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Call for applications: Introduction to molecular biology and bioinformatics training workshop

March 6, 2015

The BecA-ILRI Hub will hold a training workshop on Introductory molecular biology and bioinformatics, from 11th to 22nd May 2015. The workshop is organised in partnership with the African Research Consortium for Ecosystem and Population Health (Afrique One). 


The training will be delivered by experts in molecular biology and bioinformatics from the BecA-ILRI Hub and its research partners.

It is an intensive 10-day training workshop at the BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, that will include lectures and hands-on training in genomic DNA purification, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequencing and bioinformatics among others.

Participants will also experience the research discovery process: potentially novel DNA sequences acquired by each participant will be analysed and discussed during the bioinformatics sessions.


This call seeks applicants from Eastern and Central Africa who require basic skills in molecular biology and bioinformatics to support their research. Graduate students and early career researchers will be selected based on: 

  • evidence of productive scholarship and research; 
  • relevance of the workshop to current research; and 
  • engagement in agricultural research within a national research institute or university. 

Applicant requirements

  • A national of one of the 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;
  • Affiliated with a national research program or university in the BecA region;
  • Currently engaged in biosciences research BSc, MSc or PhD (or higher) in biological sciences;
  • Good working knowledge of written and spoken English
  • The deadline to apply is 25 March 2015.

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