KWTRP Assistant Research Officer Job

Job Purpose

The incumbent will largely be involved in performing cell sorting and phenotypic analysis. Ability to perform and troubleshoot basic flow cytometry and cell sorting procedures will be an added advantage. The job is based at KWTRP in Kilifi, Kenya but the incumbent will also interact and work closely with IAVI collaborating institutions.


REPORTS TO: Group lead Postdoc and to the Principal Investigator


BUDGET AND FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Will be responsible for a laptop, data storage and together with the PI, manage budget allocated for flow cytometry analysis.

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform daily maintenance of the flow cytometers, regular Quality Control and co-ordination with BD field service team for machine servicing and repair.
  • Design and test flow cytometry analysis panels.
  • Perform flow cytometry and cell sorting for clinical trial analysis and exploratory research projects.
  • Undergo extensive training in flow cytometry (both software and hardware) and participate in knowledge transfer to the research team.
  • Lead the trouble shooting process for any arising flow cytometry technical issues.
  • Collate flow cytometry data generated and provide summaries of the same.
  • Manage the inventory and procurement of flowcytometry reagents and consumables.
  • Ensure 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences,
  • Extensive hands-on experience in flow cytometry or a Masters’ degree in Immunology will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in using Flowjo or any other flow cytometry analysis package.
  • Experience in using various analytical packages such as STATA and R


  • Keen interest in research
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to present and summarise results for reporting and publication.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Team working skills with the ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.

Physical Environment

  • Based at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya but be 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.

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