Early Post Doctoral Researcher

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We are seeking Early Post - Doctoral Researcher for a three-year WELLCOME funded G2P – Global Knowledge Exchange to Enable In Country Risk Assessment of SARS CoV-2 Variants aimed at determining the zoonotic potential of SARS-CoV-2 variants. The candidate will work with a team to develop system serology protocols to isolate monoclonal antibodies and measure functionality of the antibodies.


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The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Research Programme (KWTRP) researches diseases with the highest burden in developing countries for which it is recognised internationally within the fields of international public health, clinical tropical medicine, epidemiology and immunology. The programme aims to maximise opportunities for learning and training in order to maintain a cadre of highly skilled and experienced staff from all disciplines.

The goal of this funded G2P – Global Knowledge Exchange to Enable In Country Risk Assessment of SARS CoV-2 Variants is to assess the potential for spill-overs into domesticated and wild animal species and subsequent reservoir seeding; undertake in-country virological assessments of future virus outbreaks, and associated virus variants. To do this, the project will perform genomic surveillance of the variants, immunological profiling and monoclonal antibody discovery. This position will be based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme but will work collaboratively with external partners. The candidate will be expected to perform flowcytometry, cell sorting, library preparation, sequencing and sequence analysis, cloning, expression of mAbs and functional analysis

Reporting To:

  • Project Principal Investigator

Financial Responsibility:

  • None

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the research team in developing protocols for mAb isoloation, bioinformatics analysis and interpretation of large sequencing data sets generated on diverse platforms (NextSeq,MiSeq and NovaSeq).
  • Technology transfer from collaborating laboratories.
  • Training and supervision of ROs and junior staff
  • Designing exploratory analysis approaches and bioinformatics pipelines
  • Perform basic molecular biology procedures to generate sequencing libraries.
  • Presenting of project results at different forums, locally and internationally.
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific manuscripts
  • Ensuring that all work done complies with the applicable regulations concerning biohazards, data privacy, Good Clinical and Laboratory Practice and maintain all documentation.
  • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.


  • A Ph.D. in bioinformatics, data science or molecular biology/immunology
  • Upto 4 years Post doc experience
  • Experience in analysing large next-generation sequencing data.
  • Experience in using various analytical packages such as STATA and R
  • The candidate will be expected to organize their work to changing priorities and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of ability to work independently


  • Proficiency in programming in Python and software development stacks
  • Proficiency with the Pandas Data Library and Jupiter Software Ecosystem

Physical Environment/Conditions:

  • Based at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya but flexible to travel to other partner or collaborating institutions
  • Be available to work out of hours if necessary.
  • Exposure to materials considered infectious and/or biohazards.


  • Demonstrated high levels of confidentiality and integrity 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, presentation and communication skills 
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. 
  • Strong Management, leadership, and decision-making skills,  
  • Ability to build strong and diverse effective teams, delegation, and team motivation 
  • Ability to build productive and collaborative relationships with varied stakeholders


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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. 

The application closing date is 31 March, 2023

 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).