KWS Laboratory Technician Job in Kenya – USAID Elephant Genetics Project

Recruitment of a Laboratory Technician under the USAID Elephant Genetics Project

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has received funding from the USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) for implementing the Elephant Genetics Project through its Forensic & Genetics Laboratory for a period of three (3) years.


The main objective of the project is to develop the capacity of the laboratory for monitoring the illegal killing of elephants and to provide legal molecular evidence for the prosecution of ivory traffickers in the country and the East African Region.
The project seeks to engage dynamic, innovative and experienced individual to fill the following position at its Headquarters.

Laboratory Technician

JG ”7”
One (1) Post

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the overall responsibility will be to undertake laboratory work on elephant genetics in the country.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and test PCR protocols for elephant genetics
  • Perform all laboratory analyses including DNA extraction and PCR on all extracted elephant samples
  • Perform all data analyses related project including sequence processing and fragment length analysis
  • Maintain the elephant tissue and DNA sample bank during the life of the Project
  • Manage all project data, including the maintenance of sample records, reagent procurement records, etc
  • Report weekly laboratory progress to the Principle investigator and co-investigators or designated persons
  • Any other duties assigned by the Principle Investigator of the Project
Job requirements
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (upper second class).
  • Two (2) years of experience working in a molecular genetics laboratory.
  • Previous experience working with mitochondrial and microsatellite markers and sequence analyses will be desirable.
  • Familiarity with Population Genetics will provide an added advantage.
  • Proficiency in sequence editing and processing using Genious, Sequencher or any sequence analysis software will be desirable.
  • Familiarity with population genetic software such as MEGA, DNAsp will be an added advantage.
How to Apply

Interested and suitably qualified individuals should forward their applications enclosing copies of their academic and professional certificates, copy of ID card, detailed CV indicating work experience, current remuneration and employer, daytime telephone contact – both office and mobile, names, addresses and emails of three (3) referees to the address below not later than Thursday 30th June, 2016 at 4.00pm.

Director General
Kenya Wildlife Service
P. O. Box 40241 – 00100
Nairobi, Kenya.

KWS is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and culture; women and persons with disabilities are therefore encouraged to apply.

Organization: KWS

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