Job Title: Statistical Geneticist
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Employer: International Livestock Research Institute
Job Location: Nairobi
Closing Date: 24/02/2018
Job Description:

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Statistical Geneticist to support the genetic and genomic evaluation systems and development of genomic tools in collaboration with national and regional livestock and chicken breeding programs in developing countries.

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.


  • Contribute to the coordination of field data collection and feedback activities; working closely with both national and international research and development partners
  • Contribute to the assessment and testing of innovative approaches to livestock genetic improvement that can deliver substantial improvements to poor farmers in low-input environments and a developing country setting
  • Support genetic and genomic evaluation systems and development of genomic tools in collaboration with national and regional breeding programs
  • Contribute to the development of new research proposals and /building/reviewing of databases for ruminant and poultry livestock performance recording, monitoring and farmer feedback for use in developing countries
  • Develop tools and guidelines around topical issues affecting AnGR improvement, utilization and development in developing countries based on the data generated and the learnings from on-going projects
  • Publish research results in peer- reviewed journals, conference proceedings or other public media
  • Supervise MSc and PhD students from different countries on relevant topics
  • Support team members in training partners in statistical analyses as part of capacity strengthening of the national and regional breeding programs, especially in data analyses and genomic breeding value predictions
  • Coordinate and facilitate scientific exchanges with partners from both developed and     developing countries to enhance practical skills in improved dairy cattle and enhanced utilization of other livestock species, especially sheep, goats and chickens under low input commercial settings
  • Contribute to the communication of related livestock genetics and breeding program work at ILRI work, e.g. through preparation of ILRI publications such as working papers, policy briefs, technical reports, journal publications, conference papers and presentations at relevant fora
  • Contribute to the running of workshops and meetings for specific projects (ILRI-UNE, SRUC, ADGG, ACGG AVCD)
  • Establish and maintain professional contacts, and interact with both national and international officials and experts, other researchers, international organizations, development partners, and stakeholders in area of livestock genetic improvement.
  • Contributing to the organization of conferences, seminars, and workshops organized or co-organized by the research team and program.
  • Participate in relevant institutional committees


  • 3 years post-doctoral experience Genetics and Genomics
  • Strong capabilities in quantitative analysis, with demonstrated experience in mixed model methodologies (especially experience with the use of ASREML), genomic selection and general application of molecular information (genomic tools) in practical animal breeding
  • Proficiency in at least one statistical package, such as SAS, R or GenStat and in livestock database design, management and use
  • Familiarity with approaches to achieve data integration, interoperability and visualization;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate research results in the form of reports or scientific publications
  • A good track record of scientific publications and resource mobilization
  • Demonstrated ability to work in team, network, prioritize, deliver under pressure and within set deadlines
  • Evidence of excellent written and spoken English
  • Experience in managing field and data analytics teams

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

Position level: The position level is 4C.

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job 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 through our recruitment portal on or before 24 February 2018. The position title and reference number GS/12/2017 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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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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