Laboratory Technician at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)



Source Mwananchi,19th May 2016

Laboratory Technician
IITA- TZ-R4D-005/16-NRS-AR

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a member of a world- wide network of lnternational Agricultural Research Centers. IITA's research focuses on smallholder cropping systems in sub-Saharan Africa. IITA has a regional hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania which co-ordinates the work of the institute in East Africa.

To support this work, IITA is looking for a Laboratory Technician. This position is required to support the banana project that will be based at the IITA Office at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NMAIST) in Kijenge, Arusha.


The Laboratory Technician will perform the following duties among others:
• Sampling suckers and shoot tips of banana plants
• In vitro multiplication and regeneration of banana plants
• Embryo rescue and germination of embryos/seeds
• Prepare in-vitro media (stock solutions and working media)
• Chromosome doubling of diploid banana varieties .
• Transplant in vitro plants into the nursery and maintain the nursery
• Maintain excellent lob and nursery records
• Be responsible for the maintenance of lab equipment
• Keep the laboratory operations aseptically clean.
• Stock control by tracking the use of the lab consumables and supplies
• Assist the field assistant in planting in-vitro plants
• Report findings orally and in writing
• Other official duties as assigned by the banana breeder


Applications: Applications including curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, telephone number, email address, and names and addresses of two referees should be sent to the Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania, Plot No. 251. Mwenge - Coco-Cole Road, Mikocheni Industrial Area P.O. Box 34441, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or by email through

Applicants are requested to please indicate the reference number for the position as indicated on the heading of the announcement in your application as well as on the subject of your email if sending by email.

If sending by post or hand delivery, please indicate the reference number on your application as well as on the left hand side of your envelope. Please note 'that any applications without the reference indicated will be automatically disqualified.

Closing date: Two weeks from the date of advertisement appearing in the newspaper. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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