Posted on :
25 Sep, 2017
25 Sep, 2017
About the organization: Aspire Food Group is an international social enterprise dedicated to the sustainable practice of farming edible insects. With offices in the US and Ghana, Aspire seeks to farm locally desired insects as a way to address food insecurity. In Ghana, Aspire farms the palm weevil larva, a local delicacy that has been traditionally harvested. In addition, Aspire Ghana has also taught several hundred farmers in Southern and Central Ghana to be able to farm their own larva as a
source of household animal protein and as an opportunity for increased income. Aspire Ghana seeks to rapidly scale its production, co-develop packaged products, take advantage of export opportunities to other West African countries, support its network of farmers to scale their production and to advance research on the palm weevil larvae.
Job Title: Research Technician
Role description: Aspire Food Group Ghana is looking for a driven, detail- oriented, analytical research technician. The research technician would be part of a team that focuses on designing, executing and analyzing experiments aimed at increasing the efficiency of current palm weevil larvae rearing techniques. The majority of the role would take place in Aspire’s test farm and in an office setting. The research technician must be comfortable working in farm-like conditions.
While the research technician will be supported by a strong team, he/she must be comfortable taking initiative and supporting his/her own projects. The technician must be able to transport themselves to the on-site location of Aspire Ghana’s farm on Mango Road, KNUST Campus on a daily basis.
Analyze agricultural waste substrates under a microscope for insect infestation and egg laying
Set-up and execute farming experiments
Record data on farming experiments and on farming environment
Analyze data related to farm experiments
Present experimental findings to the rest of the team
Share responsibilities for laboratory management
Scientific and working proficiency in spoken and written English
Bachelor’s level degree in Entomology or related field (Biology, Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Animal Sciences, )
Highly proficient in Word, Excel and Powerpoint
Experienced with conducting statistical analyses on Excel
Diligent, punctual, hardworking
Excellent communication skills; familiar with quick & responsive email communication
Basic lab skills such as microscope use
Work under little supervision
Ability to design, observe and make appropriate conclusions for research experiments with adult, larvae and egg stages of insects
Excellent record keeping and documentation skills
Must be able to trouble-shoot to achieve organizational goals
Start Date: as soon as possible
Compensation: commensurate with experience
Benefits: mobile allowance, health insurance after a 3-month probation period
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter/letter of intention addressed to Dr. Venu Margam (Director of Research – Insects, Aspire Food Group
Ghana) along with your CV. Both documents should be sent to Ms. Abigail Mensah at [email protected] Make sure you
title the email: “RESEARCH TECHNICIAN” otherwise your application will not be reviewed. Any questions related to the job
posting should also be directed to Ms. Mensah.