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Head Of Behavioural & Chemical Ecology Unit

Closing: Jul 11, 2024

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Published: Jun 21, 2024 (2 months ago)

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  • To provide research and programmatic leadership to the Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit.
  • Coordinate and promote the broad field of chemical ecology through an interdisciplinary research approach across icipe’s 4-H Themes and within the framework of One Health.
  •  To maintain a portfolio of research that is aligned with icipe’s strategic goals.
  •  To undertake research of the highest quality through partnerships, within, nationally, regionally and internationally.
  •  To facilitate new initiatives and opportunities in chemical ecology through resource mobilisation.
  •  To build capacity through the training of the next generation of globally competitive scientists.
  •  To disseminate research findings through high level publications and presentations at scientific/technical meetings.

Requirements/Qualifications

  •  PhD in Chemistry from a reputable university, with a strong background in organic chemistry or related sciences but preferably with expertise in Chemical Ecology plus appropriate or additional education in organic spectroscopy.
  •  Ten (10) years’ experience gained at a senior level in either a research organization or university.
  •  Track-record in chemical ecology and interdisciplinary research in tropical insect science.

Other desirable attributes

  •  Excellent publication track record.
  •  Track record of writing successful proposals for large grants.
  •  Proven record of managing large resources (both financial and human) in a research environment.
  •  Experience in capacity building through supervision and mentorship of MSc and PhD students.
  •  Excellent communication skills are mandatory.
  •  Track record of exemplary leadership qualities are essential.
  •  High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation.

Reporting

  • This position reports to the Head of Capacity Building and Integrated Sciences.


Responsibilities
  • To provide research and programmatic leadership to the Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit.
  • Coordinate and promote the broad field of chemical ecology through an interdisciplinary research approach across icipe’s 4-H Themes and within the framework of One Health.
  •  To maintain a portfolio of research that is aligned with icipe’s strategic goals.
  •  To undertake research of the highest quality through partnerships, within, nationally, regionally and internationally.
  •  To facilitate new initiatives and opportunities in chemical ecology through resource mobilisation.
  •  To build capacity through the training of the next generation of globally competitive scientists.
  •  To disseminate research findings through high level publications and presentations at scientific/technical meetings.

Requirements/Qualifications

  •  PhD in Chemistry from a reputable university, with a strong background in organic chemistry or related sciences but preferably with expertise in Chemical Ecology plus appropriate or additional education in organic spectroscopy.
  •  Ten (10) years’ experience gained at a senior level in either a research organization or university.
  •  Track-record in chemical ecology and interdisciplinary research in tropical insect science.

Other desirable attributes

  •  Excellent publication track record.
  •  Track record of writing successful proposals for large grants.
  •  Proven record of managing large resources (both financial and human) in a research environment.
  •  Experience in capacity building through supervision and mentorship of MSc and PhD students.
  •  Excellent communication skills are mandatory.
  •  Track record of exemplary leadership qualities are essential.
  •  High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation.

Reporting

  • This position reports to the Head of Capacity Building and Integrated Sciences.


Specific Duties:

  • Contributes to Centre’s efforts to engage with global stakeholders in research and capacity building.
  •  Manages human, fiscal and physical resources of the Unit.
  •  Conducts research to develop semiochemical-based management tools for improved food production, animal and human health.
  •  Conducts research to promote use of beneficial organisms that conserve biodiversity.
  •  Actively seek and secure external support for the activities of the Unit, including resources to develop and grow a personal research portfolio.
  •  Enhance scientific productivity of the Unit through mentoring and supervising scientists, postgraduate students, and high-quality publications.
  •  Initiate periodic reviews of the performance of the Unit to ensure relevance and quality.
  •  Act as a spokesperson and representative of the Unit.
  •  Ensure the Unit meets its legal and reporting responsibilities to all stakeholders including national licensing authorities and donors.


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