Fresher Research Associate Non-profit Jobs – Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)

Job Title:          Research Associate
Organisation: Makerere
University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Laboratory
Supervisor
About US:
The Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) is a non-profit HIV
research program that was established in 2002 as a result of a memorandum of
understanding between Makerere University and The Henry M. Jackson foundation
for Advancement of Military Medicine Inc. of USA (HJF). The primary purpose of
MUWRP is to develop, evaluate and provide interventions to mitigate disease
threats of public health importance to Uganda.
Job Summary: The Research
Associate will maintain proficiency in current laboratory procedures in flow
lab and be responsible for operation of the flow laboratory in accordance with
CAP standard and implementation of the MUWRP lab QMS policy. The incumbent is
responsible for regular preventive maintenance of the FACS Calibur and FACS
CANTO. The incumbent is expected to work closely with the flow consultant and
BD engineers to ensure maximum operation efficiency of these equipment. The
incumbent should be competent to perform general laboratory QA/QC, specimen
accessioning, immunophenotyping, ICS assays, PBMC processing and thawing, and
diagnostic assays. Additionally, the incumbent is expected to perform
laboratory safety duties and learn new research techniques as they are
introduced in the laboratory. The incumbent may be required to assist and
support senior staff in teaching new technologists/technicians and volunteer
students in laboratory practices. Furthermore, the incumbent is expected to
prepare abstract/ articles for presentation/publication at national
and/international meetings/ peer review journals. The incumbent may be required
to perform their duties away from the main MUWRP lab in Kampala. MUWRP may have
sites within Uganda which Research Associate may be required to work such as
but not limited to Bundibugyo, Fort Portal, Masaka, Gulu and Kayunga. The
incumbent is required to train and/or assess competencies of staff, students
and volunteers in specimen processing and diagnostic testing within the
laboratory.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·        
Work in close coordination with the HOS
maintains all standard operating procedures.
·        
Perform assay and equipment validations of all
new testing procedures as they are introduced in the laboratory.
·        
Ensure smooth operation of the section by
updating and following up on reagent and supplies inventories on a monthly
basis
·        
The incumbent will support and be involved with
organizing section meetings, GLP, scheduling and maintaining the laboratory to
CAP/DAIDS/PPD compliance
·        
Proficiently perform Immunophenotyping, ICS
assays, PBMC thawing and become proficient enough to conduct the assay without
daily oversight.
·        
Proficiently perform diagnostic assays including
but not limited to HIV, Hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and Herpes Simplex.
·        
Proficiently perform specimen accessioning and
PBMC, Plasma and serum processing per SOP and in a training capacity when
needed.  Cell processing includes
isolation of PBMCs and counting, in addition to freezing and storage of the
samples.
·        
Perform General QA/QC, monthly/daily maintenance
of all equipment in the flow section, including but not limited to service and
repair as established by SOPs and QA/QC guidelines.
·        
The incumbent will be required to work closely
with various heads of sections to accomplish designated safety tasks.
·        
Maintain lab databases and keep up with current
software applications for specific departments. Report any issues with the data
base to the Lab supervisor and IT if required.
·        
Perform other duties as assigned.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s
degree in biomedical laboratory technology, Bachelors in medical laboratory
sciences or any related science laboratory field.
·        
Possession of a Master’s degree in any
biomedical science is an added advantage.
·        
Previous experience in flow cytometry techniques
will be an added advantage.
·        
He/she is required to be knowledgeable in all
laboratory activities as well as all project related activities that pertain to
the laboratory and its scientific development. 
·        
Ability to professionally communicate in writing
and verbally or other means deemed appropriate. 
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should download the
application form, download
here
, attach it together with application letters, CVs, Photocopies of
academic qualifications and three professional referees. The position number
(Check top of advert) and preferred location should clearly be stated in the
application letter.
Please send applications to:
The HR and Administration Manager,
Makerere University Walter Reed Project,
Plot 42 Nakasero Road.,
P.O. Box 16524 Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 27th November 2017
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