Wednesday, 1 February 2012

World Agroforestry Centre - Temporary Molecular Lab Technician Job in Nairobi Kenya

About our organization

The World Agroforestry Centre is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods.

As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

To learn more about our organization, please visit our website: www.worldagroforestry.org

About the position

The position of Temporary Molecular Lab Technician will be based at our headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and will report directly to the Molecular Lab Manager.

The incumbent will assist in assessing, monitoring and maintaining activities in the Molecular Laboratory.

Duties and responsibilities

1. Managing day-to-day activities in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory:
  • Preparing buffers
  • Updating laboratory protocols
  • Carrying out viability tests for DNA and enzymes in storage
  • Sterilizing equipment and glassware.
2. Assessing genetic diversity of Faidherbia.albida in ICRAF gene bank collections:
  • DNA extraction
  • AFLP analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Report/publication.
3. Ordering of required Molecular Lab reagents and following up on their delivery.

4. Maintaining the Molecular Genetics Laboratory inventory.

5. Guiding and directing PhD and MSc students and interns.

6. Co-ordinating visits in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory by:
  • Explaining the Molecular Lab processes and procedures to the visitors
  • Identifying and provide relevant information to the visitors.
Requirements
  • Degree in biotechnology or related disciplines with a minimum of one year experience
  • At least one year of experience in a Molecular Lab.
Terms of offer

The World Agroforestry Centre is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment.

We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualified women.

This position is on local terms and will be for an initial period of six (6) months, renewable subject to assessment of performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of resources.

How to apply

Applications for the position must include:
  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements and salary expectations
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses.
All correspondence should be addressed to the

Human Resources Unit,
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF),
PO Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya

OR via email: icrafhru@cgiar.org

and should indicate “Application for Temporary Molecular Lab Technician” on their application letters and email submissions.

Applications will be considered until 3rd February 2012.

Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted