Vacancy at the World Agroforestry Centre: Genomics Laboratory Technician

About our organization

The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution, which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

To learn more about our organization, please visit our website:


About the position

To undertake the daily activities of the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) genomics laboratory. The AOCC is an international effort to improve the nutrition, productivity and climatic adaptability of some of Africa’s most important food crops. To learn more about AOCC, please visit our website: is


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collection and storage of plant samples for molecular analysis and sequencing.
  • Perform standard molecular procedures e.g. DNA/RNA extractions, gel electrophoresis, PCR amplifications, nucleic acid quantification, sample preparation for sequencing, operating sequencers, and sequence data analysis.
  • Updating an information database relevant for AOCC.
  • Follow and promote best laboratory practices, and help in the preparation and refinement of SOPs.
  • With the laboratory manager, ensure that all laboratory equipment is in good working order.
  • Ordering laboratory reagents & consumables in a timely manner.
  • Analyze research data; prepare progress reports, presentations and contribute to manuscripts for publication in referred journals.
  • Assist in laboratory and field trainings.
  • Participate in institutional trainings and seminars.
  • Conduct other research and reporting activities as directed by AOCC Laboratory Manager.



  • BSc. or MSc. in Molecular Biology, Genetics or Biotechnology,
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in in a molecular laboratory,
  • Good written and spoken English,
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills,
  • Computer literacy in MS Office.


Terms of offer

We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is remunerated on local terms. The appointment will be for an initial period of three (3) years, subject to a six (6) months’ probation period.


How to apply

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Applications will be considered until 23rd May 2014. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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