Research Officer with Maternal and Child Nutrition under the Nutrition Research Division (Adv#156/2023)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Posted on : June 03, 2023Application deadline : June 10, 2023

Research Officer with Maternal and Child Nutrition under the Nutrition Research Division (Adv#156/2023)

icddr,b is a Bangladesh-based international health research institute that strives to solve key public health problems through high-quality scientific research and innovation. As a values-based organization, icddrb encourages women and people with disabilities.

In “Understanding the role of bacteriophages in child stunting” study, a research team of icddr,b will compare phage and bacterial communities obtained from stunted children and their healthy counterparts with metagenomics (bacterial 16S and phage genomics) over the course of 24 months (with a monthly-sampling setup), and will perform in vivo cross-infection experiments between these communities in a mouse model of caloric restriction with stunting. The proposed study will generate paramount knowledge on the impact of phage diversity in maintaining the balance between the commensal and pathogenic bacterial communities in the gut of children at early age. The study outcome will pave the way to develop therapeutic intervention to restore the bacterial communities in the gut of stunted children.

Position description:

The Research Officer will report to the Research Investigator. He/ She will perform biological sample processing, DNA extraction, Nanopore Sequencing, Sequence Analysis, qPCR, Epifluorescence microscopy, RPA Assay WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF providing support to the project team WITHIN the guidelines of project-specific field activities; and organisational values and guidelines The specific areas of responsibilities are detailed below:


  • Understand protocols developed by PI; Analyse protocol for feasibility of field implementation;
  • Provide inputs on protocol and methodologies;
  • Create preliminary budgets for protocols; Revise budgets after consultation with Research Investigator;
  • Review protocol for adherence to qualitative research principles and make appropriate suggestions in order to support creation of proposals and protocols with funding potential.
  • Perform laboratory tests and experiments following the protocol of the affiliated research project that includes: Sample processing; Isolation and determination of the abundance of bacteria;
  • Isolation and determination of the abundance of phage;
  • Sequencing; Sequencing Data analysis etc; Assure appropriate bio-safety measures in the laboratory during testing in order to ensure proper project implementation;
  • Perform molecular detection and identification of pathogen by ELISA, PCR (both conventional and Real Time), RPA assay;Prepare samples for testing following SOP;
  • Report results, maintaining strict confidentiality; Store samples from liquid nitrogen shipper for future research;
  • Maintain temperature log for sample and investigator products as well as temperature log in transit through cool box in order to carry out Research Laboratory Diagnostics smoothly;
  • Write initial report, based on one’s own analysis, experience and understanding of the work;
  • Discuss all team members’ initial reports together for consensus on findings;
  • Prepare final report for submission to supervisor; Revise final report based on feedback received from supervisor;
  • Review the manuscript written by Research Investigator and provide feedback in order to support scientific manuscript development;
  • Read latest literature regarding tests and procedures;
  • Review and update quality assurance manual; Train other staff on quality processes;
  • Participate in external quality assurance schemes.


Required qualification and experience:

  • MS in Biochemistry/Microbiology/Genetic Engineering;
  • 3 years of experience in related field. Candidates having expertise in Nanopore Sequencing/sequence analysis/ Epifluorescence microscopy/RPA Assay/NTDs research will be given preference.

Location: Dhaka

Contract Type and duration:

  • CSA basis for 03 months with a possibility of extension subject to availability of fund and performance.

Salary & benefits:

  • Tk.57,048/-per month (consolidated) inclusive of house rent and conveyance allowances;
  • Festival bonus, income tax paid by icddr,b and subsidized canteen; Transport and daycare facilities are subject to space availability.

Notes of attention:

  • Only short-listed candidates shall be invited for written test/interview;
  • The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised;
  • icddr,b does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Interested candidates who fulfill the requirements should submit online applications using icddr,b website: by 10th June 2023.






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