Research Assistant –Analytical chemist (closing date: 29 January 2019)

The BecA-ILRI Hub, through ILRI, seeks to recruit a Research Assistant –Analytical chemist to provide technical support in diagnostics and analytical chemistry.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support research fellows (ABCFs) and other researchers through training and supervision
  • Work as part of a team conducting capacity building and research with scientists from universities and National Agricultural Research Institutes from Eastern and Central Africa, and beyond. Specific responsibilities are in the area of diagnostics and analytical chemistry;
  • Conduct research and implement laboratory operations at a logistical level (including help in development of standard operating procedures, managing consumables stocks and procurement, drafting risk assessments and obtaining permits) under the supervision of the nutritional analysis-mycotoxin project leader and in consultation with other team members;
  • Ensure observation of good laboratory practice including drafting risk assessments and surveillance of laboratory users’ activity;
  • Operate a subset of the platform’s laboratory equipment, including several of the following: ELISA, fluorometer, UPLC, AAS, UV-VIS, NIR, GCMS, LCMS;
  • Prepare laboratory chemical reagents and media;
  • Carry out routine tasks such as sampling and sample testing, contribute to the development of laboratory protocols within the nutritional analysis-mycotoxins platform, conduct data analysis and interpretation;
  • Conduct induction and periodical training of lab members and other partners.


  • MSc in analytical chemistry or equivalent and at least two years relevant working experience;
  • Expertise in analytical chemistry and diagnostics, including: sampling strategies, extraction procedures, standards preparation, data analysis and interpretation, equipment operations, troubleshooting, routine equipment maintenance;
  • Experience working in a laboratory setting;
  • Experience with experimental design and sampling procedures;
  • Experience developing and following detailed SOPs;
  • Knowledge of MS Office; and with statistical analyses and database usage;
  • Knowledge of Quality Assurance and control procedures;
  • Experience with mycology, molecular biology and genetics;
  • Experience developing databases;
  • Experience conducting teaching and training.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, work independently and work productively in a multidisciplinary, multicultural team;
  • Ability to adapt new technology and methods to enhance program effectiveness;
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken.

Terms of Appointment

This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position based at ILRI’s Nairobi campus. It is open to Kenyan nationals only. The position is on a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Job Level

This position is job level 2C, level 2, and ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; pension, medical and other insurances for ILRI’s Nationally Recruited Staff.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV explaining 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 through our recruitment portal on or before 29 January 2019. The position title and reference number REF: BecA/1/2019 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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