Position title
Postdoctoral Fellow

icipe is a pan-African Centre of excellence in research for development and capacity building in insect science and its applications. Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base. Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to science and innovation required to meet the health and food security challenges of sub-Saharan Africa. The Centre has achieved this status by developing alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management technologies and products that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and has operations in more than 40 African countries and thriving partnerships with universities and research organizations across the world. Employing close to 500 international and national staff, icipe also has approximately 150 graduate students who contribute to its research portfolio annually.

icipe is seeking an outstanding, dynamic, and self-motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to work in the Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit, in support of the achievement of the objectives, vision and mission of the Centre.

The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Headquarter, Duduville campus. The position will be offered for an initial contract of one year, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position and performance of the staff member. The post will be full-time for the appropriately qualified candidate. A competitive and generous compensation package will be offered to the right candidate for the position. Furthermore, the incumbent will receive paid annual vacation, return airfare for themselves and their dependents to their nominated home base each year, and duty-free privileges. If the successful candidate is appointed from outside Kenya, he or she will be offered support to relocate to the country and settle in Nairobi, Kenya and will also receive paid return airfare for themselves and their dependents to their nominated home base each year and enjoy duty-free privileges for nonresidents.

Job Purpose

To develop a nature-based surveillance system derived from semiochemicals for legume pests to reduce farmer reliance on environmentally damaging insecticide for crop protection.

Specific Duties

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Field test Clavigralla aggregation pheromone for optimization and use in biological control with natural enemies.
  • Identify a natural source of the aggregation pheromone for use by small holder farmers.
  • Elucidate the sensory biology of pheromone detection by Clavigralla and its key natural enemies.
  • Investigate the role of background odors in pheromone detection in different cropping systems.
  1. A PhD degree in Entomology/Chemistry with a strong focus on Chemical Ecology of PlantInsect Interactions.
  2. At least 2 years' post PhD experience working in a chemical ecology laboratory with field experience.
  3. Experience working on legume pests a plus.
  4. Excellent publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals required.
  5. Excellent written and oral communication essential for the position.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to mobilise resources for effective research.
  • Ability to create and foster an innovative work environment, including team building to deliver on agreed goals.
  • High degree of organisation, adaptability, and prioritisation.
  • Experience in capacity building through supervision and mentorship of MSc and undergraduate students.
  • Excellent communication skills and collaborative network of partners at national and international levels


This position reports to the Research Consultant and Head, Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit

Application Process

Applications will be accepted up to 25th January 2023. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter; (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses); (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/ competencies/abilities and skills; (d) share at least two published papers relevant to this position.

Details for Non-residents & Foreigners

Living in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is cosmopolitan with a population of over four million people. Nairobi is a regional hub of many commercial and non-governmental organizations and has a thriving international research scene, hosting various CGIAR centres, as well as several UN agencies. It hosts all the urban and social amenities, and offers a comfortable, convenient and pleasurable life. A wide variety of excellent international schools and well-equipped medical facilities are open 24/7 in Nairobi. The city is also accessible by various reputable international airline carriers.

Employment Type
Duration of employment
1 Year
Job Location
icipe Headquarter, Duduville campus, Nairobi, Kenya
Date posted
January 5, 2023
Valid through
January 25, 2023
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