International Potato Center Junior Molecular Biologist Jobs in Kenya

International Potato Center Junior Molecular Biologist Jobs in Kenya


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.


  • 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


  • Agrobacterium genetic transformation and selection

  • Molecular characterization of transgenic events.

  • Conduct bio-assays.

  • Final Report.

    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).

    Time frame

    Consultancy contract will be for 70 days.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; International Potato Center Junior Molecular Biologist Jobs in Kenya

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