Biometrician / Statistician

Biometrician / Statistician
Bouaké, Côte D’Ivoire

Ref:  IRS/APS/RD/2019/05

AfricaRice is seeking for a highly motivated and qualified Biometrician/Statistician. S/He will report to the Director of Research for Development of AfricaRice and will be based at M’Bé Research Station near Bouaké in the Central Region of Côte d’Ivoire.

About AfricaRice

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is a leading pan-African rice research organization committed to improving livelihoods in Africa through strong science and effective partnerships.  AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium. It is also an intergovernmental association of 28 African member countries, with Headquarters in Côte d’Ivoire.


The Biometrician/Statistician will lead all activities related to Data Integration and Biometrics (DIB) for AfricaRice. S/He will be part of a multi-disciplinary research team working to sustain and improve the productivity of rice-based systems in Africa in line with AfricaRice’s mission and mandate.


Under the supervision of the Director of Research for Development, the Biometrician/Statistician will be responsible of the following activities:

  • Implement state-of-the-art experimental designs and data analysis methods (e.g. generalized mixed-models and multivariate analyses) in AfricaRice’s breeding, agronomic, and social science research programs to improve productivity and food security
  • Manage the databases of AfricaRice
  • Contribute to statistical genetic analyses integrating genomic and phenotypic data
  • Provide training in statistical methods and applications to AfricaRice and partner scientists
  • Publish scientific articles in refereed journals documenting research advances
  • Develop research in applied statistical methodology to enhance the efficiency of AfricaRice’s agricultural research in collaboration with AfricaRice and partner scientists
  • Develop and maintain scripts and statistics tools for use in data analyses
  • Contribute to resource mobilizations.


The selected candidate should possess:


  • PhD in statistics, biometrics or biometrical genetics.

Work experience

  • A minimum of three (03) years of experience in one or more of the following areas: statistical analysis, experimental design, mixed linear models, analysis of molecular data, machine learning
  • An extensive successful experience in biometrics and statistical analyses, consulting and training in relation to plant breeding and agricultural research.

Knowledge and key competencies

  • Excellent statistical computing skills, including proficiency in SAS, ASReml, and R
  • Computer programming experience (e.g. C, C++, Python) would be advantageous
  • A good understanding of quantitative and population genetics is desirable
  • Experience in teaching applied statistics
  • Experience in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative team environment
  • Desire and ability to work respectfully and inclusively in a diverse, multicultural, multidisciplinary work environment
  • The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Teamwork, Collaboration, Innovation and Creativity, Strategic Thinking, Flexibility/Adaptability.


  • Fluency (oral and written) in either English or French with a good working knowledge of French.

Terms and Conditions

  • This is an internationally recruited position
  • AfricaRice provides an attractive international salary and benefits package and a collegial and gender‐sensitive working environment
  • The initial appointment is for three (03) years with the possibility for renewal under funds availability
  • Only online applications will be considered (If you encounter any technical issue on the career site during your application, or you are prevented to proceed with your application until its final completion: Please kindly revert to us along with the screenshot of the issue through this email: Applications are not allowed through this email.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To Apply click on this following link:  and follow these below instructions:

  1. Create an account if you are a new user, if not log on with your credentials to access your account
  2. Select “Biometrician/Statistician”
  3. Follow the step by step application.

Not later than December 05, 2019.


AfricaRice promotes equal opportunities and believes that the diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.
We thank all candidates, but remember that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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