Senior Research Associate

International Potato Center ( CIP )

The International Potato Center is a research facility based in Lima, Peru, that seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security on a sustained basis in developing countries through scientific research

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Vacancy title:Senior Research Associate

Deadline of this Job:09 May 2021  


About Us
The International Potato Center (CIP) is looking for a Senior Research Associate with experience in NIRS to provide guidance to the quality and nutrition breeding in potato and sweetpotato areas. NIRS is important in all CIP sweetpotato breeding programs in Africa and in Peru, and the calibrations need to be transferred across the programs. One of the most important tasks is to keep all NIRS up to date, bringing the spectra together and doing a global annual update.
The Position:
The selected candidate will be based in Uganda, Kampala. He/she will work closely with the sweetpotato and potato breeders in CIP breeding programs and will report to the Quality and Nutrition Expert in Lima, Peru. .

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the annual calibration of NIRS and XRF machines.
  • Develop and implement novel assays for additional breeding targets as needed.
  • Provide annual trainings and capacity building for technical staff on best practices in sample processing and analysis.
  •  Take lead in maintenance of freeze dryers and other equipment in the laboratory.
  • Coordinate procurement of laboratory consumables and spare parts for the lab equipment.
  • Facilitate data curation from the laboratories.
  • Develop or revise laboratory workflows.
  • Lead the prediction of quality traits for the new varieties.
  • Advice on the timely development of calibration equations for prediction of nutritional composition of raw and processed samples.
  •  Develop phenolics profiles in potato and sweetpotato.
  • Contribute in the assessment of sensory traits for breeding purposes.
  • Create tools for rapid field assessment of nutrients in large populations.
  • Contribute to fund raising efforts as requested.

Why should you consider this opportunity?

  •  CIP is a global and reputable international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D background.
  • CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improving nutrition and well-being, and gender equity for poor people in roots, tubers farming and food systems in the developing world
  • CIP is a member of the CGIAR, a global partnership that unites international organizations engaged in research about food security. CGIAR research aims to reduce rural poverty, increase food security, improve human health and nutrition, and sustainable management of natural resources.

What are the conditions?
The position is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position limited to Ugandan nationals and permanent residents only. The employment contract will be for a one-year (with a 3-month probation period) possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funding.

What are we looking for?

  • MSc in the area of analytical chemistry, preferably with knowledge in multivariate data analysis methods.
  • At least 8 years of analytical laboratory experience.
  •  Experienced in NIR and XRF spectroscopy and reference methods.
  •  Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral.
  •  Communications skills in Portuguese is a plus.
  •  Analytical and target oriented.
  • Ability to work independently and also act as a valuable team player.

Education Requirement: No Requirements

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 96

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