JUNIOR MOLECULAR BIOLOGIST At International Potato Center

  1. Background

The Global Biotech Potato Partnership (GBPP) project is using genetic engineering of three late blight resistant genes, referred to 3 R-gene stack to provides durable resistance to the disease for existing popular varieties. The 3 R-gene late blight resistant (LBR) potato is intended to directly increase crop yields and cut reliance on fungicides by up to 90%, greatly reducing human and environmental health risks while providing a resilient solution to the disease.

The LBR potato achieves inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led growth by improving the lives of smallholder farmers, both women and men, through improved crop yields, reduced fungicide input costs, and reduced exposure to harmful chemicals. The project strengthens resilience among people and systems through improved crop management from seed to post-harvest storage. In addition, the health benefits of the LBR potato contribute to a well-nourished population, especially among women and children. The targeted preferred potatoes are table varieties, a key ingredient in economic daily family meal plans.

  1. Objective
  • Agrobacterium genetic transformation and selection on appropriate media
  • Molecular characterization of transgenic events by PCR, RTq-PCR, Southern blot, sequencing, and bioinformatics
  • Perform bio-assays using artificial infection of potato plants with local strains in the biosafety glasshouse and other biosafety approved facilities.
  • Plant care in the growth chambers, screen house and glasshouse
  1. Deliverables
  • Agrobacterium genetic transformation and selection
  • Molecular characterization of transgenic events.
  • Conduct bio-assays.
  • Final Report.
  1. Selection Criteria
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, biology, biochemistry, or plant pathology with strong skills in molecular biology.
  • At least 1 year of experience.
  • Experience in molecular and phenotypic characterization of transgenic plants preferably roots tubers or banana crops
  • Highly proficient in English (both spoken and written).
  1. Time frame
  • Consultancy contract will be for 70 days.

How to apply

Conditions: This is a national consultancy position limited to Kenya nationals and permits residents only.

Applications: 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 March 14, 2023, and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This consultant will not be in contact with children or vulnerable adults.

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

CIP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). CIP also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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