Greenhouse Gases Emissions

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Scientist – Greenhouse Gases Emissions to join the environmental research team in the Sustainable Livestock Program.  This is in light of increasing demands from the Livestock CRP and CCAFS to measure greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, predominantly but not exclusively smallholder livestock systems.  The scientist will work at the “Mazingira” Centre, ILRI’s state-of-the-art environmental research laboratory, unique in Africa (

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.


  • Conduct agronomic, livestock productivity and greenhouse gas (GHG) measurements for different land use systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to allow the quantification of system specific GHG fluxes and subsequently to develop reliable mitigation options;
  • Manage and maintain laboratory and field facilities, specifically automatic soil GHG chambers, laser absorption spectrometers included in various setups (i.e. animal respiration chambers, eddy covariance etc.) to quantify GHG emissions from ruminants, soil, vegetation, manure and whole ecosystems;
  • Training and supervision of staff;
  • Quality control and quality assurance of the collected data;
  • Conduct laboratory scale, mesocosm parameterisation experiments to allow direct comparison of GHG emission potentials from manures and soils for different environmental conditions;
  • Write scientific papers and prepare conference/workshop presentations describing results and their implications for productivity, GHG and nutrient management; and contribute to other communication products (research briefs, policy briefs, stakeholder meetings etc.);
  • Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research (including proposal writing) to address environmental aspects of agricultural productions systems that do not compromise food security.


  • PhD in nutrient cycling in agroecosystems, agronomy, geo-ecology, environmental sciences or related fields
  • Considerable practical knowledge of techniques and experience with equipment used in the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from terrestrial ecosystems, experience with the eddy covariance technique is beneficial
  • knowledge of chemical analysis of environmental samples (soil and plant analysis) is an asset
  • Ability to effectively manage, visualize and analyse (statistics) large datasets using standard programming languages (i.e. R, python etc.)

Post location: The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position level: The position level is 4C.

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

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal on or before 30 June 2017. The position title and reference number SLS/05/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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