Research Associate II– Laboratory Technician

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sustainable Livestock Systems

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate – Laboratory Technician to do soil manure and plant nutrient analysis with a focus on carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus.

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. www.ilri.org

Responsibilities

  • Extraction & filtration of soil, manure and plant samples for photometric nutrient analysis;
  • Preparation of soil, manure and plant samples for elemental analysis (C/N analyser);
  • Running photometric nutrient assays for extractable phosphate, nitrate and ammonium;
  • Preparation and analysis of soil, manure and plant samples for total phosphorus (dry digestion, extraction, colorimetric analysis);
  • Summarizing all lab data in a clear and concise manner, performing regular data quality checks and giving feedback to the supervising lab technicians;
  • Assisting Mazingira’s lab technicians with other sample preparations and sample analyses to ensure timely analysis

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Environmental studies, Agriculture, Chemistry, or similar;
  • Master’s degree in the same field or 3 years of experience will be an added advantage;
  • General understanding of soil science, knowledge of basic biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in ecosystems with a focus on soils;
  • Basic statistical knowledge and capability to handle datasets with Excel;
  • Willingness to learn new measurement techniques in the lab
  • At least 1 year of laboratory experience doing sample preparation and processing
  • At least 1 year of experience with photometric assays (nitrogen, phosphorus)

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

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 21 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.

To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org

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