Assistant Research Officer

We are seeking an Assistant Research Officer (ARO) for a one-year Rapid Impact COVID-19 Project aimed at:

  1. Developing immunological assays for measuring immunity to SARS-Cov-2.
  2. Analysing the kinetics of the immune response to SARS-CoV-2.

This project aims to improve our understanding and interpretation of antibody assays being employed around the world for surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and to understand the role of the immune response in pathogenesis.


The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Research Programme (KWTRP) researches diseases with the highest burden in developing countries for which it is recognised internationally within the fields of international public health, clinical tropical medicine, epidemiology and immunology. The programme aims to maximise opportunities for learning and training in order to maintain a cadre of highly skilled and experienced staff from all disciplines.



  • To implement, optimize and troubleshoot various immunological assays including ELISAs, virus neutralisation, Fluorospots, and flow cytometry.
  • To generate kinetics data on the antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 using ELISAs, flow cytometry and neutralization assays.
  • To generate kinetics data on the cellular response to SARS-CoV-2 using Luminex, Fluorospot and flow cytometry-based technologies.
  • To manage and update sample shipments from other labs and usage at KWTRP.
  • To keep accurate laboratory records on the assay development and data generation
  • To perform preliminary analyses, produce and present the results
  • To contribute to the writing of scientific manuscripts
  • To present data at weekly group meetings and institutional seminars


  • A BSc degree in immunology, or an equivalent degree programme with a substantial component in immunology training.
  • At least One-year relevant work experience.
  • Experience with peripheral blood mononuclear cell isolation and counting.
  • Practical working knowledge of ELISAs, ELISpots, neutralisation and flow cytometry assays.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to keep accurate scientific records
  • Ability to work independently, organize and plan own workload and adapt to changing priorities
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Basic knowledge of R and other critical IT packages.
  • Experience in recombinant protein expression.


  • Based at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya but be flexible to travel to other partner or collaborating institutions
  • Be available to work out of hours if necessary
  • Exposure to materials considered infectious and/or biohazards.

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