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Research Assistant – Laboratory Management

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Assistant to manage to the overall running of the CTLGH laboratory and associated facilities located at ILRI, Nairobi. The Jobholder will be employed to work within the Nairobi Node of the Centre of Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health program. The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health is an alliance between the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). It was established to improve the productivity and health of livestock in sub-Saharan Africa using the latest genetic and genomics technologies and related innovations.
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


Research support

  • Provide and coordinate routine technical support in core genomics and advanced molecular biology techniques to a range of CTLGH projects led by resident and visiting scientists
  • Ensure the highest quality of laboratory practice is maintained
  • Advise CTLGH on innovations in equipment and technologies which are applicable to CTLGH projects.
  • Act as contact point with the Access and Benefits Sharing compliance officer to facilitate all approvals for project compliance with necessary regulations, such as Animal Care and Use, the Nagoya protocol and relevant national and international regulations
Laboratory management

  • Support the CTLGH management in supervision and running of the laboratory and associated facilities
  • Organize the procurement of equipment and reagents for the laboratory and ensure that adequate stocks are available
  • Ensure that all equipment and laboratory infrastructure are properly maintained.
  • Ensure that all equipment and operations within the laboratory are fully compliant with ILRI's health and safety requirements
  • Act as contact point with ILRI-BecA, which has responsibility for the overall management of the ILRI laboratories
  • Oversee the safe handling, storage and shipment of all biological specimens and samples, including acting as the contact point with ILRI's Biorepository Assistant
  • Ensure all necessary laboratory working arrangements are in place for visiting CTLGH scientists and collaborators

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required skills: Research and development; Technical support; Bidding and proposal generation; Research planning; Laboratory operation; Experimentation
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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