ICIPE Research Assistant Jobs in Kenya

ICIPE Research Assistant Jobs in Kenya

  • icipe is a pan-African and non-profit Centre of Excellence for research and development and capacity building in insect science and its applications. Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security and
    improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building.

  • Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to science and innovation required to meet the health and food security challenges of sub-Saharan Africa. The Centre has achieved this status by developing alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management technologies and products that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non resistance inducing, and are affordable to
    resource-limited rural and urban communities.

  • icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with offices in Ethiopia and Uganda, a major station on the shores of Lake Victoria, and several other field stations in Kenya. Employing close to 500 international and national staff, icipe also has approximately 150 graduate students who contribute to its research portfolio annually. The Centre currently has operations in more than 40 African countries, and thriving partnerships with universities and research organizations across the world. (www.icipe.org)

  • icipe seeks to recruit a Research Assistant II in the Animal Rearing and Containment Unit (ARCU). The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. This is two-year contract, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. This is a nationally recruited position. A competitive compensation package will be offered to the right candidate. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    Overall Purpose of the Job

  • This position will involve a variety of laboratory-activities related to maintenance of insect colonies for experimental assays, organisation of feeds for insects, laboratory maintenance, assistance in the set-up of bioassays while adhering to correct standard operating procedures and health and safety
    guidelines for rearing various species of ticks such as Amblyomma variegatum, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus and Hyalomma rufipes, and species of tsetse such as Glossina pallidipes ,Glossina fuscipes and Glossina austeni. The work plays an important role in the foundation stages of research and development (R&D) and in scientific analysis and investigation

    Specific Duties

  • Upscaling of various tick and tsetse colonies as outlined above.

  • Daily monitoring of environment conditions and safety procedures in the facility, and establishment and maintenance of insect colonies involving the breeding of insects under suitably controlled conditions.

  • Maintenance of tick and tsetse rearing facility and accessories.

  • Performing duties to include collection of bovine blood from the abattoir, sterilization of blood and tsetse feeding equipment, as well as maintaining the unit inventory, storage and lab/insectary ware and instruments essential to the operation of the insectary.

  • Training of students and visiting scientists, and assisting them in setting up experiments, data collection and analysis. These include, but are not limited to, rearing, sexing, species identification, and safety in the facility.


    ▪ Diploma in Applied Biology.

    ▪ Knowledge of laboratory procedures on insect rearing and identification.

    ▪ Minimum experience of 2 years in animal production studies in an insect rearing facility.

    Core Competencies

    ▪ Basic verbal and written communication skills.

    ▪ Basic interpersonal/human relation skills.

    ▪ Ability to maintain records and inventories.

    ▪ Proper operation of necessary laboratory equipment.

    ▪ Ability to work Independently and respect deadlines.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; ICIPE Research Assistant Jobs in Kenya

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