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KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme Job Vacancy : Assistant Research Officer

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KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme Job Vacancy : Assistant Research Officer
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is one of the leading research centres in Africa. The Programme engages in a wide range of research on the main causes of ill health in Africa.The Bioscience department, KWTRP is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work in the Next Generation
 (9 Months Contract)

Roles for the Assistant Research Officer Job

To undertake sequencing and bioinformatics analysis for a project aimed at understanding the transmission pathways of respiratory viruses in Kenya.  Viruses under investigation include rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, coronavirus, and human metapneumovirus.
  • Implementing, optimizing and troubleshooting viral pathogen sequencing protocols
  • Developing a multi-species whole genome sequencing method for rhinovirus to investigate sequences in large archive of respiratory samples
  • Molecular diagnostic screening for a range of virus targets in archived and ongoing respiratory samples collections
  • Assembling viral sequence contigs from the raw sequencing reads derived from next generation sequencers
  • Performing phylogenetic analyses, producing reports and presenting arising results
  • Contributing to scientific manuscripts and other dissemination activities

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Assistant Research Officer Job Qualifications:

  • BSc in Medical Laboratory Science and Technology, Molecular Biology Bioinformatics, or similar (Upper second honors or higher)
  • At least 1 year experience in virus molecular diagnostics
  • Experience in virus whole genome sequencing using Sanger and NGS methods
  • Previous experience in rhinovirus typing and sequencing
  • Capability in 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)
  • A one-year research experience and evidence of scientific publication/contribution
Skills And Competence:
  • Understanding of virus sequencing including NGS and phylogenetics
  • The ability to plan own workload and keep accurate scientific records.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to organize work to changing priorities is essential
  • 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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