Laboratory Technologist – Entebbe Non-profit Jobs – Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)  

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Organization:  Makerere
University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)
Duty Station:   Entebbe,
Uganda
Reports to: Senior
Laboratory Technologist
Makerere University
Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) is a non-profit biomedical research Organization,
whose mission is to mitigate disease threats through quality research, health
care and disease surveillance. MUWRP was established in 2002 by a Memorandum of
Agreement between The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of
Military Medicine, lnc. (HJF) and Makerere University (Mak) to undertake
medical research to test HIV vaccines. Over the years, MUWRP’s portfolio has
progressively expanded to include vaccine research for Ebola and Marburg
viruses, surveillance of influenza and influenza- like viruses and other
emerging infections in humans and animals; also epidemiological, basic and
implementation research in HIV treatment, care and prevention programs in the
Districts of Kayunga, Mukono, Buvuma and Buikwe.
Job Summary:  The Laboratory Technologist will serve as a
virology laboratory technologist for MUWRP laboratory in Entebbe at UVRI
undertaking sample processing, Laboratory testing procedures under the ILI
project, ensure QA/QC procedures are maintained, specimen accessioning, sample
processing, storage, equipment monitoring, media preparation. Additionally,
S/He is expected to perform laboratory safety duties and learn new research
techniques as the come into the Laboratory or assist visiting or new staff in
conducting different experimental assays. The incumbent may be required to
assist the senior staff in teaching new technologists/technicians and volunteer
students in laboratory practices. The incumbent may be required to perform
their duties away from the main MUWRP lab in Kampala. MUWRP may have sites
within Uganda which Technologists may be required to work such as but not
limited to Bundibugyo/Kayunga.
 Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
·       
Proficiently
perform Specimen accessioning, including registration of  specimens into  the Laboratory information Management system
(LIMS), preparation of samples for both testing and storage and become
proficient enough to conduct the assay without daily oversight.
·       
Proficiently
perform sample processing and testing using various testing algorithms at EIDL
as established by the SOPs for each assay.
·       
Proficiently
perform QA/QC procedures, maintain and enforce all SOPs as well as equipment
maintenance and troubleshooting as may be required.
·       
Have
knowledge of basic laboratory safety rules and equipment including
identification of precautions for and emergency response to biological,
chemical, electrical, mechanical and physical hazards.
·       
Work
independently and/or with others, collect and transport samples from various
surveillance sites using proper sample handling protocol as may be required.
Samples collection may involve going on water, climbing rocky areas, lifting,
visiting marshy areas. Markets, farms and other hazardous sites.
·       
Perform
QA/QC, maintain laboratory equipment, including but not limited to service and
repair as established by SOPs and QA/QC guidelines.
·       
Maintain
lab databases and keep up with current software applications for specific
departments.
·       
Perform
other duties as may be assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The
ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor’s 
degree  in  biomedical 
laboratory  technology,  Bachelors 
in  medical  laboratory Sciences or any related science
laboratory field.
·       
At least
five years’ experience working in a virology Laboratory is required. with PBMC
processing as well as conducting clinical chemistry, manual and automated
haematology.
·       
Must be
aware of the logistical requirements and should always be conscious of proper
operation of Laboratory equipment and safety.
·       
Occasionally,
new Laboratory activities may be introduced and the incumbent may be requested
to train and become competent in the new assays, equipment and / or protocols.
·       
The
candidate should have the ability to travel to program sentinel sites for
sample collection within the country as may be required.
·       
Ability
to professionally communicate in writing and verbally or other means deemed
appropriate.
·       
The
incumbent will from time to time be required to lift some lab supplies to and
from the lab to the required destination as he/she may be directed by his/her
superiors.
·       
The
incumbent is also expected to sit for extended periods of time.
All qualified and
interested candidates should apply online at the link below and Choosing the
desired position.
Deadline: 27th March 2020



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