Call for applications: Data management and genotyping-by-sequencing analysis workshop

The BecA-ILRI Hub seeks to strengthen the capacity of the African scientific community, to conduct bioscience research and significantly contribute to improved agricultural products that can enhance livelihoods of farmers in the region.

As part of this capacity building programme, the BecA-ILRI Hub will hold a two-week training workshop on Data Management and GBS analysis from 5–16 June 2017. The first week of the workshop will focus on project organization, data management, data analysis, interpretation and visualization of various types of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) datasets. The second week will cover Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) data analysis and interpretation.

We are seeking applicants who require skills data management to support their research, priority will be given to participants who have NGS datasets, especially SNPs data. Researchers who are currently engaged in agricultural research within a national research organization or university are highly encouraged to apply.

About the program

The program will mainly address:

  1. Data cleaning, formatting and storage 
  2. Downstream statistical analyses for the following areas: (Metagenomics data, Genomics data, Transcriptomics data, Metabolomics data, Field data, Lab data, and other data)
  3. Variant discovery from SNPs data especially Diversity Array Technology (DArTseq) SNPs data
  4. Diversity analysis using TASSEL, R/RStudio, Structure.
  5. Genome-wide association study (GWAS) analysis
  6. Other GBS related topics.

A team of facilitators from the Ohio State University, USA; Earlham Institute, UK; collaborating CGIAR Centers and the BecA-ILRI Hub will conduct the training sessions.

Applicant requirements

  • A national of one of the following BecA countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Applicants from other African countries may be considered. 
  • Currently engaged in biosciences research and having NGS data, especially SNPs.
  • Proficiency in molecular biology and genomics
  • Holders of MSc or PhD in biological sciences
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken English 

Women researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application procedure

Online applications are submitted using the link given below:

*Please note that a letter of nomination/recommendation from head of department or home institution head is required.

*Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Key dates

  • Call release: 2 May 2017
  • Application deadline: 14 May 2017
  • Notification to successful applicants: 16 May 2017

About the training venue 

The training workshop will be held at the BecA-ILRI Hub located within the ILRI Campus, Nairobi, Kenya. BecA-ILRI Hub is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform located at and managed by ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya. The platform increases access to world-class laboratories for African and international scientists conducting research on African agricultural challenges. The BecA-ILRI Hub’s mission is mobilizing bioscience for Africa’s development, by providing a centre for excellence in agricultural biosciences. This enables research, capacity building and product incubation, conducted by scientists in Africa and for Africa, and empowers African institutions to harness innovations for regional impacts in improved agricultural productivity, income, and food and nutritional security. 

More information about the BecA-ILRI Hub is available at: 



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  • Guest (Boniface)

    I am interested in applying for participation in the Data management and genotyping-by-sequencing analysis workshop scheduled for 5 - 16, June 2017. However, my country, Nigeria is not listed among the countries you intend to draw participants from. Please, advise me on what steps to take.

    Thank you.

  • Dear Boniface, please go ahead and apply. We do accept applicants from other African countries, particularly those working within National Agricultural Research Institutions. All the best!

  • Guest (Focus E Yanda)

    I am interested in applying for call on dated workshop for " Data Management and GBS analysis from 5–16 June 2017" because my MSc research to be conducted on October has almost set of what you have programmed for the workshop. Please have a word to me because the workshop has much of my study.

  • Dear Focus, and all other potential applicants -

    The link to the online application form is :

    The deadline for application is 14 May 2017 (two days away).

    All the application requirements are included in the announcement above - there is the additional advice that applicants from African countries beyond the ones listed will be considered if they are working within National Agricultural Research Institutions.

    All the best!

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