Senior Laboratory Technologist NGO Jobs – Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit


Job Title:   Senior
Laboratory Technologist

Organization: Medical Research Council (MRC UK)
/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda

Position Code: SLT -820

Reports to: Senior Immunologist


About US:

The Medical Research Council (MRC UK) is an internationally
recognised 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.


Job Summary:  The senior laboratory technologist will be
primarily responsible for the periCOVID study, seeking to understand
transmission and immunity to SARS-COV-2 in pregnant women and their infants at
five sites in Uganda and seven countries worldwide. The study will take samples
from all pregnant women to investigate asymptomatic infection and immunity and
how these are passed from mother to child to help inform hospital infection
prevention and control policies and to reassure pregnant women about how best
to look after their baby. The position may also be involved in the project
management of other studies under the SGUL portfolio at the MRC unit.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Study Implementation.

Oversee and coordinate the day to day activities
of the study and ensure collection of quality data;

Liaise with MUJHU staff to ensure coordination
between the MRC and MUJHU clinical teams;

Liaise with SGUL for the co-ordination of the

Participate in Standard Operating Procedures
(SOPs) development;

Develop and implement a sample flow plan to
ensure that samples are transported from sites to the labs in a timely manner,
that the labs analyse these samples in a reasonable timeframe, that results are
entered into the results database and that these results are reported back to
the sites for clinical management;

Liaise with the lab teams (microbiology, UVRI,
immunology) to ensure that samples are correctly tracked, processed and stored
in the biobank;

Ensure the activities and outputs achieved are
in line with the protocol, project plan and budget;

Ensure integrity of study data through QA/QC
activities/ procedures and strong data management;

Coordinate with the different internal and
external stakeholders involved in the study including the Community Advisory
Board, multiple Ugandan institutions and EDCTP consortia members; and,

Undertake laboratory studies and analysis, such
as ELISAs, flow cytometry and in vitro stimulations.

Data analysis and dissemination

Contribute to data analysis and publications and
presentations and ensure dissemination of key results to key stakeholders.

Study reporting

Develop monthly reporting for SGUL and sites,
develop social media updates and participate in the reporting of the social
science aspects of the study.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate for the Medical Research
Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit Senior Laboratory
Technologist job placement should preferably hold a Master’s degree in in
immunology (or equivalent);

At least three years of practical experience in
clinical laboratory in a medical research setting;

Experience working with immunological assays;

Experience in cell culture, including
proliferation and invasion assays, co-culture, experiments, transfection, virus
production and infection;

Experience with vaccine research is an added

Project management experience is desired;

Should have knowledge of ethical regulations
around sample storage;

Should have good practical skills in the
required clinical laboratory techniques;

Equipment troubleshooting skills / GCLP/
documentation skills;

Should possess a current Allied Health
Professions licence;

Should possess computer skills with proficiency
in Word, Excel, Access & Power point;

Great communication skills;

Excellent interpersonal skills.


How to Apply:

Follow the link below to fill a form and submit your
application documentation:


Click Here


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.


The applications should be addressed to:

The Head of Human Resources,

MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,

P.O. Box, 49,

Entebbe, Uganda.


Deadline: 28th August 2020 by 5:00pm.


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.


NB: 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


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