International Potato Center Consultant – Plant Pathology – Jobs in Kenya

Background
The Innovation Lab project on current and emerging threats to plant health is conducting research to develop improved management strategies for late blight, including decision support systems and population monitoring in Kenya and other countries.

In Kenya, a collection of late blight will be done from major growing areas, Phytophthora infestans isolated, fungicide sensitivity assays performed, and DNA extracted from the isolates for genotyping.

Objective
Field Sampling of potato plant materials infected with late blight
Isolation of pure cultures of Phytophthora infestans
Molecular characterization using SSR markers and amplicon sequencing
Fungicide sensitivity assays

Deliverables
Field Sampling of potato plant materials infected with late blight
Isolation of pure culture of Phytophthora infestans
Molecular characterization using SSR markers and amplicon sequencing
Sensitivity test of isolates on resistance to fungicides

Selection Criteria

Bachelor’s degree in Plant pathology or molecular biology with background in plant pathology
At least 1 year of experience.
Experience in molecular plant pathology preferably with roots, tubers, or bananas.
Highly proficient in English (both spoken and written).

Time frame
Consultancy contract will be for 50 days.
How to apply

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 August 15, 2022, 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.

For more information and job application details, see; https://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/

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