Research Scientist – Tree Physiology at Kenya Forestry Research Institute

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The Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is a state corporation established in 1986 and mandated to undertake research in forestry and allied natural resources. The institute conducts research and development activities under five thematic areas namely: Forest productivity and Improvement; Biodiversity and Environment Management; Forest Products Development; Social-economics, Policy and Governance and Technical Support Services. Mandate * Conduct research in forestry and allied natural resources; * Disseminate research findings; and * Establish partnerships and cooperate with other research organizations and institutions of higher learning in joint research and training. Strategic Objectives * To enhance: Vision 2030 delivery; customer/stakeholder satisfaction and retention; linkage and partnership with stakeholders; and livelihoods. * To increase forest technologies and innovations; enhance multi-sectoral and public-private sector research; enhance knowledge management and dissemination systems.



  • Plan and study relationships between rainfall, soil water, water use and tree physiology
  • Develop and coordinate multi-disciplinary research on ecosystem-based management, land-use, biodiversity and tree physiology;
  • Planning and undertaking experiments to study, measure and understand how plant behavior in different eco-systems
  • Conduct experiments on the effects of environmental factors, such as rainfall, temperature, sunlight, soil, topography and disease, on plant growth
  • Prioritizing research problems for implementation in tree physiology;
  • Participating in developing research concepts for donor support;
  • Participating in identifying relevant literature material;
  • Participating in identifying suitable sites for establishing experiment;
  • Participating in designing experimental trials to study tree physiology;
  • Participating in laying out of trials in the field and nurseries;
  • Undertake data collection from the trial, conduct data analysis and preparation of reports;
  • Participating in writing appropriate technical reports including research notes, technical notes, conference posters, dissemination flyers;
  • Supervising the implementation of dissemination activities that include Open days, field days, ASK shows, Radio and TV Talks;
  • Disseminating research findings in local and international fora that include seminar, workshops, congress;
  • Proposal writing to seek for funding from within and outside the Institute;
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff, interns, students on attachment and visitors including High School, Colleges;
  • Participating in implementing relevant ISO standards in Research and Development;
  • Participating in compiling of departmental quarterly and annual reports
  • Preparing and signing performance contracts with their supervisor; and
  • Any other duty as assigned from time to time


  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) minimum aggregate ‘C+’ (C plus) or its equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
  • At least an Upper Second Honors in Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry, Botany, Ecology or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
  • Masters degree in tree/plant Physiology or its equivalent from a recognized Institution;
  • Should have published at least two (2) Journal papers in the relevant journal;
  • Strong planning and time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict deadlines;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent presentation skills with the ability to engage audiences locally, regionally and globally;
  • Working experience in the same field is an added advantage;
  • Being a member of a professional body will be an added advantage; and
  • Certificate in Computer Applications from a recognized institution

Submit your CV, copies of relevant documents and Application to:

The Director/CEO,
Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI),
P.O. BOX 20412-00200,
City Square, NAIROBI.

Closing Date : 6 December. 2021


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