Research Entomologist – Zimbabwe Sugar Association Experiment Station [Z.S.A.E.S.]

Research Entomologist – Zimbabwe Sugar Association Experiment Station [Z.S.A.E.S.]

We seek to fill a vacant post of RESEARCH ENTOMOLOGIST in the Department of Plant Protection.

Duties And Responsibilities
The Job:
The Entomologist will establish, in consultation with the Director of the Experiment Station, innovative and scientific research programs designed to increase our understanding of the incidence, biology, ecology, economic implications, and sustainable management of insect pests in sugarcane while ensuring sustainability in sugarcane production, land and the environment.

Additional duties include technology transfer in the form of on- and off-Station demonstrations, extension and presentations during sugarcane Field Days, Seminars and Road Shows. Provide advice and technical assistance on all entomological concerns to colleagues at the Station and to research scholars, cane growers and other stakeholders. Provide pertinent information and training to technical and research support staff, scientists and cane growers on issues such as insect identification and detection, as well as control procedures using bulletins. Establish effective and harmonious work relationships with colleagues at the ZSAES; manage, train and supervise technical staff and research support staff in Plant Protection and at the Station. Establish and maintain relationships with appropriate stakeholders in order to promote exchange of information and ideas on sugarcane insect pests.

Key Performance Areas:
Biology, Ecology, Damage Symptoms and Economic Implications of Current and Potential Pests of Sugarcane;
Pest Management Strategies and Practices, which are EnvironmentallyAcceptable;
Plant Choice Mechanisms by Insect Pests, Beneficial Insects (Parasitoids, Predators) and otherArthropods;
Timely and Accurate Data and Information on Sugarcane Pests and their Management and Transferred Technology;
Prudently Managed Financial and Human Resources;
ASafe Working Environment in Plant Protection;

Qualifications And Experience
A minimum of a Master’s degree in Entomology or Ecology; plus a minimum of four years working experience on insect pests in a research environment are a must. The Bachelor’s degree must have been in Biological Sciences or Zoology or Agriculture with some courses in Entomology. A Ph.D. degree in Entomology with a strong background in experimental design and biostatistics will be an added advantage. Other attributes include: ability to perform taxonomic and curatorial tasks; proficiency in identifying insects; knowledge of a variety of laboratory and field analytical methods as well as pest control techniques; ability to interact with other professionals in a manner that promotes collegiality; ability to lead cross functional teams in a timeline driven environment; computer literacy; ability to effectively plan, organize work, lead and supervise technical and research support staff; integrity, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity and judgment, tact, and a clean Class 4 driver’s license.

To Apply
Only candidates who meet all minimum qualifications should submit their applications before 30th April 2020, together with detailed curriculum vitae [CV], certified copies of certificates and transcripts, as well as names and full addresses [including e-mails] plus telephone numbers of three referees to:
The Director,
Zimbabwe Sugar Association Experiment Station, P. Bag 7006,
OR [email protected]
Only short listed candidates will be contacted and invited for interviews.
The Zimbabwe Sugar Association Experiment Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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