NGOs / Project Management / Research, teaching & training

Junior Research Assistant.

Full Time

The International Potato Center (CIP) was founded in 1971 as a research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato and andean roots and tubers. It delivers innovative science-based solutions to enhance access to affordable nutritious food, foster inclusive sustainable business and employment growth, and drive the climate resilience of root and tuber agri-food systems. Headquartered in Lima, Peru, CIP has a research presence in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Job Description
The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit a dynamic Junior Research Assistant to provide specialized operative support to contribute with the research project’s objectives and outcomes.

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

Key Responsibilities:

Execute operative work on Plant Regeneration and Plant Genetic transformation.
Support on general Plant Tissue Culture and Molecular Biology tasks.
Ensure plant care in the growth chambers, screen house and greenhouse.
Control and monitor the transition of tissue culture plants to Plant Growth Facility.
Execute daily measurement and weighment procedures to contribute with the experiments daily data base (record keeping).

Requirements
Selection Criteria

Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or Biotechnology with background in Tissue Culture.
At least 1 year experience in Plant Transformation and Tissue Culture preferably with roots, tubers or bananas.
Advanced level of MS Office.
Intermediate knowledge of database work.
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.

Benefits
What are we offering?

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

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