Jobs in Uganda - Laboratory Technologist Job at MRC/ UVRI

Laboratory Technologist

Location:  Uganda

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 29 December 2020

Hiring Organization  MRC/ UVRI

The Unit is an internationally recognized centre of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. Following the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018. The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts. The Unit is now seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to fill the following position:
Laboratory Technologist (01 Position)
Position Code: LTENDKU-1220
Reports to: Post-doctoral scientist
Station: Entebbe & Kyamulibwa
Job Purpose:
To perform immunology and molecular assays related to Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV). The specimen (blood and saliva) will be collected from the Environmental Determinants of KSHV transmission in rural Uganda (ENDKU) study as well as other KSHV studies within the Unit. The ENDKU cohort study will recruit children from the General Population Cohort and follow them for three years to investigate the impact of malaria infection on KSHV acquisition. .

Roles & Responsibilities
• Performing immunological and molecular assays on stored samples. These include Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays, multiplex bead assay, ELISPOT and PCR;
• Performing external proficiency testing;
• Participating in study participant samples processing and storage (including PBMC isolation and cryopreservation) following standard operating procedures;
• Participating in archiving of samples using the freezer works system;
• Developing and reviewing standard operating procedures;
• Data analysis and presentation of data in laboratory meetings, national and international conferences or meetings;
• Writing manuscripts for peer reviewed journals publication when required;
• Training new staff, students, interns and visiting scientists in laboratory safety and assay procedures;
• Entry of laboratory specimen data in computer based programmes;
• Adhering to and implementing Good Clinical Laboratory Practices in the laboratory. These include regular cleaning and disinfecting equipment, tracking equipment servicing requirements, monitoring temperatures and liquid nitrogen levels, backing up data, running equipment performance quality controls and proper documentation; • Tracking procurement and delivery of laboratory supplies;
• Ensuring there are adequate reagents and study materials in the laboratory;
• Participating in laboratory meetings and journal clubs, and in the organisation of these activities;
• Attending scientific meetings and seminars on compass and elsewhere if required; and,
• Performing any other general activities as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Job Skills: Not Specified

Person Specification
• Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences;
• Experience working in a laboratory setting;
• At least 6 months’ experience working in a research laboratory;
• Knowledge of at least two immunological laboratory techniques such as PBMC isolation and cryopreservation, Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays, ELISPOT and molecular assays such as PCR;
• Equipment troubleshooting skills / GCLP/ documentation skills;
• Computer skills with proficiency in Word, Excel, Access & Power point;
• Great writing and communication skills; and,
• Good interpersonal skills.

Job Education Requirements: Not Specified

Job Experience Requirements: Not Specified

Application procedure

Follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application documentation: 
Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.
Combine all your application documentation i.e. cover letter, CV & academic documents into one PDF document. Deadline for application is 29th December 2020, 5:00pm. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only. Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification. Only online applications will be accepted.
The applications should be addressed to:
The Head of Human Resources,
MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,
P.O. Box, 49,
Entebbe, Uganda.
Consider your application unsuccessful if not contacted within eight (8) weeks after the closing date of the advert. Any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to automatic disqualification. By submitting your personal information, you consent to the MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit holding and using it in accordance with its recruitment policy and procedure. The Unit reserves the right to verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to authenticate their validity.
MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda research Unit is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse work force and does not ask for money at any stage of recruitment.

Date Posted: 2020-12-18