Scientist, Analytical Chemist Jobs in Kenya

Scientist, Analytical Chemist 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

    Overall Purpose of the Job

  • The Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit (BCEU) conducts research leading to the identification, formulation and evaluation of pheromones, kairomones, and allomones for use in the integrated management of pest populations to improve plant health (e.g. above- and below-ground crop pests, including invasive alien species), animal health (such as tsetse flies, biting flies and ticks of livestock), human health (disease vectors, such as mosquitoes and sandflies), and environmental health (pests of bees).

  • Research is also conducted to: increase populations of beneficial insects, including natural enemies of these pests; establish the effect of abiotic and biotic stresses on pollinators, such as honeybees and stingless bees; and use of insects for food and feed.

  • The Unit is well equipped with various analytical chemistry instruments, including volatile collection systems (VCS), gas chromatographs (GCs), coupled gas chromatography-electroantennographic detection (GC-EAD) system, GC-mass spectrometer (GC-MS), and various liquid chromatography (LC)-mass spectrometry equipment (e.g. liquid chromatography-triple quadrupole LC-QQQ; liquid chromatography quadrupole time of flight LC-TOF, and LC-single quadrupole.

  • BCEU is also equipped with various instruments to study insect behaviour.

  • Capacity building is an integral part of research activities in BCEU.

  • As part of this effort, icipe is seeking to recruit a Scientist to undertake research in the Unit in chemical ecology in support of R&D activities in animal, environment,
    human and plant health.

    Specific Duties

    The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Conduct research on the chemical ecology and physiology of icipe target arthropods;

  • Conduct research on a range of abiotic and biotic stresses on the populations of specific arthropods;

  • Develop methods in analytical chemistry based on mass spectrometry and other techniques to support various R&D activities, along with a research team;

  • Mobilise resources (such as funding, human) to support the research activities highlighted above, and participate in fundraising opportunities with other scientists in the various Themes and Units;

  • Maintain a high level of scientific excellence through peer-reviewed publications and presentations to scientific and industry groups commensurate with the position;

  • Participate in the evaluation and recommendation of new equipment and technology for the Unit;

  • Manage, supervise and motivate programme staff and students to ensure innovation and the practice of good science that results in high-quality publications.


  • PhD in analytical chemistry that includes research in organic chemistry.

  • At least 2 years postdoctoral research in analytical chemistry with a strong emphasis on mass spectrometry of organic molecules.

  • Experience in topical issues related to plant, human, animal and environment health.

  • Proven track record of peer-reviewed publications and report writing.

  • Experience in mentoring post-graduate students and interns.

  • Proven track record of attracting donor support/grants writing skills.

  • Project management skills.

  • Effective supervision of students and junior scientists.

    Core Competencies

  • Be conversant with various systems and software programs (e.g. MassLyn, Chemstation data acquisition programs etc.) to acquire and document results.

  • Conversant with compliance protocols, SOP, safety policies, methods and other procedures andregulations.

  • Experience in analytical method development and quality control, including advanced statisticalskills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills in the field of chemical ecology.
    Other desirable attributes

  • Must be flexible, able to adapt to a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, and work independentlyas part of a team.

  • High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation.


  • This position reports to the Head, Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit (BCEU).

  • The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Scientist, Analytical Chemist Jobs in Kenya

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