ICIPE Senior Research Officer Jobs in Kenya

ICIPE Senior Research Officer 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 Senior Research Officer I in the SymbioVector Project. The position is tenable in Mbita at the icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus (iTOC). 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

  • The Senior Research Officer I will manage research activities within the group. He/she will assist in overseeing and designing advanced experiments. He/she will work directly with the Principal Investigator and play a leading
    role in developing a research programme to advance the use of microbial symbionts for the control of vector borne diseases.

  • This includes overseeing workflow and productivity of laboratory personnel and providing training to them on specific techniques as necessary. In particular, the Senior Research Officer I is expected to have well developed molecular biology / symbiosis / bioinformatics skills. He/she will be responsible for data analysis, preparation of manuscripts, and presentation of research findings through various

  • The Senior Research Officer I must demonstrate the ability to analyse and present data in a professional format and to independently prepare manuscripts, reports, applications for approvals (research, import / export) as well as
    contribute to grant writing.

    Specific Duties

    The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Manage research activities undertaken by other group members, specifically technicians.

  • Oversee, design and execute advanced experiments.

  • Work with the Data Management, Modelling and Geo-Information Unit to develop an experimental data repository and template data entry spreadsheets.

  • Train laboratory personnel on specific techniques (molecular biology and bioinformatics) as well as to develop and maintain SOPs for these specific techniques.

  • Maintain and where necessary coordinate the distribution of biological resources (e.g., DNA sequence databases, strains, bacteria etc.)

  • File applications for approvals (research, import/export).

  • Write, edit, correct, and review manuscripts, reviews, proposals, and any other scientific document in his/her field.


  • MSc. in Molecular Biology/Bioinformatics ideally combined with Symbiosis and Entomology or related field.

  • Experience in molecular biology /bioinformatics/symbiosis from either a research organisation or a university.

  • At least 3 years’ experience working in a research laboratory.

  • Previous experience working with symbiotic microbes is an added advantage.

    Core Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience working with and interacting effectively with a variety of multidisciplinary teams (entomologists, microbiologists, agronomists), and demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across disciplines and international institutions and technical agencies.

  • High proficiency in data mining and application of microbiomes data to pest and disease management.

  • Experience in bioinformatics and use of bioinformatic pipelines to analyse/harness high throughput data on transcriptomics and metagenomics.

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English.
    Other Desirable Attributes.

  • Experience in conception, design, and execution of research on symbionts / microbiomes associated with arthropods.

  • Proven track record of contributing to the management of complex projects (generation of donor reports etc).

    How to Apply

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

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