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PhD Fellow (Quantitative Genetics of Black Soldier Fly ), Flygene Project in Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

AD/9/193/23 – 1 POST

The Project

The University of Nairobi, in collaboration with Aarhus University’s Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (AU-QGG), the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), and Makerere University (MU), has received funding from the DANIDA Fellowship Centre (DFC) for a project on sustainable and efficient insect production for livestock feed through selective breeding (FLYgene). The project aims to improve the quantity and quality of Black Soldier Fly products through selective breeding in Kenya and Uganda. It will generate new knowledge in Black Soldier Fly (BSF) genetics, genomics, and phenomics for designing sustainable breeding programs in Kenya and Uganda. The project will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of entomologists, geneticists, bioinformaticians, electronic and computer engineers, and nutritionists to investigate innovative BSF phenotyping and family identification systems before establishing a breeding program. The project results are expected to lead to job creation opportunities and climate-friendly bio-waste management in a circular bioeconomy and cover several UN Sustainable Development Goals. To successfully implement the assignment, the Project seeks to competitively fill the following position.

The position

Reporting to the Project teams at the University of Nairobi, AU-QGG, ICIPE, JKAUT, and MU, the position entails carrying out quantitative genetics’ tasks in the FLYgene project. The PhD fellowship will focus on genetic parameters estimation for prioritized Black Soldier Fly (BSF) traits with the goal of implementing selective breeding programs in Kenya and Uganda. It also involves recording of phenotypes in founder BSF populations, estimation of genetic parameters, and developing breeding value prediction models.


This is a full-time position based in Nairobi. The PhD position will be primarily based at the University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya, with a minimum of one year research stay at Aarhus University (AU), Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (AU-QGG), Denmark, with a possibility of double-degree arrangement (AU-UoN) depending on availability of additional funding.

Job specifications

  • Have an MSc. in Animal Breeding and Genetics or an equivalent degree recognized by the UoN Senate.
  • Have solid knowledge of quantitative genetics, statistics, and animal breeding.
  • Have a good publication record, commensurate with their research experience.
  • Having prior research experience on BSF would be an added advantage.
  • Be available to start working on as soon as possible.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct high-quality research leading to practical impact and publications in high-impact journals (must beready to work towards publishing a minimum of one quality paper per year).
  • Contribute to research capacity building, including the training of undergraduate and MSc students in the Principal Investigator’s (PI) Department.
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Key skills/ experience required include:

  • Have good skills in scientific programming, at ease with Linux and the R language and other software such as DMU or ASREML.

Personal attributes:

  • Strong analytical, organizational and communication (in English, both oral and written) skills.
  • Highly motivated and independent with strong research skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Be a person of integrity and have an eye for details.

Terms of appointment

  • The appointment is for one year and is renewable based on satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and the availability of funds.


  • The PhD Fellowship is for a period of thirty-six (36) months.

Salary and benefits

  • The position offers an attractive salary in addition to professional and personal development for the duration of the project.

Study Coordinator – Pro -Act Project

AD/9/192/23 – 1 POST
Job summary

Coordinate Research and Clinical activities for a Mental Health Clinical trial in Nairobi, Homabay and Kisumu, Kenya.

Key responsibilities and Tasks

  •  Oversee implementation of the study protocol, participant care and safety, and adherence to regulatory requirements as set by the Kenyan government and collaborating institutions.
  •  Participate in study design, data analysis, writing of manuscripts, and presentation of data at conferences.
  •  Supervise and coordinate all study activities; Manage study staff.
  •  Serve as the primary liaison between the Kenyan implementation sites and US-based research sites.
  •  Monitor study progress in the form of weekly investigator calls and summaries.
  •  Participate in the development, piloting, and implementation of standard operating procedures, training materials, data collection forms, and data management systems.
  •  Ensure the clinical and research staff adhere to all human subjects’ protections, data and specimen collection procedures, data protection precautions, and any other study procedures.
  •  Ensure necessary local ethics review board approvals and renewals are obtained for the study and managing study ethics and human subject protection.
  •  Seek all county and facility approvals for the study to take place
  •  Respond to questions or issues raised by study staff, communicating concerns to the other team members or the PI as needed.
  •  Support the study data manager in quality assurance and control of raw data, including but not limited to protecting the confidentiality of participants’ information.
  •  Any other duties assigned by the study director.

Job Specifications

  •  Either Master’s degree in Psychology or equivalent OR a Bachelor degree with a strongbias in Education and Psychology or equivalent from an accredited Kenyan or US institution.
  •  At least 5 years’ experience in coordinating psychosocial services for adolescents and young adults in a clinical set up or the community.
  •  At least 3 years of coordinating health-related research activities.
  •  Professional training in research management and communication


  •  Demonstrated ability to plan, lead, coordinate, and accomplish both clinical care and research activities.
  •  Strong analytic, organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.
  •  Ability to work effectively as a member of a collaborative team
  •  Attention to detail and good work ethic.
  •  Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  •  Respectful, punctual, hardworking, and conscientious.
  •  Responsive to communication with international team members.

Terms of appointment

  • This a position whose tenure is one (1) year contract renewable based on performance and mutual consent.

Method of Application

Use the emails(s) below to apply

  • PhD Fellow (Quantitative Genetics of Black Soldier Fly ), Flygene Project in Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine – Apply Here
  • Study Coordinator – Pro -Act Project – Apply Here


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  • Applicants should email their application letters, certified copies of certificates and curriculum vitae (CV) giving details of their qualifications, experience and three (3) referees, as well as indicating their telephone and e-mail contacts.
  • Applications and related documents should be forwarded addressed to the Director, Human Resource, University of Nairobi.
  • Applicants should state their current designations, salaries and other benefits attached to those designations.
  • The application letter must bear the reference code indicated in the advertisement.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Applications should be emailed as one file in PDF