

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake research to assess and improve climate risk financing instruments based on remote sensing data, with a specific focus on the Index-based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) products developed by ILRI.
  • Coordinate remote-sensing and risk modelling activities through contributions to contract design, risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, and analytic workflow/tools development.
  • Support the broader agenda of the LCSR on remote sensing applications for monitoring and assessment of agricultural and pastoral production systems in drylands.
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary and applied research program on resilience in drylands, investigating the link between climate change, climate security, rangeland productivity and livelihood impact.
  • Lead and contribute to project proposals and initiatives on climate risk financing and establish a portfolio of projects on the subject.
  • Lead and contribute to the engagement with institutional stakeholders, including high level government representatives, to inform about climate risk financing.
  • Support the capacity building of non-technical partners to improve their understanding of climate risk financing, remote sensing and index-based product design (e.g. manuals, e-learning activities).
  • Work with farmers and pastoralists, their representatives and other key stakeholders to improve uptake of some of the technologies/innovations developed under this program.
  • Develop a community of practice and maintain a strong presence in disaster risk financing fora and networks.
  • Support and lead the writing of journal articles and other communication products and proposals on the above topics.
  • Supervise research associates, post-doctoral fellows, PhD and MSc students on the above topics.

Requirements

  • A PhD in a relevant field such as geospatial sciences, spatial ecology, environmental sciences, or environmental economics
  • A minimum of seven years-experience post-PhD
  • An excellent knowledge of remote sensing and earth observation applications, demonstrated by scientific publications led by the candidate
  • A demonstrated academic and/or professional experience on climate risk financing and on instruments to build the resilience of smallholder farmers and livestock keepers, established by direct work experiences with international organizations
  • A good understanding of agropastoral and pastoral production systems In African drylands
  • Excellent quantitative research skills (experimental design, statistics, modelling, computer programming, etc.)
  • Strong peer-reviewed publication record
  • Proven ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with experience working in developing countries work across disciplines and different cultural backgrounds strongly preferred
  • Experience with supervision, project management and fund raising
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to communicate in French would be an advantage.

ILRI PHD GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP: FATE OF ANTIBIOTIC RESIDUES AND ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT BACTERIA IN LIVESTOCK MANURE AND THEIR EFFECTS ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND NUTRIENT CYCLING

Responsibilities of the fellow:

  • Study decomposition rates and half lives of the most important antibiotics used in livestock production during simulated manure storage.
  • Measure GHG emissions (CH4, N2O, CO2) during manure storage and from manure applied to soils and how these emissions are affected by concentrations of antibiotic residues.
  • Measure leaching of nutrients, antibiotic residues, and antibiotic resistant bacteria from manure.
  • Evaluate the microbiome structure of livestock manure with and without antibiotic residues, and how microbial functionality is affected through changes in nutrient cycling processes (e.g., decomposition rates, respiration, nitrification/denitrification, methanogenesis/methane oxidation).
  • Test the influence of manure management interventions (e.g., covering, compacting, composting, biogas digestion, use of additives) on antibiotic residue concentrations and antibiotic resistance as well as fertilizer quality.
  • Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for antibiotic resistance transmission risks, livestock productivity, GHG and nutrient management.
  • Communicate findings to relevant stakeholders (ministries, extension officers, farmers, etc.).
  • Provide supervision and guidance to field support staff and research assistants.

Minimum requirements for the ideal candidate

  • MSc in Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, or any other relevant discipline.
  • Experience with GHG measurements, soil and water measurements, and environmental microbiology.
  • Knowledge on livestock production systems in developing countries.
  • Experience in handling diverse datasets, data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab or Python.
  • Ability to jointly work in a multinational team of scientists and technicians from other disciplines (biogeochemistry, agricultural sciences, social sciences, economics, veterinary medicine etc.).
  • Ability to apply necessary steps to ensure data quality assurance and data quality control.
  • Ability to supervise and guide research assistants and junior graduate students e.g., Bachelor or master’s level.
  • Excellent communication skills.

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