Research Job in Kenya

The International
Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate I to
support the Livestock Genetics research group and contribute to other related
activities particularly involving Precision Breeding and Reproductive
Technologies in support of a number of research projects.

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.


  • Preparation of laboratory reagents and stock
    taking of available chemicals,

  • Keep inventory of the laboratory materials and
    initiate replacements as required

  • Efficiently use and maintain scientific
    equipment/machines, reagents used in the laboratories  

  • Conduct day-to-day lab activities for livestock
    Precision breeding and reproductive technologies requirements,

  • Making orders for the required reagents and
    prepare electronic data for the lab,

  • Assist in livestock (poultry, goat, cattle, etc.)
    sample collection and processing when and where needed

  • Assist in all laboratory experiments as required

  • Support students and visiting scientists in
    laboratory protocols

  • Support and participate in reproductive
    technologies activities in LiveGene

  • Keep detailed records of experiments, organize
    data, trouble-shoot and assist in determining most suitable experimental
    methodologies to optimize time, resources, and results

  • Analyse data and present results at regular team

  • Perform any other related duties as may be


  • BSc degree in Veterinary Science, Biosciences,
    Biotechnology, Laboratory Technology, Biomedical technology, Clinical
    laboratory science, or allied reproductive technologies. 

  • One year relevant experience with degree or three
    years relevant experience with diploma

  • Experience with basic laboratory principles and

  • Experience in in vitro tissue culture

  • Experience with techniques in embryology, assisted
    reproductive technologies (ARTs) and cryopreservation

  • Experience in microscopy, gamete and embryo
    harvesting and culture

  • Experience working with scientific tests on animal
    cells/ tissues samples

  • Experience in genomic data analysis and reporting

  • Exposure to techniques in nuclear transfer, transcriptomic,
    metabolomics and molecular biology assays and bioinformatics will be added

Post location: The position will be
based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job
level HG 10 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. This is a temporary
position for 6 months.

How to apply

Applicants should send a
cover letter and CV expressing 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 here before 
21 February 2021. The position title
and reference number REF: 
should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

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