International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Post-Doctoral scientist

Application Deadline: August 26th 2021

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral scientist to support the theme lead Neglected Zoonotic Diseases(NZDs) with designing, implementing, analysing, and disseminating research activities within the Southern and East Africa region.

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 centres 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.

Key responsibilities

  • Design and implement a cross-sectional study on the prevalence of T. solium infection in pigs in Northern Uganda including designing protocols and data collection tools, applying for IREC and IACUC approval, employing and training short-term staff to undertake data collection, analysing data and leading publication of results in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Design and implement a longitudinal study on the impact of oxfendazole treatment on T. solium incidence, Gastro-intestinal parasite burden and weight gain, including collection of economic data for partial budget analysis
  • Collaborate with partners on spatial analysis of T. solium infections in the region
  • Collaborate with partners to develop guidelines for the reporting of One Health economic analysis studies
  • Publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and prepare conference/workshop presentations
  • Communicate findings to stakeholders, including researchers, press, ministries, livestock extension officers, farmers, donors, etc.;
  • Develop innovative concepts and ideas for future research projects (including assistance in proposal writing) related to the sustainable control of neglected zoonoses
  • Provide supervision to graduate fellows embedded within the NZD portfolio.
  • Support the NZD theme lead and OHRECA team lead with other tasks as requested

Requirements:

  • PhD in Epidemiology, Public Health, Animal or Human Health economics and related field
  • At least 5 years of implementing epidemiological or economic research preferably in agricultural research
  • Demonstrated experience with epidemiological and/or econometric methods
  • Expertise of data collection techniques in the field, data management and analysis
  • Experience in supervision and training of students, collaborating with partners
  • Experience of co-ordinating field and laboratory data collection, including experience of basic laboratory techniques (eg. aliquoting and storing samples, ELISA, DNA extraction)
  • experience of qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Have a valid driving license

Post location: The position will be based in Kenya with substantial travel within the region

Terms of Appointment

This is position is at job level HG 16 and it is open to both national and international applicants. The position is a 3-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.

Applications: 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‚Äôs professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 26/08/2021The position title and reference number: PDOC/07/2021 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

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