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JOB VACANCY Post-Doctoral Scientist Food Safety and Zoonosis / CCAFS Flagship 2 (closed)

Recruitment: Post-Doctoral Scientist Food Safety and Zoonosis / CCAFS Flagship 2

Position level: Post - Doctoral Scientist

Post location: The position will be based in Hanoi, Vietnam

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

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a post-doctoral Scientist to work in Vietnam and Laos. The scientist will report to a senior scientist in ILRI’s Food Safety and Zoonoses team. His or her role will be to coordinate the project activities to ensure a good integration of work components, to strengthen research activities of FSZ program on agriculture related diseases forecast and to generate research and other outputs. The scientist will lead ILRI’s work component and support other work of other partners, and co-ordinate the project.

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases.

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2014, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.ilri.org

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org


Coordination and administration

  • Ensure the coordination of a research for development project on climate-based forecasting of plant, animal and human disease
  • Planning implementing and reporting for the project
  • Communication and dissemination of outputs for project stakeholders


  • Lead a situational analysis on aflatoxins and compile information on other diseases
  • Analysis and co-authorship of risk maps and an associated publication on zoonotic diseases associated with comate
  • Implement research on developing in real time disease forecasts for Japanese encephalitis and leptospirosis
  • Design and implementation of impact assessment
  • Develop papers from research outputs


  • PhD in epidemiology, veterinary, environmental science, life science, public health or a related degree
  • Demonstrated skills in statistical analyses, field surveys, GIS, modelling, spatial analyses
  • Experience of working in multi- and trans-disciplinary teams
  • Experience in working in developing countries
  • Experience with sociology, participatory methods, gender analysis, impact assessment an advantage
  • No post-doctoral experience is required but coordination skills are expected
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken. Knowing other languages (in particular Vietnamese and Lao) is a plus but not a must
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently, sometimes to rural areas in developing countries

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive international and salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.*Benefits are tax free subject to compliance with tax regulations of country of citizenship.

Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae: a list of publications and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. The position title and reference number  FSZ / CCAFS/10/14 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.

All applications should be submitted through our recruitment portal, http://ilri.simplicant.com by 6 November 2014.

To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/