ICIPE Scientist - Malaria Jobs in Kenya

ICIPE Scientist - Malaria 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 is seeking to appoint an outstanding scientist to fill the position of Scientist, Malaria. The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 3 years, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. A competitive and generous compensation package that includes housing and transport allowances, education allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance cover,
    and an offshore retirement package (all payable in US Dollars), will be offered to the right candidate.

  • Furthermore, the incumbent will receive paid annual vacation and return airfare for themselves and their dependents to their nominated home base each year. If the successful candidate is appointed from outside Kenya, he or she will be offered support to relocate and settle in Nairobi. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

    Living in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya, with a population of over three million, and hosts all the urban and social amenities and offers a comfortable, convenient and pleasurable life. A wide variety of excellent international schools and well-equipped medical facilities are open 24/7 in Nairobi. The city is also accessible by major international airline carriers. Nairobi has a thriving international research scene,
    hosting various CGIAR centres and several UN agencies. Although it is important to be conscious of security, Kenyans are warm and welcoming of visitors.

    Overall purpose of the job

  • Malaria remains the most important parasitic vector-borne disease in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The disease in humans is caused by Plasmodium parasites and transmitted by the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito. Substantial declines in malaria have been recorded in the past two decades, largely attributed to vector control interventions. However, this progress has stalled in the last
    few years because of shifts in
    mosquito biting behaviour from indoors to outdoors and early biting, contributing to what is currently known as residual malaria.

  • To tackle residual malaria and contribute to elimination efforts, we need to advance novel and current interventions that have an impact on transmission, rather than focusing on mortality and morbidity reduction. Within this framework, studies on Plasmodium-host-vector interactions, including elucidation of the underlying mechanisms regulating parasite transmission, are of primary research importance, and must be conducted in accordance with future malaria control polices of the World Health Organisation.

    Within the scope of the Malaria Programme, the overall purpose of the job is to:

  • Contribute to multi-disciplinary projects related to malaria control.

  • Participate in the supervision of student research at different levels (internship, MSc and PhD).

  • Support a collaborative network of malaria research with a focus on transmission biology and vector ecology with the common interest of promoting the objectives of the Malaria Programme.

  • Develop proposals and mobilise resources for strengthening the Malaria Programme.

  • Harness opportunities for cross-sectoral integration of transmission biology and vector ecology within integrated vector management (IVM) for malaria control.

  • Work with multidisciplinary teams contributing leadership and research strategy to cross-thematic studies and collaboration within icipe.

    Specific Duties

  • Enhance the development of malaria transmission research programme.

  • Provide cutting-edge research to develop, adapt, and optimize strategies to control mosquito disease vectors.

  • Supervise and mentor graduate students

  • Publish research outputs in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.

  • Promote and establish collaborative linkages within icipe and with national, regional, and international institutions in the relevant fields of research under Human Health Theme.

  • Actively seek and secure external support and funding for the research programmes for vector-borne diseases, including resources to develop and grow the research portfolio.


  • PhD in Biological Sciences with a major in Arthropods or Agriculture

  • At least 6 years’ post-PhD experience, gained at a research organisation or university.

  • Skills in electrophysiology, mass spectrometry, immunoassays, cell culture, molecular techniques, behavioral and field assays, and RNAseq data analysis.

  • Excellent publication track record.

  • Experience in capacity building through supervision and mentorship of MSc and undergraduate students.

    Core Competencies

  • Proven track record in the area of malaria research and development as demonstrated by a robust publication record.

  • History of securing external support for a portfolio of research and oversight of resource mobilization.

  • Appropriate skills in research governance and project management, including experience in financial accountability.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Ability to create and foster an innovative work environment and build a team to deliver on agreed goals.

  • High degree of organisation, adaptability, and prioritisation.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; ICIPE Scientist - Malaria Jobs in Kenya

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