KMFRI Senior Research Scientist - Physical Oceanography Jobs in Kenya

KMFRI Senior Research Scientist - Physical Oceanography Jobs in Kenya


  • The senior research scientist shall be deployed in any of the following research areas: Oceans and Coastal Systems & Blue Economy, Freshwater Systems or Aquaculture.

    Duties and responsibilities of the Officer will entail;

  • Prioritizing research problems for implementation;

  • Developing research concepts for donor support;

  • Guiding research scientists in identification of research areas;

  • Reviewing project proposals, scientific publications and grant applications for submission;

  • Coordinating medium sized multi-disciplinary research teams;

  • Budgeting for research projects and resource management;

  • Writing relevant technical reports including refereed journal papers, book chapters, research notes, technical notes, conference papers and posters, dissemination flyers for stakeholder sensitization;

  • Disseminating research findings in local and international fora that include seminar, workshops, congress;

  • Briefing visitors including County and National government on the institution’s research activities;

  • Participating in planning and executing relevant capacity building courses to improve research skills for scientists;

  • Implementing relevant ISO standards in their departments;

  • Training, supervising and mentoring scientists, technologists, and students;

  • Implementing institute’s and national aquatic research policies;

  • Identifying innovations and technologies for up-scaling;

  • Assist in providing scientific advisory services on behalf of the Institute;

  • Responding to calls for proposals for consultancies (e.g. on development projects, status of environment) upon request;

  • Developing Policy briefs;

  • Organizing monthly internal seminars;

  • Participating in conferences, field days, and workshop;

  • Participating in joint research (both locally and internationally) through combined development of research proposals and publications; and

  • Soliciting for grants to organize scientific workshops (local, regional, international).

    For appointment to this grade, a person must have:

  • At least six (6) years of relevant experience, three (3) of which must have been as a Research Scientist or a comparable position in the public or private sector;

  • Experience in operating oceanographic instruments such as Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) meters, marine robots and towed or self-powered underwater vehicles, hydro-acoustics equipment, current meters etc;

  • Experience in the development
    of regional ocean models is essential. Prior modelling experience with Regional Oceans Modeling System (ROMS) will be an advantage;

  • Experience in the analysis of satellite and tide-gauge sea level observations;

  • Excellent data analysis and data visualization skills. Good technical skill in Linux shell scripting/ Python/ MATLAB/ RDI and Nortek software or similar packages is essential;

  • Experience in conducting surveys in vessels at sea;

  • BSc in Environmental Science, Aquatic Sciences and Physical Sciences;

  • Master’s in Physical Sciences/Oceanography from a recognized university OR Masters in Environmental Science with advanced training in Physical Oceanography;

  • Published a minimum of five (3) peer reviewed publications in ISI-indexed journals, with at least two (2) first authorship as a Research Scientist, KMFRI Grade 6, or a comparable position;

  • Good understanding in sea level and climate change studies, studying the properties of currents, waves, tides and ocean circulation, plus the temperature and salinity of oceans;

  • Demonstrated professional competence as reflected in completed research and results;

  • Supervisory course lasting not less than two (2) weeks from a recognized institution;

  • Proficiency in computer applications; and

  • Fulfills the requirements of the Chapter Six of the Constitution.

    Key competencies and skills

  • Strong communication and reporting skills;

  • Strong analytical and numerical skills;

  • Strong organization and interpersonal skill;

  • Mentoring, coaching and leadership skills;

  • Conflict management; and

  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and multi-task.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; KMFRI Senior Research Scientist - Physical Oceanography Jobs in Kenya


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