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  • Organization: International Potato Center
  • Location: La Molina
  • Grade: Level not specified
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  • Closing Date: 2019-07-01

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Quantitative Geneticist – Post Doc (19-71)

La Molina (Peru)

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a highly motivated Quantitative Geneticist (Post Doc) to work with us on the development of genomic selection (GS) breeding scheme for tetraploid potato aimed at increasing the genetic gain in CIP global potato breeding program. 


The position: This position will be based in Lima, Peru and will report to the molecular breeding group leader and will interact with the breeding program globally. The successful candidate should have the interest to work in autopolyploid species and willingness to travel within the developing countries where CIP breeding program has a presence globally.  

Key responsibilities:

  • Optimize allele dosage calling from molecular marker data for tetraploid potato.
  • Contribute to the development of a data analysis and management system for autopolyploid crops.
  • Develop GS model for tetraploid potato using already existing phenotypic data from the breeding program.

What are we looking for?

  • PhD degree in Plant Breeding, Quantitative Genetics or equivalent with significant experience in field based applied breeding.
  • Experience in quantitative genetics and good understanding of genomic selection for complex traits
  • Interest to work in autopolyploid crops.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle large phenotypic and genotypic datasets.
  • Experience in bioinformatics and method development in quantitative genetics.
  • Interest and ability to work to work in a multidisciplinary environment and collaborate with research teams from developing countries.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationships skills and teamwork orientation.
  • Excellent written and spoken English with working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.

Why should you consider this opportunity?


  • CIP is an international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D background.
  • CIP is a recent World Food Price Winner, and CIP has been recently awarded 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 is a member of the CGIAR, a 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?

  • Great career opportunity in an international organization.
  • Generous compensation package commensurate with experience.
  • One-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.
  • Work in an equal and diverse workplace.


How to apply?

Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (https://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/), including a letter of motivation, a full C.V. with the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Screening of applications will begin on July 01, 2019 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

How to apply?

Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (https://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/), including a letter of motivation, a full C.V. with the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Screening of applications will begin on July 01, 2019 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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