LABORATORY TECHNICIAN – JOB ADVERTISEMENT

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 laboratory technician.

Duties and Responsibilities

Sample Handling and Preservation

  1. Sample Handling and Preservation
  2. Receive samples from researchers and students affiliated to Mpala as well as external clients.
  3. In consultation with project technicians, enter sample information into a database, and update the database frequently to include all samples submitted
    and stored.
  4. Train students/researchers on proper sample collection, handling and preservation. This may include taking part in field collection and ensuring compliance to accepted field collection techniques.
  5. In consultation with researchers and the infrastructure team establish a robust monitoring plan and maintenance schedule for fridges, freezers
    and other equipment to ensure that their performance meets the expected threshold and inventory management.
  6. Ensure compliance with relevant regulations on biosafety and biosecurity in sample collection, handling, storage and disposal.

Equipment and Supplies Inventory Maintenance

  1. Assist the program scientists in DNA library preparation, sequencing, and bioinformatics as necessary.
  2. Adhere to established Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  3. Establish and update SOPs.
  4. Ensure equitable access to laboratory space and facilities amongst various users, by establishing a robust scheduling by time or space.
  5. Ensure that the laboratory processes comply with the relevant guidelines requirements and the provisions of Kenyan laws.
  6. Ensure adherence to health and safety guidelines and protocals as provided for by the law.
  7. Ensure proper communication to all relevant stakeholders including the staff and other scientists at Mpala, as per the facilities use agreements,
    communication policy and service charter.
  8. Work with researchers to conduct educational workshops, coordinate visits and educational tours at the facility for stakeholders to strengthen
    the dissemination of research findings.
  9. Carry out and /or supervise laboratory analyses,
    including:
    • Conduct extractions on samples received, either by hand or using an Opentrons robot.
    • Quantify DNA concentrations in samples using a fluorometer.
    • Amplify target genes using PCRs.
    • Run gel electrophoresis to spot-check PCR success.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  1. Minimum of a Degree in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biotechnology.
  2. Computer literacy and competence with MS Office, especially Word and Excel.
  3. Statistics literacy and competence with R and/or Python/Unix/bash would be a plus.
  4. Past experience working in a genomics laboratory.
  5. Have molecular biology experience working with nucleic acid extractions and PCRs.
  6. Experience with DNA library prep and sequencing is an added advantage.
  7. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  8. Must be flexible to work in the field for long hours when required.
  9. Display initiative, drive, honesty, integrity, and a willingness to learn.
  10. Experience, knowledge in working with wildlife/ livestock research or samples will be an added advantage

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

Please send a single pdf attachment with the subject laboratory technician 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.

• A brief introduction of yourself (up to 300 words),stating why you would be an excellent laboratory technician.
• Curriculum Vitae (C.V).
• Include your academic/professional certificates.
Application will be reviewed as received. The last day of review will be 23rd December 2022.

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