Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

Bioinformatician Vacancy - ICIPE Ref. No. IRS/143/122015

icipe — African Insect Science for Food and Health is a world-class research centre with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and building the capacity of researchers and communities across the developing world through the application of insect sciences. Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. icipe has a proud reputation and history of delivering world-quality science that has made crucial contributions to African food and health policy, delivered development outcomes to rural communities, and has been at the forefront of building Africa’s biological research capacity. The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research organisations, not only across Africa, but also the globe. In addition, more than 100 graduate students and a number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually. For more information visit: www.icipe.org

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icipe wishes to recruit a suitable person to fill the position of Bioinformatician in the Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Unit, enrolled on the H3Africa Bioinformatics Network grant. The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. The appointment will initially be for 18 months, renewable subject to further funding. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

Living in Nairobi:
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya, with a population of over three million and plentiful supermarkets, malls, bars and restaurants, as well as many parks and open spaces. Although it is important to be conscious of security, Kenyans are warm, welcoming and forgiving of visitors. Nairobi has a thriving international research scene, hosting various CGIAR centres and several UN agencies. icipe employs a number of international staff.

Overall purpose of the job:

To provide support for training and data analysis at the Centre in collaboration with a network of bioinformaticians in 20 African countries, as well as geneticists and clinical researchers who will be generating large health- related datasets for analysis.

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Manage and ensure quality control of genomics and other metadata;
  • Design, establish and manage databases to store and share sequencing data;
  • Develop pipelines for genome assembly, annotation and other computational analyses;
  • In collaboration with others, design, organise and manage group capacity building activities;
  • Supervise bioinformatics students;
  • Support other Centre requirements.

Knowledge required for performing the job:

  • Knowledge of bioinformatics computational packages;
  • Solid working knowledge of various bioinformatics packages used for genome data analysis;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in English.

Experience in the following areas will be considered an asset:

  • Skills in Linux installation, configuration and administration;
  • Knowledge of genome sequencing strategies;
  • Familiarity with concepts in Next Generation Sequencing, Genotyping, Genome Wide Association analysis, SNP/Variant analysis.


  • Minimum MSc degree in bioinformatics or closely related field.
  • At least one years’ working experience in a bioinformatics position.
  • Proven experience in programming and web-site development.
  • An understanding and working knowledge of advanced computer systems (such as high-performance clusters).

Other desirable attributes:

  • Early career scientist
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills that establish a good working relationship with customers/ clients.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and monitor and follow-up on pending matters under minimum supervision.


This position reports to the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator.The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.

Applications will be accepted up to 8th January 2016, or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier. Interested applicants should submit:

  1. a confidential cover letter (maximum 2 pages)
  2. detailed CV (maximum 4 pages) with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses)
  3. a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/abilities and skills.

Candidates are required to apply online through: http://recruit.icipe.org

icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equity, teamwork, and respect for diversity.