Scientist, Nutritional Biology of Bees Jobs in Kenya

Scientist, Nutritional Biology of Bees 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

  • Bees are an essential contributor to environmental equilibrium by providing the ecosystem service of pollination to crop and wild plants.

  • icipe’s bee research strategy (2018–2023) aims to improve focus on four research topics:
  • Bee Health;
  • Symbionts;
  • Bee Nutrition; and
  • Pollination.

  • These topics were prioritised in consultation with a wide range of icipe partners.

  • icipe’s research and development (R&D) efforts on bee research contribute to:
  • protecting and maintaining the abundance and diversity of bees and other insect pollinators;
  • ensuring the ecosystem service of pollination for improving food security and conserving wild plant diversity;
  • investigating, understanding, monitoring, and improving the overall bee health status ofmanaged and wild insect pollinators on the
    African continen; and
  • improving the livelihoods of rural communities through dissemination of research results and developed technologies.

  • As part of this effort, icipe is seeking to recruit a Scientist to conduct innovative research on the nutritional biology of bees, including the aspects on feedback to physiology and health of bees that are relevant and strategic to icipe R&D.

    Specific duties

    The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Investigate:
  • the basic needs of bee pollinators with respect to their nutritional input for relevant macro- and micronutrients;
  • the spatial and temporal distribution of available dietary sources for bee pollinators;

  • the effects of climate change and other changes of environmental conditions on the spatial and temporalavailability of nutritional sources for bees;
  • how bees locate
    specific food sources within the environmentby studying the cognitive abilities of bees and defining the role of colour and scent of flowers;
  • the effect ofnutritional sources of varying quality on bee health at the individual and colony level; and
  • the interactionbetween bee nutrition and the efficient delivery of ecosystem service of pollination.

  • Develop collaborative research networks for pollinator health and advocacy for pollinators;

  • Advise policy on thematic issues relating to conservation of pollinators and their habitats;

  • Mobilise resources (such as funding, human) to support research activities highlighted above and participatein fundraising opportunities with other scientists in the Bee Health teamand the Environmental Health Theme;

  • Maintain a high level of scientific excellence through peer-reviewed publications commensurate with theposition;

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


  • PhD degree in entomology, insect physiology or a related field, with special emphasis on bee/pollinatorresearch and development.

  • At least 5 years postdoctoral research in entomology, insect physiology or a related field, with specialemphasis on bee/pollinator research and development.

  • Experience in topical issues related to pollinator biology and nutritional ecology with relevant network andpartnerships.

  • 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.

  • Proven track record of project management.

  • Effective supervision of students and junior scientists.

  • Ability to communicate effectively.

  • Ability to mentor junior scientists, technical staff and students.

    Core Competencies

  • In depth knowledge of bees and other pollinators, nutritional physiology, interaction of nutrition withphysiology and bee health.

  • Good understanding of honey bee and stingless bee biology, physiology and ecology.

  • Knowledge of molecular biology and biochemistry techniques with advanced statistical skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills in the field of insect ecology and physiology.

    Other Desirable Attributes

  • Ability to work under exacting field conditions.

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural set up, in teams of scientists, technicians, students and beekeepers.

  • High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation.


  • This position reports to the Head, Environmental Health Theme.

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

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Scientist, Nutritional Biology of Bees Jobs in Kenya

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