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Bioinformatic and Software Developer

Reference number: 100306
Job status: Inactive
Job category: Local Position
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

Bioinformatic and Software Developer



Duties and responsibilities

Data Analysis

  • Analyse agricultural research experiments (low, mid, and high-volume sequencing/genotyping data).
  • Processing of large files and perform various bioinformatics analysis.

Software development

  • Collaborate with software developers in the development and modification of commercial bioinformatics software.
  • Develop software or applications for scientific or technical use.
  • Developing Python and Angular / React (or other) web framework-based GUI web-apps.
  • Manage Linux based servers and understand virtualizations and dockers.

Local and International Support

  • Collaborate with technical specialists to resolve design or development problems.
  • Contribute to organizing and delivering OneCGIAR training programs in bioinformatics data analysis, data management, digitalization and using interlinked tools.
  • Support the integration of roles and projects into the new OneCGIAR global units.


  • Masters in life Science.
  • PhD qualification in the same field will be an added advantage
  • Thorough understanding of the field of work or specialized equipment.
  • Basic knowledge of administrative and/or operating protocols and procedures of research support function.
  • Up to 5 years work experience.
  • Conceptual knowledge and understanding of NGS data analysis, and pipeline development for variant calling & developing reference assemblies.
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and external contacts on routine work-related matters.
  • Competence in using shell scripts, Snakemake, Nextflow and/or WSL.
  • Experience in Core JAVA, using APIs and developing API driven applications.
  •  Proficiency in Python, Perl and R.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Ability to analyze complex data, carry out and explain computations or to resolve complex problems.
  • Identifying options based on research and consideration of their consequences.
  • Provides inputs into decision making on complex problems.
  • Deep understanding of NGS data analysis, and pipeline development for variant calling & developing reference assemblies.
  • Proficiency in using Linux and maintaining Linux based servers and clusters
  • Experience in web frameworks, such as Angular or React
  • Knowledge of relational data management systems and demonstrated ability to extract data and navigate systems
  • Experience in working within international organizations or multicultural organizations desired
  • Critical and Creative Thinking, Teamwork, Communication and Client Orientation skills.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Masters in life Science.
  • PhD qualification in the same field will be an added advantage.
  • Up to 5 years work experience.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position and on competitive remuneration in local currency, commensurate with skills and experience.

Application process

The application deadline is 12 Feb-2023
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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