The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate to provide technical support to various microbiological projects within the ILRI Biosciences program.
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.
The Research Associate will perform microbiological assays like bacterial isolation and identification, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and, is also familiar with basic molecular biology assays (e.g. DNA extraction and PCR).
- Process different samples from animals, humans, food and the environment to isolate, quantify and identify specific bacterial species
- Perform antimicrobial susceptibility test using agar dilution or broth dilution methods such as disc diffusion and MIC testing
- Perform molecular biology techniques e.g. nucleic acid extractions, PCRs and qPCR Basic bioinformatic skills would be advantageous.
- Keep a sample, strain and consumable database using excel.
- Follow strict good laboratory practices including aseptic techniques
- Assist in laboratory and workshop trainings
- Conduct other research activities as directed by the team
- Bachelor of Science in Biosciences, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Laboratory Technology, Biomedical technology, Clinical laboratory Sciences
- At least one-year relevant work experience with degree or three years relevant experience with diploma
- Good theoretical background in microbiology and antimicrobial resistance
- Experience and knowledge in microbiological, antimicrobial susceptibility assays, and molecular biology techniques
- Experience working with Microsoft Office software e.g. Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Basic bioinformatic skills would be advantageous.
Application Deadline is July 6, 2021.