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Scholarship Opportunities || Kutsaga


DUE: 07 OCT 2023

(i.) INDUSTRIALHEMP (C. sativa L.) x1
(ii.) IRISH POTATO(S. tuberosum)x1

Kutsaga Research is a center of research excellence in crops. We are currently seeking two highly motivated and research-oriented individuals to join our team as Ph.D. candidates specializing in Industrial Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) and Irish Potato (Solanum tuberosum) research. Kutsaga Research is renowned for its state-of-the-art research equipment, laboratories, and a team of highly qualiöed and experienced researchers. As part of our commitment to national development, we actively contribute to the national development strategy (NDS 1) by focusing on training and capacity development initiatives. We partner with local universities to provide training and mentorship to young scientists and concentrate on
national research priorities.

1. Introduction of exotic industrial hemp germplasm for commercial production in Zimbabwe -The selected student will be registered with the University of Zimbabwe.
2. Characterization and Evaluation of 30 Irish Potato Lines for Yield and Quality in Zimbabwe -The selected students will be registered with Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.

1. Design and execute research experiments to investigate various aspects of Industrial
Hemp and Irish Potato production, including physiology, genetics, breeding, cultivation techniques, nutrient management, pest and disease control, and post-harvest handling.
2. Collaborate with fellow researchers, and industry stakeholders to exchange knowledge, share öndings, and contribute to collaborative research projects and ultimately to NDS1.

Aspiring candidates should possess the following attributes:

Hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Agriculture, Plant Science, Horticulture, or a related field OR possess the necessary academic credentials to undertake the aforementioned studies at the designated institutions.
Possess strong knowledge and practical experience in agronomy, crop physiology, genetics, cultivation techniques, and sustainable production practices.
Demonstrate proficiency in research methodologies, experimental design, statistical analysis, and data
Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
A deep passion for innovation and discovery in the field of agriculture. Be 28 years of age or below.
Display a strong zeal to translate basic research into commercial products and services.

In return, Kutsaga will pay a competitive stipend and provide resources for the study. All studies will be supported for a period not exceeding 3.5 years (42 months).
At Kutsaga, we believe in inclusivity and strive to promote equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background or experience. We encourage all candidates to apply, regardless of their race, gender, or any other personal characteristic. We will select the best candidate based solely on their individual merit.


Interested candidates should send their detailed Curriculum Vitae and a concept note of not more than 7 pages, with the intended area of study clearly marked, to the Human Resources on: before midnight
Saturday 07 October 2023.