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  • Organization: CIP - International Potato Center
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Biology and Chemistry
  • Closing Date: 2018-12-21

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Associate Scientist - Molecular Biologist (18-92)

Nairobi (Kenya)

International Potato Center POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Ref.: 18-92 ASMB/GRS/SSA

Associate Scientist - Molecular Biologist The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a dynamic and innovative scientist with expertise in conducting research on genetic improvement of biotic resistance to design and implement biotechnology strategies to confer host resistance to multiple diseases of the potato. About the role

This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, and will report to the Game Changing Solutions Leader. The successful candidate will partner with expert teams both within and outside CIP from disciplines such as molecular biology, pathology, genomics and bioinformatics. The Scientist will contribute to the development of regulatory and stewardship activities related to biotech products. The Scientist will contribute to fund raising and lead a team of research scientists and technicians. Key responsibilities:

• Conduct research in potato to design and implement biotechnology strategies to confer host resistance to multiple diseases of the potato.

• Remain current on molecular biology including genome editing approaches amenable to crop improvement by participating in professional meetings and career development activities.

• Establish collaborative research initiatives to identify new genes contributing to disease resistance in potato.

• Identify and exploit useful novel techniques to speed up the processes of development and characterization of transgenic potatoes.

• Participate in field evaluations of the developed transgenic potatoes. • Design original research related to the institution program priorities to develop publications in peer-reviewed journals of international significance.

• Contribute to fund raising initiative by jointly developing research ideas, concept notes, and proposals with the relevant teams within CIP and with external partners. What are we looking for?

• PhD in in molecular biology or related fields.

• At least 4 years of international experience with genetically engineered plants, preferably

potato, and lab techniques such as: PCR, RT-PCR, Southern blotting, sub-cloning, genome sequencing and bioinformatics

• Good communication abilities to scientists and to the public.

• Track record of relevant scientific publications.

• Research experience in sub-Saharan Africa is an asset.

• Good capabilities to supervise and mentor young staff.

• Knowledge of project management. • Strong team player, self-motivated, goal-oriented and committed to shared goals. • Ability to work independently in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and multi-cultural environment.

• Commitment to work in a multi-partner, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.

• Excellent level in written and spoken English.

Why should you consider this opportunity?

• CIP is a global and reputable international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D background, and is a recent World Food Price Winner and awarded with the Al-

Sumait Award for our Orange Flesh Sweet Potato work in Africa.

• CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved nutrition and well-being, and gender equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing

world. CIP’s mission contributes to the SDGs: 1,2,3,5,8,13 and 15.

• CIP is a member of the CGIAR network of 15 research centers that are mostly located in

the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.

What are we offering?

• Good working environment

• Great career opportunity in an international organization.

• Salary will be internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with


• Comprehensive international insurance coverage.

• Attractive retirement plan.

• Three-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.

• Work in an equal and diverse workplace.

How to apply?

Visit the following link: and submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your references. Screening of applications will begin on December 21st, 2018 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from

developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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