Research Assistant – laboratory management

  • 23 Aug 2018
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Full-time
  • Livestock Genetics

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant to manage to the overall running of the CTLGH laboratory and associated facilities located at ILRI, Nairobi.  The Jobholder will be employed to work within the Nairobi Node of the Centre of Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health program. The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health is an alliance between the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). It was established to improve the productivity and health of livestock in sub-Saharan Africa using the latest genetic and genomics technologies and related innovations.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.


Research support

  • Provide and coordinate routine technical support in core genomics and advanced molecular biology techniques to a range of CTLGH projects led by resident and visiting scientists
  • Ensure the highest quality of laboratory practice is maintained
  • Advise CTLGH on innovations in equipment and technologies which are applicable to CTLGH projects.
  • Act as contact point with the Access and Benefits Sharing compliance officer to facilitate all approvals for project compliance with necessary regulations, such as Animal Care and Use, the Nagoya protocol and relevant national and international regulations

Laboratory management

  • Support the CTLGH management in supervision and running of the laboratory and associated facilities
  • Organize the procurement of equipment and reagents for the laboratory and ensure that adequate stocks are available
  • Ensure that all equipment and laboratory infrastructure are properly maintained.
  • Ensure that all equipment and operations within the laboratory are fully compliant with ILRI's health and safety requirements
  • Act as contact point with ILRI-BecA, which has responsibility for the overall management of the ILRI laboratories
  • Oversee the safe handling, storage and shipment of all biological specimens and samples, including acting as the contact point with ILRI's Biorepository Assistant
  • Ensure all necessary laboratory working arrangements are in place for visiting CTLGH scientists and collaborators


  • Bachelors in Degree in biological sciences or other relevant degree. Master of science is desirable
  • 5 years’ relevant work experience
  • Good understanding of and experience with standard laboratory practice
  • Experience with a range of techniques commonly used in modern, biological research laboratories
  • Experience in the handling and storage of biological samples
  • Experience in managing a modern, biological research laboratory is desirable
  • A pro-active individual, organized and a good communicator
  • Ability to focus on and handle many projects at the same time.

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job Level

This position is job level 2C level 2, and ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position,, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 23 August 2018. The position title and reference number REF: RA/8/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants' bank accounts.

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