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The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a State Corporation established through the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of 1979. It is one of the leading health research Institutes in Africa responsible for carrying out research in Kenya. KEMRI's vision is to be the leading centre of excellence in the promotion of quality health and its mission is to improve on the quality of health and human life through research.

The Institute under the Centre for Microbiology Research (CMR), invites applications for a post-doctoral research associate position to work on a multi-partner project investigating pathogen emergence in Nairobi, Kenya, with a focus on zoonotic, enteric bacteria. The particular focus of the work will be to use microbiology, molecular biology and whole genome sequencing to study the ecology and infection biology of these bacteria and as such would like to fill the following position:

Job Title: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (1 Post)

Reports To: Director, CMR

Duty Station: KEMRI-CMR (KNH Grounds)

Duration: 1 year Contract (Renewable)

  • PhD in Molecular Biology or a related field of Microbiology
  • Basic degree in a biomedical, veterinary or health sciences settings.
  • Knowledge of Good laboratory practices and standard operating procedures
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Be prepared to manage technical staff in the lab,
  • Be adept at writing and working to laboratory protocols
  • Able to participate in work operated by a multi-country investigative team


  • Managing and overseeing a molecular diagnostic laboratory activity at KEMRI-CMR, primary culture of field isolates,
  • Antibiotic resistance testing and bio-typing,
  • Preparation of DNA,
  • PCR investigations of bacterial diversity, preparation of material for sequencing and participation in data analysis and manuscript preparation
  • To work on E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter characterisation and antibiotic resistance testing by molecular techniques
  • To generate bacterial diversity data using a range of tools (eg ERIC-PCR, rep-PCR, MLST, VNTR) to determine the population biology of these bacteria
  • To prepare material for whole genome sequencing
  • To write up scientific research reports on progress.

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria should send their applications enclosing a detailed CV, copies of certificates and testimonials and contact information to the following address not later than 2nd May, 2014.
The Director
Kenya Medical Research Institute
P.O. BOX 54840-00200

Attn: Assistant Director, Human Resources
Or send by email to:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


The Zoonotic and Emerging Disease group studies a range of epidemiological issues revolving around the domestic livestock, wildlife and human interface

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