Wellcome Trust Research Officer Jobs in Kenya

Wellcome Trust Research Officer Jobs in Kenya

Overall Job Purpose:

  • To be the lead on the day-to-day activities including identifying relevant samples and conducting the appropriate laboratory procedures required for the Seroepidemiology studies to assess the population immunity of vaccine preventable disease in Kenya (The SeroVacK Study) and other related projects at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. The post holder will coordinate laboratory research activities and contribute to planning of field (where applicable), and laboratory activities including proposal development, data management, field-laboratory liaison, sample/specimen management, analysis, and preparation of publications.

  • Job Dimensions: The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Research Programme (KWTRP) researches diseases with the highest burden in developing countries for which it is recognised internationally within the fields of international public health, clinical tropical medicine, epidemiology and immunology. The programme aims to maximise opportunities for learning and training in order to maintain a cadre of highly skilled and experienced staff from all disciplines.

  • The Seroepidemiology studies to assess the population immunity of vaccine preventable disease in Kenya (SeroVacK) study is domiciled in the Epidemiology and Demography Department (EDD). The SeroVacK study aims to obtain an accurate description of age-specific seroprevalence of immunity to a range of vaccine preventable diseases of priority in Kenya. This will be achieved by testing samples from Kilifi and nationwide population representative samples using multiplex beads assays on Luminex platforms and other testing modalities.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Principal Investigator and other relevant staff members to prepare research plans in liaison with other teams such as KHDSS and laboratory.

  • Take the lead in execution of the SeroVacK project and related studies including the setting up, identification resource requirements, documentation of protocols and training of
    the same etc.

  • Carry out desktop research/ literature reviews and prepare/ draft write-ups as may be required for inclusion in/ to support proposals, presentations/seminars and publications.

  • Participate in the identification/curation and processing of eligible samples as well as data compilation and analysis of study data/samples, and ensure all related records and reports are handled and managed in line with study protocols.

  • Perform a range of diagnostic tests and quality assurance activities within the study.

  • Liaise with EDD statistics and data management teams to ensure data entry and storage is appropriate and compliant with prevailing procedures.

  • Carry out data analysis and interpretation and provided relevant matrices/ information including statistics, summaries, charts, graphs, reports etc.

  • Prepare and submit draft reports as required including activity reports, project progress reports etc.


  • A BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences or other related field.

  • A Masters’ degree in a relevant subject.

  • At least 3 years’ experience in laboratory/ clinical laboratory research including wet/bench skills in serology and other common immunological assays.

  • Data management and basic statistical skills.

  • Good writing skills including evidence of publications/reports.

  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft applications.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Wellcome Trust Research Officer Jobs in Kenya

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