Research Associate Job at Mount Kenya Academy

Research Associate Job at Mount Kenya Academy… See details on how to apply for the opportunities available at Mount Kenya Academy.

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  • Take a leading, practical role in the strategic and routine operation of a 15-month KTP collaborative project to ‘develop novel female fruit fly protein bait’. Close interaction with project partners from both academia (MKU and UWS) and Farmtrack Consulting Ltd will be needed.
  • Take a leading, practical role in the analysis and formulation of the protein bait using locally available materials.
  • Work with Project Team to carry out field efficacy trials for the developed product.
  • Work with Project Team to develop protocols for analysis and formulation of the product as well as efficacy trials under field conditions.
  • Under the guidance of the Project Team, develop protocols for rearing of fruit fly in the laboratory for use in the project experiments.
  • Co-ordinate and manage data (including data quality, integrity and security) acquired by the project, staff and external partners.
  • Prepare reports covering aspects of the research project and present to relevant audiences as required and completion of KTP final report.
  • Contribute to the preparation of articles for publication to peer reviewed journals.
  • Work closely with both Staff and Management in Farmtrack and the Academic Research Team within the Group.
  • Work on own initiative prioritizing workload to ensure achievement of research activities and project deadlines.
  • Coordinate workload with members of the Project Team within Farmtrack and MKU to avoid duplication of workload and conflict.
  • Undertake and/or co-ordinate data collection, data analysis, writing up of findings and dissemination of findings at appropriate conferences and industry events.
  • Use research resources/facilities as appropriate.
  • Analyze and interpret the results of research, and contribute to the generation of original ideas based on outcomes.


  • PhD in either entomology or analytical chemistry


  • MSc in entomology or analytical chemistry with 2 years’ experience in the 2 disciplines
  • Practical experience working on handling entomology laboratory
  • Experience in analytical chemistry instrumentation including GCMS and LCMS
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data from GC-MS and LC-MS
  • interpret results from GC-MS and LC-MS
  • Ability to properly document work and write reports and publish in peer reviewed journals
  • Well skilled in use of MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word document
  • Provide expert interpretation of data and compare results to established specifications or anticipated trends

Desirable: Experience in rearing of insects .

How to Apply

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Application Deadline: 23rd March 2022.

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