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Job Description

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking to recruit a dynamic and experienced Research Technician I to provide support to CIP’s regional germplasm management activities conducted in collaboration with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS).

The Position

The Research Technician I will be based at KEPHIS Plant Quarantine and Biosecurity Station, Muguga, Nairobi, Kenya and will provide operative support in the lab, screenhouse and management of the germplasm acquisition database and ordering platform. This position will report to the Research Assistant.

Key Responsibilities:

Support Tissue Culture Lab Operations

  •         Cleaning and sterilization of laboratory and laboratory apparatus.
  •         Preparation of plant growth medium (MS).
  •         Initiation of Ipomoea batatas explants into growth medium.
  •         Subculture and multiplication of in vitro Ipomoea batatas.
  •         Culture maintenance of in vitro Ipomoea batatas in the growth rooms.
  •         Meristem-tip culture of infected Ipomoea batatas following virus screening.
  •         Multiplication of received clones and preparing them for distribution.

Conduct Greenhouse Maintenance and Multiplications of materials

  •         Hardening sweet potato plantlets from the tissue culture lab.
  •         Rapid multiplication of disease-free varieties in the screen house.
  •         Green house maintenance including cleaning, weeding, watering, spraying, disinfecting, inspecting greenhouse integrity and monitoring for disease.
  •         Developing effective fertilizer and herbicide programs.
  •         Identifying infected plants and preventing transmission.

Support on ICT Activities

  •         Digitizing the physical records of all the sweet potato germplasm at Muguga Station.
  •         Integrating the germplasm details, including passport data, from various databases and catalogues for importation into the new database.
  •         Preparing and printing of the new field and lab labels with the updated data.
  •         Testing and backend management of the new germplasm ordering platform.
  •         Preparing orders made on the germplasm ordering platform.
  •         Basic maintenance of office computer hardware and software.


Selection Criteria

  • Technical studies in laboratory. Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology is a plus
  • At least 1 year of experience required in similar position
  • Knowledge of tissue culture and greenhouse production of sweetpotato
  • Knowledge of data collection and content creation
  • Fluent written and oral communication skills in English and Kiswahili
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Strong client service orientation and displaying a good-natured cooperative attitude with internal and external clients


What are we offering?

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

What are the conditions?

The position is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position limited to Kenya nationals and permanent residents only. The employment contract will be for six (06) months (with a 3-month probation period) possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funding.

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