Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The integration of five main research entities in Indonesia, i.e., BATAN, LAPAN, LIPI, BPPT, and the Ministry of Research and Technology is the mandate of Presidential Regulation No. 78 of 2021 concerning the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), which includes the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology (LBM), which has been under the Ministry of Research and Technology. This integration will strengthen the existence of Eijkman LBM, which so far has only been one of project units under the Ministry of Research and Technology. Now Eijkman LBM has become the Eijkman Molecular Biology Research Center (PRBM).

This integration, said Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko, will strengthen the institution of Eijkman LBM which is now Eijkman PRBM. “Later on, those who become researchers at Eijkman PRBM will be not only from former Eijkman LBM employees but will be strengthened by other researchers from the five integrated entities,” he explained.

In an interview with one of online media, Sunday (02/01), he said, thus far the existence of Eijkman LBM is not an official government institution, but only as an ad hoc unit under the Ministry of Research and Technology which has the task to conduct research in the field of molecular biology.

“Since it was reactivated in 1992, Eijkman LBM has not been as an official government institution, but only as a project unit at the Ministry of Research and Technology. Therefore, civil servants at Eijkman LBM cannot become researchers because the Ministry of Research and Technology is not a research institution,” said Handoko.

“In the future, Eijkman PRBM’s activities will be strengthened by the joining of other researchers at BRIN, for example surveillance and Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) activities that will be managed in an integrated manner so that the capacity is much larger at a much lower cost,” he added.

In addition, this integration, said Handoko, actually benefits Eijkman LBM employees because they can be appointed as researchers at Eijkman PRBM. For nonpermanent research employees, BRIN provides several options that can be used by them depending on the employment status of the nonpermanent employees.

“For those who have completed the doctoral education level, I can withdraw them to become BRIN’s State Civil Apparatuses (ASN) and this has been running since October 2021 through the ASN recruitment mechanism in 2021. For those aged over 40 years are appointed as Government Employees under Work Agreement (PPPK) while those under 40 years old are regular ASNs,” he said.

For those who have not completed the doctoral level, Handoko offers a doctoral scheme through the by research program. Those who take this scheme will get a research assistance while completing their doctoral program, and when the program is finished, they can be recruited as BRIN ASNs.

According to Handoko, currently the number of researchers at Eijkman PRBM is actually no more than 40 people, the rest are nonpermanent employees or non-civil servant government employees (PPNPN). Appointment of PPNPN must be in accordance with applicable regulations and obtain permission from the personnel development agency. Pursuant to government regulations, the service term of PPNPN is maximum one year according to the contract and can be extended for another year.

“The problem of PPNPN employees who cannot extend their work contracts when integrating into BRIN does not only occur at Eijkman LBM, but also in 5 other entities, i.e., LIPI, BPPT, BATAN, LAPAN, and the Ministry of Research and Technology,” he concluded. (pur/ed: drs)