KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Officer Job Vacancies In Kenya

  • Published date: March 12, 2021
  • Category: Research
    • Location: Nairobi, Nairobi
  • Jop type:
  • Salary: Ksh Not mentioned
  • Company name: Jobs in Kenya

Job Description

Research Officer Job, Current Laboratory Technologist Jobs,

Reference Number: RO260221

Employment Type: Full time

Category:  Epidemiology and Demography

Country:  Kenya

Location:  Kilifi


To support molecular diagnostics, genome sequencing and bioinformatic analysis for a range of projects aimed at understanding the COVID-19 transmission dynamics in Kenya and building viral genomics capacity across East Africa. Viruses under investigation include SARS-CoV-2, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, endemic coronaviruses, and human metapneumovirus.


  • Molecular Virology lead 


  • Group PI 


  • Bioinformatic Lead 


  • None


  • Designing, implementing, optimizing and troubleshooting respiratory virus pathogen diagnostics and genome sequencing protocols

  • Leading molecular diagnostic screening for a range of virus targets in archived and ongoing respiratory samples collections that collected during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

  • Assembling viral genomes derived from next generation sequencers including Oxford Nanopore Technology and Illumina with either amplicon or metagenomic approach.

  • Undertaking phylogenetic analyses, producing reports, presenting arising results and leading writing of new scientific manuscripts.



  • BSc in Medical Laboratory Science and Technology, Molecular Biology Bioinformatics, or similar (Upper second honors or higher)

  • MSc in Microbiology/Biochemistry/ Bioinformatics/Molecular Biology with at least 3 years of work experience

  • Experience in virus molecular diagnostics and whole genome sequencing using NGS methods

  • Previous experience in respiratory virus gene/genome sequencing, bioinformatics and phylogenetic analysis of sequence data


  • Undertaken a Post-Graduate Diploma in relevant subject area

  • Knowledge and capability in programming for sequence data manipulations (e.g. R, python)

  • At least one first author  scientific publication/contribution in a peer review journal.


  • Understanding of virus sequencing approaches including NGS and phylogenetics

  • The ability to plan own workload and keep accurate scientific records in a change work priorities environment.

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills


  • Working in collaboration with members of the Viral Epidemiology and Control (VEC) group (laboratory and research), and with relevant Programme scientists such as those linked to Kilifi Bioinformatics Core (KBiC).

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