Senior Research Assistant Jobs in Kenya

Senior Research Assistant 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 position holder will contribute to the overall objectives of the Arthropod Pathology Unit and Behavior and Chemical Ecology Unit.

    Specific Duties

  • Help in maintaining colonies of insect colonies (Fall Armyworm, bean flower thrips and others)as may be required.

  • Assist the scientist and students in organizing and undertaking behavioral assays with FAWand its natural enemies using Y-tube and 4-arms olfactometer in the lab and screenhouse

  • Assist the scientist and students in undertaking field experiments with FAW managementoptions

  • Ensure that the bioassay labs are well maintained for use by students and scientists

  • Carryout laboratory, screenhouse and field entrainment from FAW infested and uninfested maize and insects using portable entrainment kit and inbuilt volatile collection system

  • Conduct field trials and trapping experiment at different locations

  • Drive scientists and students for
    field for experiment

  • Assist in carrying out headspace trapping of female FAW moths using entrainment kit and assist in testing different FAW lures and traps under laboratory and field conditions

  • Prepare samples for chemical analysis of the volatile compound using GC, GC-FID, GC-MSand HPLC

  • Facilitate procurement of supplies for use in the research work & construction of the screenhouse and infection experimental cages.

  • Assist in analyze research data, prepare progress reports and presentations, and contribute to preparation of manuscripts

  • Undertake other activities related to EU-FAW and other projects as assigned by the scientist.


  • MSc degree in Agriculture/Zoology with specialization in Entomology.

  • At least 5 years’ experience as Research Assistant or equivalent position.

  • Prior experience in field and lab assays with insects and crops

  • Prior experience in behavior and chemical ecology assays

    Core Competencies

  • Good experience in experience in field and lab assays with insects and crops.

  • Good experience in behavior and chemical ecology assays.

  • Ability to undertake driving responsibilities while undertaking field experiments

  • Experience in writing project reports, and in reviewing literature.

  • Experience in designing, data collection and analysis with statistical software packages

    Other Desirable Attributes

  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Fast thinking and able to solve day-to-day research challenges in a practical manner.

  • Maintains frequent contact with scientists and other technical staff for exchange of information.

  • A team player with ability to maintain harmonious working relationship in a multi-cultural and multi-racial environment.


  • This position reports to the Unit Head, Arthropod Pathology Unit.

    How to Apply

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

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