Postdoctoral Fellow: Halo -Aquaculturist

Status
Closed
Posting Date
19 April 2021
Closing Date
open until filled
Location
Dubai, UAE
Report To
Halophyte Agronomist
Vacancy Type
Full-time
Job Number
ICBA-DP-DXB-2021-001

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture(ICBA) is an international, non-profit agricultural research center established in 1999 through the visionary leadership of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ICBA is a unique applied agricultural research center in the world that is focused on marginal areas where an estimated 1.7 billion people live. It identifies, tests and introduces resource-efficient, climate-smart crops and technologies that are best suited to different regions affected by salinity, water scarcity and drought. Through its work, ICBA helps to improve food security and livelihoods for some of the poorest rural communities around the world. ICBA is an equal opportunity employer and appoints qualified staff regardless of race, creed, color, age, gender, religion or national origin. We demonstrate our commitment to each member of our team through a competitive benefits package designed to assist our employees to cover their needs and the needs of their immediate family members.

Job Summary

Conduct applied research on halophytic crops directed for food, feed, biofuel and other innovative uses under marginal environments using low-quality water resources such as saline groundwater, seawater, aquaculture effluents and reject brine from desalination. Additionally, the expert will work on Integrated Agri- Aquaculture Systems where the fish and halophytic components are combined to maximize the recycling of water and nutrients. The successful candidate will help to run the experiment on screening, evaluation and optimizing management practices for halophytes (Salicornia and other halophytic food and feed species) and fish production.

Job Responsibilities
  • Assist supervisor in planning, developing and implementing projects related to halophytic cropping systems in marginal environments
  • Supervise field experiments related to the optimization of the management practices for halophytes cultivation in consultation with the supervisor.
  • Quality seed production of the halophytic crops as per requirements.
  • Help supervisor to develop projects related to area of expertise and in line with ICBA’s mandate to seek internal and external funding support
  • Support supervisor to oversee all the aquaculture related activities for their mechanical functioning and proper management
  • Record, compile and analyze observations from the concerned research, and work to derive the meaningful results and inferences in consultation with supervisor
  • Assist to synthesize research results and inferences for publication of scientific reports and research papers in refereed journals
  • Assist in the preparation of ICBA publications, including the newsletter
  • Supervise field assistants and workers
  • Assist in the preparation of the budget for relevant research program under Directorate of Programs
  • Assist the stakeholders (farmers, researchers, extension officers and associated entrepreneurs) with technical backstopping
  • Any other assignment given by the supervisor in the interest of ICBA.
Qualifications and Experience

 

Essential

  • PhD in agronomy/haloculture/ aquaculture or equivalent from a recognized University
  • At least 2 years' post PhD experience in both halophytic and aquaculture production systems
  • Strong publications record in refereed journals
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • International work experience
  • Good communication, teamwork and writing skills

 

Desirable:

  • Working knowledge of statistics and database management
  • Additional language skills, Arabic is desirable
  • Supervisory experience
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