• International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Nairobi County, Kenya
  • Dec 05, 2017 - Dec 19, 2017
Contract Research

Job Description


  • Conduct agronomic, livestock productivity and greenhouse gas (GHG) measurements for different livestock systems in Sub-Saharan Africa to allow the quantification of system specific GHG fluxes within a livestock system and subsequently to develop mitigation options
  • Manage and maintain laboratory and field facilities, specifically the respiration chambers for measuring GHG emissions from ruminants, including training and supervision of staff and evaluation of data
  • Conduct laboratory scale, mesocosm parameterisation experiments to allow direct comparison of GHG emission potentials from manures and soils for different environmental conditions
  • Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for productivity, GHG and nutrient management; and contribute to other communication products (research briefs, policy briefs etc.)
  • Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research (including proposal writing) to address spatial and temporal variability of fluxes, and upscaling of mitigation options
  • Coordinate research projects that are carried out within the Mazingira Centre at ILRI
  • Provide ideas and initiate future research projects including grant writing/research mobilization
  • Supervision of PhD and MSc students


  • PhD in Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology or other relevant biophysical science discipline
  • At least 5 years post-doctoral experience
  • The ability to effectively communicate in a multicultural context, present findings to diverse audiences, and support facilitation of multi-stakeholder workshops
  • The ability to collaborate with scientists and technicians from other disciplines (biogeochemistry, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine etc.) in an interdisciplinary and multicultural team
  • In depth knowledge on smallholder livestock production systems in developing and developed countries
  • Experience with data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, Matlab or python
  • The ability to supervise and train research assistants, students and provide necessary data quality control and assurance
  • To contribute to research mobilization efforts
  • Excellent written and spoken English.