Call for applications: Introduction to Laboratory Management and Equipment Operations Training Workshop

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As part of its capacity building program, the BecA-ILRI Hub will hold a training workshop Laboratory Management and Equipment Operations Training Workshop at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania on the 16th- 20th June 2014.

Scope of the training workshop
Efficient management of any laboratory facility is necessary to ensure that research is quality controlled and resources are utilized cost effectively. Laboratory management practices must ensure compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks for health and safety, waste management, import and export of biological materials and biosafety. In addition the management of laboratory equipment is a core function and contributes significantly towards the success of any laboratory. Therefore, good laboratory management skills are necessary for personnel charged with management of these vital facilities.
This course aims to cover the following scope; lab design and classification, lab information management system (LIMS), lab quality control, equipment operations and maintenance. Also included are laboratory health and safety, procurement procedures, shipping of biological samples and materials transfer agreements.

Who can apply/selection criteria
The Hub is seeking applicants from eastern and central Africa region who require basics skills in laboratory management. The training is targeting Laboratory heads or supervisors, Scientists and Laboratory/research technicians.  In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be nationals of BecA countries are eligible (Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda).
  • Strong affiliation with a national agricultural research program or institution or university in any of the above BecA countries.
  • Currently engaged in agricultural biosciences research.
  • Holders of BSc, MSc or PhD in biosciences or a related subject.
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Have a letter of nomination/recommendation from head of department or institution head.

Women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application process

Important dates

  • The online application form must be submitted by mid-night, 17th April 2014 (Nairobi time).
  • Applications received after the deadline or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 19th May 2014.

Workshop sponsors

  • The Australia Government Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through a partnership between Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the BecA-ILRI Hub.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
  • The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.
  • The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology

Thank you for considering this opportunity and we look forward to hearing from you.


Attachments: Download this file (Concept note IPLMEO.pdf)Concept note IPLMEO.pdf[ ]72 Kb Download this file (IPLMEO Draft program.pdf)Draft Workshop Program[ ]138 Kb

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  • Guest (Jonathan Okecha)

    It is a move in the right direction. Laboratory technologists and technicians need to update themselves regularly lest they begin doing practicals based on their individual believes or procedures conjured up by a themselves which turn up to be far removed from the accepted norm.

    Professional scientists as well need this training so that they can guide the learners under their instructions well. besides, an 'un-oiled vehicle develops friction' therefore the promotion of personal efficiency is paramount in doing research-know the equipment you are using. For instance, I have longed for Phase Contrast Microscopy and Fluorescence Microscopy pieces of equipment for a very
    long time for use during my practical classes.

  • Guest (Chanasa Ngeleja)

    Thanks for the information on the call on Introduction to Principles in Laboratory Management and Equipment Operations Training Workshop. Will the participants be fully sponsored? Also i have noted that both attachments accompanied in the call are on the programme, i.e the concept note is not there. Thanks.

  • Guest (Jemal Aman)

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am project manager of MIT plant tissue Culture in Ethiopia. we have very huge laboratory in horn of Africa with annual production capacity of 40 million plantlets. this laboratory is having different equipments and laboratory set up. I am really interested in your training as it will help me in managing the whole system smoothly. But Since I am project manager the letter of recommendation can't be issued by my self. So shall I do. Is there any possibility to bring it from Human resource department of our institute. Hoping to hear your response soon.

  • Guest (Mulat Dagnew)

    Thanks to the call for introduction to Laboratory Management and Equipment Operations capacity building training. It is a break through for Laboratory technologists and scientists to exercise their profession and share ideas in advanced way. Do the participants fully sponsored for any expense in the training. Thanks a lot !!!

  • Guest (Banboye)

    This is a very good opportunity for lab technicians and assistants.
    Just wish to know if everything ie, travel, accommodation, etc will entirely taken care of by the sponsors of the workshop

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