KEMRI Senior Research Scientist Jobs in Kenya

KEMRI Senior Research Scientist Jobs in Kenya

Project description:

  • The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be conducting a large community-based study of Attractive Targeted Sugar Bait (ATSB) aimed at reducing Malaria transmission in Western Kenya. The 3-year project is part of a larger international ATSB consortium involving three countries in Africa, and international partners in the UK and USA.

  • As part of this effort, KEMRI is searching for an exceptional Entomology Project Coordinator with three years of field experience to lead the Entomology activities of this project under the guidance of experienced entomologists and epidemiologists from the participating institutions. Exemplary candidates may be
    offered an opportunity to pursue a PhD through the project.

    Essential requirements

    • MSc in Biology, Vector Biology, Epidemiology or equivalent

    • PhD in Entomology will be an added advantage

    • At least 3 years of experience in field-based entomological research of malaria or other vector
    borne diseases

    • Excellent communication skills including oral presentations of scientific information.

    • Strong hands-on experience with current methods of entomological surveillance and/or evaluation of vector resistance to insecticides

    • Strong supervisory and management skills

    • Moderate to advanced level analytical skills and use of at least one statistical software package,
    e.g. STATA, R, SPSS or SAS

    • Experience working in collaboration with multiple agencies/partners or Donors and Ministry
    of Health

    • Strong project budgeting and financial management skills

    Job description

  • The team: The post holder will be based at the Entomology section of the Malaria Research based at KEMRI’s Centre for Global Health Research in Kisian. The incumbent will be responsible for
    overseeing the entomological component of a large cluster randomised trial in 80 villages in Siaya
    County to evaluate the efficacy of a novel tool for reducing malaria transmission.

  • The post holder will work in close consultation with the Principal and Co-Investigators, including with the epidemiological team, and may be asked to chair or co-chair weekly management meetings. He/she will be responsible for reviewing standard operating procedures, manage submission of protocol amendments as required, coordinate fieldwork, and oversee centralised functions of the study including coordinating data management and procurement of study supplies.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    • The primary role of the Entomology Project Coordinator will be to oversee the implementation
    of the entomology activities during the conduct of the ATSB
    study in consultation with the Project PIs as well as the study Epidemiologist.

    • Lead the development of an entomological monitoring plan.

    • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for entomological collections and laboratory processing as well as for the management and deployment of the ATSB products.

    • Manage field-based entomology teams to ensure monthly data collection, data quality and
    control according to SOPs.

    • Supervision of entomology laboratory activities including morphological and molecular laboratory analysis.

    • Collaborate with the Epi-trial manager to supervise the field-based intervention management
    and deployment teams to ensure 6-monthly deployment, retrieval, and disposal of products for QA/QC purposes according to SOPs.

    • Lead in the implementation of insecticide resistance monitoring plans in sentinel clusters.

    • Oversee data cleaning of all entomology and ATSB product data in consultation with the PI and data manager.

    • Work with data managers and Principal Investigator and Co-investigators to analyze data and contribute to the writing of reports, publications, and manuscripts. To present study updates at meetings as necessary.

    • Preparation of Entomology and Intervention product reports and submission of the same to the
    PI in a timely fashion.

    • Oversight of procurement and inventory of all entomology supplies and equipment.

    • Oversight of inventory of the ATSB product.

    • Implement capacity-building efforts to increase and expand the skills of local counterparts and field team technicians.

    • Plan and coordinate meetings for both internal project staff and external collaborators and
    visitors in liaison with the Principal Investigator.

    • Participate in scheduled conference calls with the international study partners.

    • Conduct performance appraisal of study site staff in liaison with the relevant technical
    supervisors of the staff members in Kenya.

    • Promote equality of opportunity and inclusive practice in all aspects of work undertaken.

    • Any other duties commensurate with the grade and nature of the role.

    How to Apply

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

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