2 US CDC UVRI Research Project Career Placements – Laboratory Technologists

Organisation: Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)
Funding Source: U.S Centres for Disease Control (CDC)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
About UVRI:
The Uganda Virus Research
Institute (UVRI) signed an MOU with the U.S Centres for Disease Control (CDC)
to strengthen capacity through the management and coordination of laboratory
surveillance, epidemiology, public health evaluations and training in Uganda
under PEPFAR.
Job Summary: The Laboratory Technologists will support
the CDC/UVRI Zoonotics Program, Special Pathogens Unit and should be
experienced microbiologists with competencies in laboratory diagnostic
procedures. They will support the CDC/UVRI Laboratory Team and program director
in managing the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) laboratory and carrying out
program activities. The lab specialist will have direct responsibility for
laboratory sample reception, registration, and diagnostic testing in the
UVRI/VSPB/ VHF laboratory.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
1. Laboratory Management (40%)
  • Conducts
    sample reception of suspect VHF clinical samples, registers samples, and
    assists in processing sample for testing
  • Supports
    the Laboratory Team Lead and other Laboratory Specialists in clinical and
    laboratory specimen processing, packaging, and shipment both within
    country and internationally.
  • Keeps
    updated records on all lab processes and regularly reports problems being
    faced or anticipated; provides suggestions to management on possible
    solutions.       
  • Maintains
    accurate inventory of archived specimens in freezer storage, records of
    supplies, equipment, and reagents and reports on the procurement needs of
    new and additional laboratory supplies.       
  • Responsible
    to the Laboratory Team Lead for monitoring laboratory equipment and
    reagents and will report any issues as soon as they are detected.    
  • Assures
    a safe work environment for all laboratory-based; practices; ensuring that
    all technical installations for this purpose are properly maintained and
    in good working condition.
  • Ensure
    adequate controls, monitors and orders for supplies for the Laboratory
  • Actively
    monitors all VHF laboratory equipment performance and maintains their
    repair/service schedules; assures laboratories, including utilities, are
    clean and safe and provides training to all personnel where appropriate.
  • Actively
    communicates and provides technical assistance to partners, including how
    to properly perform laboratory-based procedure related to the surveillance
    of VHFs.
  • Offer
    technical guidance and training for field sites conducting VHF
    surveillance.
2. Laboratory Diagnostics (40%):
  • Conducts
    laboratory diagnostic testing (molecular and serology) on VHF specimens
    and ensures testing results are provided in a timely manner.
  • Uses
    databases for all laboratory testing results and regularly reports on problems
    faced and solutions to management.
  • Follow
    GCLP and assists laboratory staff to gain accreditation from an
    international accreditation body
  • Maintains
    regular communications with VHF Laboratory Team lead and program director
    on use, reliability, and accuracy of VHF diagnostic reagents and tests and
    reports problems and issues.
  • Evaluates
    and Monitors the QA and QC procedures in the VHF laboratory and ensures
    that validated SOPs are in place for all assays performed in the
    laboratory.
3. Laboratory Field Activities (15%):
  • Conducts
    field work for VHF outbreaks as needed and serves as a laboratory focal
    point for the collection, processing storage, and shipment of specimens
    from the outbreak epicenter to the UVRI VHF laboratory
  • Supports
    the Program Director and epidemiologists to conduct VHF surveillance site
    visits and provides technical assistance to District or health facility
    laboratory focal person.
  • Offers
    timely laboratory field support during VHF ecology studies and research
    projects
4. Other duties as assigned: (5%):
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should preferably hold a Bachelor of Science degree is
    biomedical laboratory technology, or equivalent degree and experience.
  • At
    least five to eight years’ experience in laboratory diagnostics and
    research is required.
  • Previous
    work experience with VHF outbreaks is highly desirable
  • Possess
    a high level of integrity; a good team player, and the ability to
    collaborate and work well with other team members and partners;
  • Excellent
    interpersonal communication skills
  • Self
    driven, motivated, flexible and willing to work beyond working- hours
    including weekends and public holidays;
  • Possess
    the ability to work in a demanding environment and under minimum
    supervision;
  • Previous
    participation in health research and public health programs is an added
    advantage;
  • Team
    spirit and networking skills are desirable.
  • Keen
    interest to work with VHF-related activities is highly desirable
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates are encouraged to send their applications with updated CVs,
including names of two work-related referees indicating their contacts with
e-mail and phone numbers and forwarded them to:
The Director,
Uganda Virus Research
Institute,
P.O. Box 49 Entebbe. Uganda.
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted.
Deadline: 17th April
2015 by 5PM

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