Post doc – food chemistry (18-100)

International Potato Center (CIP)

Job Summary

The successful candidate will support the daily operations of the Food and Nutritional Evaluation Laboratory (FANEL), Nutrition and Food Safety Platform, Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) research hub at the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute).

  • Minimum Qualification: PHD
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 1 year

Job Description

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a motivated and dynamic Post-doc researcher with skills in food product development and wet chemistry analysis to contribute to regional projects on Roots, Tubers and Banana (RTB) crops and more specifically pro-vitamin A rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) and potato in Africa.

About CIP’s program

CIP, a global CGIAR research center, works with partners to improve diets and incomes of poor people in Africa, Asia and Latin America through scientific research, innovation, and capacity strengthening. Focusing on potato and sweetpotato as the entry point, CIP’s programs seek to strengthen broader agri-food systems to generate economic, social and nutritional benefits for farmers, enterprises and consumers emphasizing the priorities of women and youth in particular. The program in Kenya emphasizes the development and utilization of improved nutritious, resilient sweetpotato and potato that can create economic opportunities and contribute to improved nutrition and food security. CIP is working closely with government ministries and institutes in the agriculture and health sectors as well as commercial partners to increase public and private investments towards rural growth and sustainable and nutritious food systems.

About the role

The successful candidate will support the daily operations of the Food and Nutritional Evaluation Laboratory (FANEL), Nutrition and Food Safety Platform, Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) research hub at the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute). The position involves extensive interdisciplinary collaboration with crop scientists and crop modeling experts and with partners in other collaborating institutions. The position reports to the Regional Food Scientist and is based at Nairobi, Kenya.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist with operational management the Food and Nutritional Evaluation laboratory (FANEL).
  • Develop new methods and keep current methods up to standards, assure quality assurance, contribute scientifically to the work.
  • Develop and conduct acceptability studies with RTB and biofortified crops
  • Generate sensory and consumer data: be at ease with discriminative and descriptive sensory methods, design quantitative consumer tests, conduct qualitative consumer research.
  • Effectively utilize sensory and consumer data to guide the product development process and breeding programs.
  • Development of new food products and food recipes with RTB and biofortified crops
  • Develop and conduct retention studies with biofortified crops
  • Supervise students on thesis research topics of relevance to RTB and biofortified crops food science program.
  • Participate in nutrition and food science professional forums in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Contribute to project reports and publish relevant findings on a timely basis.

What are we looking for?

  • PhD degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Nutritional Biochemistry or related subjects
  • Minimum one -year work experience in a nutritional analysis research environment
  • Good understanding of analytical instruments such as HPLC, LC/MS, GC/MS and ICP.
  • Strong background in food product development and sensory profiling and analysis
  • Advanced skills in Sensory & Consumer Insights (SCI) methodologies and data analysis: training in qualitative research methods, sensory tools and expertise in statistics
  • Skills and good knowledge of food microbiology and food safety
  • Experience working with starch chemistry or product development.
  • Experience in with food industry and fund raising.
  • Willingness to travel within the region.
  • Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team/project and multicultural environment.
  • Excellent communications skills in English is required.

Why should you consider this opportunity?

  • CIP is an international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D background.
  • CIP scientists are recent World Food Price Winners, and CIP has been recently awarded the Al-Sumait Award for our Orange Flesh Sweet Potato work in Africa.
  • CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved nutrition and well-being, and gender equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world.
  • CIP is a member of the CGIAR, a network of 15 research centers that are mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.

What are we offering?

  • Great career opportunity in an international organization.
  • Salary is internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive international insurance coverage.
  • Attractive retirement plan.
  • Two-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.
  • Work in an equal and diverse workplace.
How to apply:

Visit the following link: and submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your references. Screening of applications will begin on December 28, 2018 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

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