Post Doctoral Scientist – Ruminant Nutrition & Enteric Methane Emissions

Science and Research


Post Doctoral Scientist – Ruminant Nutrition & Enteric Methane Emissions

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Employment Type: Full-time

Organization: Sustainable Livestock Systems Program (SLS) at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Introduction to ILRI:

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is at the forefront of improving food and nutritional security, as well as reducing poverty in developing countries through innovative research focused on efficient, safe, and sustainable livestock practices. As one of the 15 CGIAR research centers, ILRI is uniquely dedicated to advancing animal agriculture research specifically tailored to the needs of the developing world. With offices and projects across East, South, and Southeast Asia, as well as Central, East, Southern, and West Africa, ILRI aims to make a lasting impact on global food systems. Learn more about us at ILRI’s website.

Position Overview:

ILRI is seeking a dynamic and dedicated Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in Ruminant Nutrition, particularly with a focus on enteric methane emissions. This position, based at the Mazingira Centre in Nairobi, offers an exciting opportunity to join a multidisciplinary team at the forefront of sustainable livestock research in Sub-Saharan Africa. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in advancing our understanding of greenhouse gas emissions in ruminant systems and developing innovative strategies to mitigate these emissions while enhancing animal productivity.

Key Responsibilities:

Study of Enteric Methane Emissions and Nutrient Flows:

  • Conduct comprehensive studies on enteric methane emissions in ruminant systems through controlled animal experiments.
  • Design and analyze animal experiments aimed at understanding enteric emissions in African ruminant systems.

Research Dissemination:

  • Write and publish scientific papers in reputable journals.
  • Prepare presentations for conferences and workshops.
  • Develop communication products such as research briefs and policy briefs to convey research findings effectively.

Contribution to Future Research Initiatives:

  • Initiate and contribute to future research projects.
  • Engage in grant and proposal writing to secure funding for research activities.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration:

  • Collaborate with experts from diverse fields including biogeochemistry, modeling, social sciences, and gender studies.
  • Share research results with the interdisciplinary team to foster knowledge exchange and innovation.

Supervision and Mentorship:

  • Co-supervise PhD and MSc students, providing guidance in their research endeavors.
  • Mentor research technicians involved in the project.


  • PhD in Ruminant Nutrition, Animal Physiology, or a related discipline, with a focus on enteric methane emissions.
  • Demonstrated experience in studying enteric methane emissions through controlled animal experiments.
  • Strong track record of designing, conducting, and analyzing animal experiments.
  • Proven ability to publish scientific papers and present research findings effectively.
  • Experience in grant and proposal writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Understanding of smallholder livestock production systems in developing countries, preferably in East Africa.
  • Proficiency in Swahili or French is advantageous.

Terms of Appointment:

This is a full-time position at job level HG 16, open to both national and international applicants. The initial contract is for two (2) years, renewable based on performance and funding availability. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including medical and other insurances.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV through our recruitment portal by clicking on the “Apply Now” button. The position will remain open until filled, with application reviews starting on April 1. Please include the position title (Post Doctoral Scientist – Ruminant Nutrition & Enteric Methane Emissions) and reference number (SLS/1297/2024) in the subject line of your application.




ILRI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner. We are an equal employer and do not charge any application/recruitment fees, whether refundable or not. We wish all applicants the best in their career endeavors.

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