KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme – Research Officer.

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Reference Number: RO-09122021

Employment Type: Full time
Category: Epidemiology and Demography
Job Grade: 7.01
Country: Kenya
Location: Kilifi

To support epidemiological and laboratory activities for a range of projects within the Epidemiology and demography department. These include immuno-surveillance for COVID-19, analysis of risk factors for post pneumonia discharge mortality in Kenya and providing management and oversight for laboratory projects under the ambit of group projects.



  • Principal Investigator


  • None


The position holder will have responsibilities as an Research Officer (ARO) as follows:

  • Supporting immunoassays for SARS CoV-2 variant evaluation.
  • Analysis of public health interventions to reduce paediatric pneumonia in Kenya.
  • Coordinating sample processing, shipment and analysis within the department.
  • Supervision of junior scientists.
  • Grant and manuscript development.



  • Master’s in Public Health.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science, or similar (Upper second honours or higher)
  • 3 Years minimum relevant experience.


  • Undertaken a course in Biostatistics or health informatics
  • Successful development of grant or fellowship proposal
  • Evidence of scientific publication.


  • Good leadership and managerial skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Mentorship and training of junior scientists in an academic environment.
  • Good planning, organisation and co-ordination skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to take and follow instructions, initiative, keen to learn and proactive with the ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, ability to multi-task.
  • Confidentiality and integrity.


  • Working in collaboration with Programme scientists and collaborators in Europe and the United States.


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Candidates must supply an email and telephone contact that will be used when offering interviews.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates shall be required to produce ORIGINALS of their National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates, original transcripts and testimonials, detailed curriculum vitae and valid clearance certificate (certificate of good conduct) during the interviews. 

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The application closing date is 23 December, 2021. 

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is an equal opportunity employer. Direct or indirect canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.  KWTRP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).




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