Research Associate II- Laboratory Technician

  • 15 Nov 2019
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Full-time
  • Sustainable Livestock Systems

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit two Research Associates – Laboratory Technicians to coordinate field and laboratory work.

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.


  • Harvest forage grasses (Napier, Rhodes, Brachiaria) and determine grass DM yield per area for each fertilizer treatment
  • Take soil samples around harvests and fertilization events and prepare samples for subsequent lab analysis (sieving, grinding, extraction, etc.)
  • Collect gas samples at ILRI farm and other field sites for subsequent greenhouse gas analysis
  • Summarize all lab data in a clear and concise manner in digital form (ie Microsoft Excel), do regular data quality checks and give feedback to students and supervisors
  • Supervise casual workers in the trial (field maintenance, weeding, irrigation, sample collection, sample preparation, etc.)
  • Assist Mazingira’s laboratory technicians with sample preparations and sample analysis to ensure timely analysis especially of critical samples that cannot be stored for long (e.g. soil samples for mineral nitrogen)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Environmental studies, Agriculture, Chemistry, or similar field;
  • General understanding of agronomics and forage production, knowledge on basic biogeochemical cycling of Carbon and Nitrogen in ecosystems with a focus on soils and GHG production/consumption processes;
  • Basic statistical knowledge (mean, standard deviation, CV) and capability to handle datasets with Microsoft Excel;
  • Knowledge in R is an asset;
  • Willingness to learn new measurement techniques in the laboratory;
  • At least 1 year of experience working in agronomic field trials including experience with preparation of soil, plant and gas sampling;
  • At least 1 year of experience maintaining forage grass plots;
  • At least 1 year of laboratory experience related to sample preparation and processing and basic analyses (pH, dry matter);

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 1 year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job Level

This position is at job level HG 11 and open to Kenyan nationals only. 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 15 November 2019. The position title and reference number REF: RA-LT/SLS/11/2019 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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