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  • Posted: Sep 2, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, icipe was established in 1970, to address this very paradox of insects and accompanying challenges. The Centre’s mission is to use insect science for sustainable development, to ensure food security and improve the overall health of communities in Africa by addressing the interlinked problems of poverty, poor health, lo...
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    Senior Research Officer

    Overall Purpose of the Job

    The Senior Research Officer I will manage research activities within the group. He/she will assist in overseeing and designing advanced experiments. He/she will work directly with the Principal Investigator and play a leading
    role in developing a research programme to advance the use of microbial symbionts for the control of vector borne diseases.

    This includes overseeing workflow and productivity of laboratory personnel and providing training to them on specific techniques as necessary. In particular, the Senior Research Officer I is expected to have well developed molecular biology / symbiosis / bioinformatics skills. He/she will be responsible for data analysis, preparation of manuscripts, and presentation of research findings through various  forums.

    The Senior Research Officer I must demonstrate the ability to analyse and present data in a professional format and to independently prepare manuscripts, reports, applications for approvals (research, import / export) as well as
    contribute to grant writing.

    Specific Duties

    The successful candidate will be expected to:

    • Manage research activities undertaken by other group members, specifically technicians.
    • Oversee, design and execute advanced experiments.
    • Work with the Data Management, Modelling and Geo-Information Unit to develop an experimental data repository and template data entry spreadsheets.
    • Train laboratory personnel on specific techniques (molecular biology and bioinformatics) as well as to develop and maintain SOPs for these specific techniques.
      Maintain and where necessary coordinate the distribution of biological resources (e.g., DNA sequence databases, strains, bacteria etc.)
    • File applications for approvals (research, import/export).
    • Write, edit, correct, and review manuscripts, reviews, proposals, and any other scientific document in his/her field.


    • MSc. in Molecular Biology/Bioinformatics ideally combined with Symbiosis and Entomology or related field.
    • Experience in molecular biology /bioinformatics/symbiosis from either a research organisation or a university.
    • At least 3 years’ experience working in a research laboratory.
    • Previous experience working with symbiotic microbes is an added advantage.

    Core Competencies

    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience working with and interacting effectively with a variety of multidisciplinary teams (entomologists, microbiologists, agronomists), and demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively across disciplines and international institutions and technical agencies.
    • High proficiency in data mining and application of microbiomes data to pest and disease management.
    • Experience in bioinformatics and use of bioinformatic pipelines to analyse/harness high throughput data on transcriptomics and metagenomics.
    • Fluency in both written and spoken English.

    Other Desirable Attributes.

    • Experience in conception, design, and execution of research on symbionts / microbiomes associated with arthropods.
    • Proven track record of contributing to the management of complex projects (generation of donor reports etc).

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    Principal Scientist, Push-Pull Programme


    icipe seeks to recruit a highly motivated Principal Scientist, Push–Pull Programme. The position is based at icipe’s Thomas Odhiambo Campus, Mbita, western Kenya. The position will be offered for an initial contract of 3 years, renewable, subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. A competitive and generous compensation package that includes housing and transport allowances, education allowance, comprehensive health and life insurance cover, and an offshore retirement package (all payable in US Dollars), will be offered to the right candidate. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

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