Research Associate I - Urban Infant Foodscapes, Nairobi

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Research Associate in the Animal and Human Health programme to contribute to the Urban Infant Foodscapes project.

The Urban Infant Foodscapes project will quantify the burden of enteric infection among young children (6-24 months) and assess risk factors across three domains of the food system: the domestic environment, the local marketplace, and production and supply chain. The aim of this research is to inform the later development of an intervention to address food borne disease (FBD) in young children living in low-income urban communities.

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 centers 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.


  • Conduct laboratory analysis including bacterial cultures and antimicrobial sensitivity testing on stool and food samples
  • Conduct antimicrobial resistance testing using PCR and sequencing.
  • Be responsible for organizing the procurement, reception and monitoring of laboratory consumables and other equipment required for the Urban Infant Foodscapes project
  • Be responsible for daily recording of laboratory activities, as well as data recording
  • Support the work of students and fellows that may join the laboratory activities of the project(s)
  • Contribute to additional requests from the program according to skills and capacity
  • Keep detailed records of experiments, organize data, trouble-shoot and assist in determining most suitable experimental methodologies to optimize results, and present results to regular lab meetings.


  • A Bachelor's degree in microbiology or molecular biology. A master's will be an added advantage.
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience
  • Good theoretical background and experience in bacteriology including culture and antimicrobial sensitivity testing
  • Knowledge and experience with molecular techniques such as PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis and quantitative real-time PCR;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English;

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 1-year fixed term contract

Job Level

This position is job level HG10

  • 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 14 July 2019.
  • The position title and reference number
  • REF: RA-UIF/AHH/06/2019
  • 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.

To find out more about ILRI visit our websites at

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Deadline/closing date: 
Sunday, July 14, 2019