Deadline: 14 December 2023
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Fellow to lead Bioinformatic analysis within ILRI genomic platform that conduct research on a range of topics including genomic epidemiology and surveillance of pathogens in the context of one health, pandemic preparedness and climate change.
The Fellow will work with scientists and post-graduate students at ILRI-Kenya, and collaborating institutions such as Centre for epidemic response and innovation (CERI) in South Africa, African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) in Nigeria and the Africa CDC.
- This is position is open to both national and international applicants.
- The position is a two (2) year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
- ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; medical and other insurances.
- The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya
II. Key Responsibilities
- Bioinformatic data analysis for genomic epidemiology and surveillance
- Provide training and contribution to bioinformatic capacity building activities (e.g. supervision of post-graduate students at ILRI and conducting short term regional Bioinformatic training workshops
- Ensure integration of bioinformatics into the research and research planning process of ILRI Animal and Human Health programs including One Health Centre for Africa
- Proactively establish and build strong ILRI genomic platform in relationship with a range of local, regional and international partners and collaborators
- Contribute to the scientific quality of the research within the global genomic epidemiology and surveillance program (bio)informatics team
- Contribute to developing project reports and publish relevant findings on a timely basis in scientific literature and present at international scientific conferences
- Contribute to the development of resource mobilization proposals as appropriate
- PhD in bioinformatics or in biological sciences research driven by computational or related field
- Familiarity with metagenomic analysis, particularly the use and analysis of high-throughput sequencing data generated by a range of platforms
- Experiences in working in genomic epidemiology of Rift valley fever and extensive experience with wet lab experiments including NGS library preparation
- Ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams with minimal supervision, and experience working across disciplines and different cultural backgrounds.
IV. How to Apply?
- Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role 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 ILRI recruitment portal
- The position title and reference number: AHH/878/2023 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.
- ILRI thanks all applicants for their interest in working for the organization.
- Due to the high 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
ILRI works to improve food security and nutrition, and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 11 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, ILRI has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.