JOB OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer Research Assistants

SUA-APOPO is a research project at the Sokoine University of Agriculture that trains African giant pouched rats (Cricetomys ansorgei), to detect landmines and tuberculosis.

SUA-APOPO is currently seeking inquisitive and motivated Tanzanians to volunteer with our researchers conducting animal behavior research relevant to the rats’ scent detection abilities.

Job Summary:

Volunteer research assistants will be primarily responsible for supporting APOPO’s management and research teams in the design, execution, and analysis of behavioral research studies. This includes activities such as research session planning, odor sample preparation, and data entry, as well as animal training, handling, and feeding.

Essential Functions:

  • Support ongoing research by participating in team meetings, assisting with data collection and analysis, preparing odor samples, etc.
  • Assist with planning, execution, and analysis of behavioral experiments with rats
  • Collect and record relevant data in a timely manner
  • Feed, handle, and conduct experiment and exercise routines with rats
  • Manage research material inventory

Education, Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate should have had a strong scientific education/training, and/or prior research experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in science and strong verbal and written English are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate must possess strong organizational, planning, and time management’s skills with the ability to oversee multiple tasks. We also expect strong problem-solving skills with the ability to be resourceful, proactive, and seek assistance as needed.

Application with copies of academic certificate (university degree), transcript and relevant supporting documents should be submitted by email to not later than two weeks after first appearance of this advertisement.

Pest Management Centre
Sokoine University of Agriculture
P.O. Box 3110


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