The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Officer 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 centers 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.
This position is supported by ICARS and in collaboration with the European Committee for Antimicrobial Susceptibility testing (EUCAST) to establish an Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) Center of Excellence and conduct regular trainings on AST to individuals from other laboratories, and to provide technical support for troubleshooting on an ongoing basis.
- Develop standard operating practices (SOPs) for AST for different bacterial species (human and veterinary)
- Implement AST quality control systems
- Organize trainings and workshops in phenotypic AST
- Develop materials and a curriculum for trainings and workshops on AST
Evaluate and calibrate AST methods against International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) reference methods
- Contribute to writing project reports, journal publications and other research outputs e.g. datasets, blog posts, etc.
- Co-ordinate the Microbiology Lab and ensure all equipment are in good working order
- Master’s in science in Medical Microbiology or similar relevant subject area
- Good theoretical background in microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, and molecular biology techniques
- Three years in a related or similar position
- Experience and knowledge in microbiological and antimicrobial susceptibility assays, and molecular biology techniques
- Experience working with Microsoft Office software e.g. Word, Excel and Powerpoint
- Developing laboratory SOPs
- Prior experience in lab management and lab supervision would be advantageous.
- Basic bioinformatic skills would be beneficial
- Demonstrate ability to produce high-quality written material in English is essential.
Application deadline is July 2, 2021.