Research Assistant at International Potato Center

Job Description

The International Potato Center, known by its Spanish acronym CIP, was founded in 1971 as a root and tuber research-for-development institution delivering sustainable solutions to the pressing world problems of hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources. CIP is truly a global center, with headquarters in Lima, Peru and offices in 20 developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Working closely with our partners, CIP seeks to achieve food security, increased well-being, and gender equity for poor people in the developing world. CIP furthers its mission through rigorous research, innovation in science and technology, and capacity strengthening regarding root and tuber farming and food systems. CIP is part of the CGIAR Consortium, a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. Donors include individual countries, major foundations, and international entities.

Job Summary

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit a dynamic and experience Research Assistant to provide support to the Global Biotech Potato Partnership project.

The Position: The Research Assistant will be based in Nairobi-Kenya and will report to the Associate Scientist – Molecular Biologist.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop gene constructs, validation, and transfer into E.coli and Agrobacterium.
  • Support on agrobacterium genetic transformation and selection on appropriate media.
  • Molecular characterization of transgenic events by PCR, RTq-PCR, Southern blot, sequencing, and bioinformatics.
  • Support on isolation and maintenance of potato pathogens.
  • Perform bio-assays using artificial infection of potato plants with local strains in the biosafety glasshouse and other biosafety approved facilities.
  • Ensure plant care in the growth chambers, screen house and glasshouse.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, Biology, Biochemistry or Plant Pathology with strong skills in Molecular Biology.
  • At least 03 years’ experience in molecular biology, genetic transformation, and plant tissue culture preferably with roots, tubers or banana crops
  • Knowledge of experimental design, planning and managing lab, greenhouse and field experiments.
  • Advanced level of MS Office.
  • Advanced knowledge of database work.
  • Advanced statistical research analysis.
  • Fluent in Kiswahili.
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Hard working with ability to handle multiple work activities in an effective manner.


What are we offering?

  • Excellent working environment.
  • Generous compensation package commensurate with experience.
  • Work in an equal and diverse workplace.

What are the conditions?

The position is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position limited to Kenya nationals and permanent residents only. The employment contract will be for one (01) year (with a 3-month probation period) possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funding.

How to Apply

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Closing Date : 20 October. 2021

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