Research Fellow – PhD Studies Control of Rift Valley Fever

  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Full-time
  • Bioversity International


On behalf of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Bioversity International is now seeking for a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow.

Both ILRI and Bioversity International are CGIAR Research Centres.

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Under the supervision of the ILRI Scientist, the Research Fellow will contribute to the project Rift Valley Fever entomology.

The overall objective of the project is to identify putative vectors for Rift Valley Fever virus (RVFV) in Uganda and the distribution of insecticide resistance in these species.


Key Responsibilities

  • Collection of hematophagous arthropods in two regions of Uganda
  • Identification of collected arthropods
  • Extraction of nucleic acids from arthropods
  • Screening of nucleic acids for the presence of RVFV and the origin of the blood meal
  • Rearing of mosquitoes from field-collected samples
  • Determination of the insecticide resistance status in reared mosquitoes using standard bioassays and genotyping


Qualifications and competencies

  • MSc degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine or a related subject
  • Fluent knowledge of the English language
  • Relevant work experience in an entomological subject, preferably mosquitoes
  • Experience in handling of diverse datasets, data processing and statistical software such as R, SPSS, etc.
  • Experience in molecular biology (RNA/DNA extraction, PCR), would be of advantage
  • Careful and correct mode of work, especially about field data collection and data analysis, demonstrated skills in writing scientific papers;
  • Experience of living or working in the context of developing countries, especially East Africa, would be beneficial
  • Willingness to perform field work in rural conditions and ability to work independently and solution-oriented
  • Ability to cooperate with students and field assistants, farmers and other stakeholder groups, and partly supervise MSc students
  • Successful applicant will be expected to secure admission to the PhD program within 3 months


Terms and conditions: The initial contract is for a period of 2 years and is renewable based on performance and availability of funds. The offer has a competitive stipend and covers living expenses in the project location/s, medical cover for self and eligible dependants, travel insurance, travel and research costs. The fellowship covers tuition costs at the fellow’s university of admission. The project will be conducted in Uganda and the student is expected to spend approximately 1 year at Freie University Berlin and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin, Germany.

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 by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 28 October 2019. Please note that in the application you are required to provide the contact details (address, telephone number and e-mail address) of at least three referees, which Bioversity will contact for short listed applicants

Bioversity International is an equal opportunity employer and strives for staff diversity.

Bioversity International is a CGIAR Research Centre. For further information on Bioversity International, consult the website at

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