International Livestock Research Institute — Training in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Workshop Scholarship
The Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub seeks to strengthen the capacity of the African scientific community to conduct bioscience research that will improve agricultural products and enhance food security in the region. As part of its capacity building programme, the BecA-ILRI Hub in collaboration with the Rwanda Agriculture Board, Rubona Centre will hold a training workshop on Introduction to Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics (IMBB) from 1-12 May 2017.
Selected applicants will attend an intensive 10-day training workshop consisting of lectures and hands-on training in pathogen isolation and morphology, nucleic acid purification, molecular diagnosis by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), RLFP-PCR and isothermal nucleic acid amplification (LAMP) PCR, DNA sequencing, bioinformatics and other matching aspects. Participants will also experience the research discovery process whereby potentially novel DNA sequences acquired by each participant will be analyzed and discussed during the bioinformatics sessions. Bioscience experts from the BecA-ILRI Hub and research partners will deliver the IMBB Training.
The Hub is seeking applicants from African NARS who require basics skills in molecular biology and bioinformatics to support their research. The training is targeting early career researchers in NARS, based on evidence of productive research, relevance of the workshop to applicant’s current research, and visible engagement in agricultural research within a national research institute or University. Additionally, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• The call primarily targets nationals of BecA countries (Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda).
• Strong affiliation with a national agricultural research program or institution or University in any of the above BecA countries.
• Currently engaged in agricultural biosciences research.
• Holders of MSc or PhD, or equivalent, in biosciences or a related subject.
• Good working knowledge of written and spoken English.
• Endorsement by applicant’s home institution through Letter of nomination/recommendation from
head of department or institution head.
• Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
Please include a CV and a signed and dated letter of nomination/recommendation for your application, obtained from the head of your department or institute.