The Eijkman Institute has been integrated into the Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional (BRIN). LBM Eijkman is a research institution that works in molecular biology and medical biotechnology, which was independent and previously under auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Technology. Eijkman has researched many things for 33 years, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
The status of LBM Eijkman later became Eijkman Research Center for Molecular Biology under the Life Sciences Research Organization due to the integration into BRIN (01/09/21).
The impact of this integration is that there is a process of dismissing some of the employees of the Eijkman Institute who are still non-civil servants (PNS).
Head of the Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional (BRIN) Laksana Tri Handoko confirmed this and stated that previously LBME was not an official government institution. As a result, civil servants (PNS) researchers’ status at LBME could not be appointed as full researchers.
By integrating, the rights of employees with the status of the researchers’ civil servants can be more fulfilled. Laksana said that LBME recruits many honorary workers who do not comply with applicable regulations. On top of that, BRIN has conveyed several options to previous employees who are non-PNS status, but all LBME employees cannot accept these options.