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Research Supervisor (Tissue Culture) at IITA

IITA is one of the world’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Its award-winning research-for-development (R4D) approach addresses the development needs of tropical countries. IITA works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture. IITA is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 in Nigeria and governed by a Board of Trustees. IITA works on the following crops: cowpea, soybean, banana/plantain, yam, cassava, and maize. It is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.



  • HND/BSc in Agriculture, Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, Biochemistry or related courses with at least two (2) years’ relevant experience performing similar role.



  • Have good knowledge of contamination reduction strategies, including cleanliness and familiarity with aseptic and safe tissue culture laboratory practices.
  • Have good knowledge on use of computer for data reporting;
  • Be ready to work in a team and have a good sense of interpersonal relationship.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in production of quarterly predetermined number of plantlets through rapid propagation from yam explants using conventional tissue culture;
  • Assist in production of predetermined minimum number of virus-free clean stock plantlets of at least 3 varieties in the first 6 months and subsequently on a bi-monthly basis, including documentation on their certification using approved protocols;
  • Assist in maintenance of aseptic tissue culture conditions and ensuring minimum contamination in cultures;
  • Report on plantlets of selected yam varieties produced using bar code labeling;
  • Assist in submission of monthly report and populating the online high ratio propagation database on the details of seed yam produced including genotype, quantity, age, cycle number and disease status;
  • Assist in submission of documentation on flow of plantlets to end users monthly;
  • Assist in daily and weekly report on the functioning of the conventional tissue culture facilities;
  • Report any malfunction of materials and equipment;



  • We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

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