JOB ADVERTISEMENT RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Mpala is located on the Laikipia plateau in north-central Kenya, just north of the Equator, northwest of Mt. Kenya. It covers 48,000 acres of savannah and dry woodland habitats and is bordered by Ewaso Ngiro and the Ewaso Narok rivers. The land hosts Mpala Ranch and Mpala Research Centre. We seek a dynamic, committed and dedicated individual to work as a summer research assistant. This position is for one year starting April 2022.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

The candidate will be responsible for overseeing on-the-ground laboratory work of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance team (SDZWA).

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Enter sample information into a database, and share the database frequently back with program scientists. .
  2. Ensure that all laboratory equipment are properly maintained, tracked and stored.
  3. Assist the Program Coordinator to ensure there are enough laboratory supplies available to maintain scientific projects.
  4. Conduct extractions on samples received.
  5. Quantify DNA concentrations in samples using a fluorometer.
  6. Amplify target genes using PCRs.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  1. Minimum of a Diploma in molecular biology, microbiology, or related sciences.
  2. Statistical literacy and competence with R and/or Python/Unix/bash would be a plus.
  3. Experienced with working in a laboratory setting.
  4. Molecular biology experience working with DNA extractions and PCRs is a plus.
  5. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  6. Display initiative, drive, honesty, integrity, and a willingness to learn.
  7. Proficient computer knowledge (with MS Office, especially Word and Excel) and willingness to learn more.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

  1. A brief introduction of yourself (up to 300 words),stating why you would be an excellent research coordinator.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (C.V).
  3. Include your academic/professional certificates.

Please send a single pdf attachment with the subject RESEARCH ASSISTANT to jobs@mpala.org, or send hard copies of the documents addressed to the Head Of Human Resource and Administration, P.O. Box 555-10400 Nanyuki on or before 13th March 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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