Jakarta, BRIN Public Relations – The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) ensures that former researchers from the Eijkman Institute will be recruited according to the applicable mechanism. This was emphasized by Head of BRIN Laksana Tri Handoko during a virtual interview in the Good Morning Jakarta program on a national private television station, Tuesday (4/1).

According to him, there are 71 researchers under nonpermanent status at the former Eijkman LBM, some of whom already have doctoral education qualifications. They are immediately recruited into ASN – contract-based government employee, and are currently being processed.

Meanwhile, for those who do not have doctoral degrees, they will become research assistants and will be given the option to continue their studies under an assistant research scheme. This is to upgrade their qualification to doctoral degrees, so that they can become full-fledged researchers at BRIN.

“Researchers who are directly affected by this provision cannot be appointed as researchers and are granted full financial rights. So how long is this going on? Moreover, many of them have nonpermanent status, with a maximum one year’s contract and have no legal certainty. The measures that are being undertaken now are we place them in proper corridors,” he explained.

BRIN also provides options for elderly researchers. They will still be given the opportunity to continue their studies up to doctoral degree. The Agency does not limit the age. “In BRIN, those who want to retire but want to study may do so, because after retirement they can still teach on campus. This is actually their provision and contributes more to society although they are retired,” he explained.

On the other hand, Handoko also confirmed the presence of BRIN as a regulator, namely a policy maker as well as a government research institution. The Agency will carry out much better and more efficient institutional and organizational management. This is because the management will be based on functional rather than structural basis.

“With the existence of BRIN, we have the instruments, facilities, infrastructure, and the budget to strengthen research, and an open platform to conduct research without having tools. It was impossible for the Ministry of Research and Technology to do before, so we can solve the fundamental research problem efficiently,” he explained.

Handoko also ensured that the research projects of the former Eijkman Institute will be continued. According to him, all this time Eijkman works alone. After integration, automatically Eijkman researchers will have many new friends from other former research institutes, including from the health research and development center – Balitbangkes. So it will be easier for them to establish research collaboration.

For example, research on the merah putih vaccines will be continued and even become the main target of BRIN. From the beginning, there are 7 teams that develop the merah putih vaccine, two of which are from the former Eijkman LBM. BRIN will strengthen the merah putih vaccine development teams.

“We will provide a much more complete infrastructure, such as testing on mammals. The facilities are not yet proper. Hence, there is a delay in the development of the merah putih vaccine. We understand this because no one has done vaccine research before. The important thing is we facilitate this development until it reaches the target so that it is in accordance with the safety and efficacy standards,” he explained.

It should be noted that all this time the Eijkman Institute has been a project unit under the Ministry of Research and Technology since 1992. When e research institutes are integrated, this problem is resolved by institutionalizing it into the Eijkman Molecular Biology Research Center (PRBM). This is to strengthen the institution with legal certainty, employee status and financial rights for researchers.

“This is to strengthen Eijkman, when it is under the Ministry of Research and Technology, its status is ad hoc/project unit. So it can be closed at any time. To ensure continuity of research at the former Eijkman LBM, we institute it as Eijkman PRBM so that it becomes permanent and has a clear legal umbrella,” concluded Handoko. (jml)