Associate Scientist - Molecular Biologist

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Company:International Potato Centre
Job Type:Permanent

Job details

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.



  • 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.



  • Good working environment 
  • Great career opportunity in an international organization.
  • Salary will be internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience. 
  • Comprehensive international insurance coverage.
  • Attractive retirement plan. 
  • Three-year term contract with the possibility of renewal. 
  • Work in an equal and diverse workplace.





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