ICIPE Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Disease Ecology Research) Jobs in Kenya

ICIPE Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Disease Ecology Research) Jobs in Kenya

  • icipe seeks to recruit an outstanding, dynamic and self-motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to
  • complement the Disease Ecology Research Group in the Human Health Theme.

    The successful candidate

  • Will bring on broad a broad set of skills and extensive experience from implementing molecular procedures in the laboratory, designing and executing entomological semi-field experiments to conducting mixed-methods operational field trials on disease ecology and vector control.
  • The successful candidate will have a proven
    track record in supporting varied projects with working experience in malaria research and neglected tropical diseases, including research on tungiasis.
  • The position is tenable in Mbita at the icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus (ITOC). The position will be offered for an initial contract of 2 years, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position and performance of the staff member.
  • The post will be full-time for the appropriately qualified candidate.
  • A competitive and generous compensation package will be offered to the right candidate for the position.
  • Furthermore, the incumbent will receive paid annual vacation, return airfare for themselves and their dependents to their nominated home base each year, and duty-free privileges. If the successful candidate is appointed from outside Kenya, he or she will be offered support to relocate to the country and settle in Mbita,Kenya.
  • Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
  • Living in Mbita, Kenya
  • icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus (ITOC), Mbita is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, with excellent housing facilities for staff and students.
  • The Campus sits on 24.5 hectares of land, 40% of which consists of experimental fields and buildings with landscaped gardens. ITOC’s research structures include state-of-theart laboratories and offices, as well as insect and animal rearing facilities.
  • The Campus also hosts a kindergarten, a primary school, and a Guest House.

    (Ref. No. IRS/499/072022)
    Overall Purpose of the Job

  • Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the successful applicant will be responsible for coordinating research
  • activities within the Disease Ecology Group at icipe-Thomas Odhiambo Campus, Mbita. This includes
  • proposing, planning, and managing selected research projects, staff training and quality checks, analysing data, preparing reports and publications, presenting findings at institutional, national and international
    meetings and contributing to resource mobilations.

    Specific Duties

    The Successful Candidate is Expected to:

    ▪ Manage the ‘One Health-Cattle IVM’ project including conceiving mixed-methods research designs
    and tools investigating human and animal health, preparing standard operating procedures, setting
    goals and timelines, daily supervision of technical staff and students, procurement, liaison with finance
    and grant offices.
    ▪ Contribute to the ‘Tungiasis Ecology’ project by providing technical expertise, training and supervision
    to students and staff.
    ▪ Contribute to the ‘Malaria Push-Pull’ project by supporting data analysis and publications, conception
    of novel
    ideas based on spatial repellents and attractive odour-baits for the development of new grant
    ▪ Coordinate multidisciplinary research groups and multiple project field sites; convene weekly progress
    meetings, and ensure adherence to all protocols.
    ▪ Provide training in and oversee morphological and molecular analyses of insect samples.
    ▪ Review project budgets and prepare procurement plans.
    ▪ Develop standard operating procedures for all project activities and keep an audit trail for project
    activities in response to log frames and timelines.
    ▪ Prepare data collection tools, databases and implement statistical data analysis.
    ▪ Prepare and contribute to progress and end of project reports.
    ▪ Prepare manuscripts for publication.
    ▪ Present project findings at internal and external scientific meetings
    ▪ Provide training and support to staff and students; ensure adherence to ethical and safeguarding
    practices in allocated human health project activities.
    ▪ Establish and sustain a good working relationship with national, county and community stakeholders
    in all field sites.


    ▪ PhD in Medical Entomology; degree awarded within past 3 years.
    ▪ At least 8 years of working experience in a research support capacity at a recognized research
    ▪ Proven track record in implementing and coordinating mixed-methods malaria research from bench to
    ▪ Excellent entomology skills, including molecular entomology, semi-field experiments, mosquito
    rearing, trap evaluations and vector monitoring and evaluation.
    ▪ Exemplified working experience on diverse set of vector control tools, including mosquito larviciding,
    house improvements (‘healthy home’ concept), spatial repellents, odour-based mass trapping and
    cattle-targetted vector control interventions.
    ▪ Excellent working experience in tungiasis research, including disease diagnoses and ecology of offhost stages.
    ▪ Expertise in community engagement, stakeholder mapping, and implementation of qualitative surveys
    for formative research.
    ▪ Experience working across sectors, including built environment and animal health.
    ▪ Proven ability to work in a fast-paced working environment, coordinating several projects and teams
    ▪ High level of resilience including excellent problem-solving skills, adaptability and emotional
    ▪ High degree of organisation, and prioritisation.
    ▪ Proven ability to create and foster an innovative work environment, and team building to deliver on
    agreed goals.
    ▪ Publication track record.
    ▪ Experience in capacity building through mentorship of MSc and undergraduate students.
    ▪ Excellent communication skills.

    For more information and application details see;ICIPE Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Disease Ecology Research) Jobs in Kenya

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