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


Job Title:    Senior Laboratory

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

Duty Station:  Entebbe,
Wakiso, Uganda

Reports to: Post-doctoral/senior
laboratory scientist

Position Code: SLTIVAC-1220


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


Job Summary:  The Senior Laboratory Technologist is
responsible for conducting immunology and molecular biology research, and
analyzing research results using bio-informatics tools.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

in planning experiments and projects, and in proposal writing, particularly in
laboratory and related bio-informatics components;

Plan and
prepare a personal fellowship proposal for submission within one year;

Find and
read literature relevant to the work; participate in sharing knowledge through
laboratory meetings and journal clubs;

documents for ethical approval, including material transfer agreements;

new assays, or adapt and implement assays that are new to the laboratory;

and review standard operating procedures;

bio-informatics analyses of laboratory related and epidemiological work, with
the support of supervisors;

Liaise with
international collaborators regarding assay development, and analysis of big
laboratory data;

in writing publications, including as lead author, and present work at national
and international meetings;

in capacity building by demonstrating practical procedures to new staff and to
students on attachments;

in proactive problem prevention of GCLP practice;

for the post-doctoral/senior scientist and laboratory manager in his/her
absence; and,

with other laboratory procedures and projects as and when required by the line


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate must hold an MSc in Bio-informatics- or data science-related

BSc in
Laboratory Sciences;

At least
6 months’ experience working on a Bio-informatics related project;

At least
4 years’ experience conducting laboratory research in a recognized institution;

of developing, trouble-shooting and implementing immunological and molecular
assays, and their quality control;

have Good Clinical Practice and Good Clinical Laboratory Practice

to learn and conduct assays and analyses required, according to study

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

communication skills; and,

interpersonal skills.


How to Apply:

All candidates
should follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application




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. 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

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.


Deadline: 21st December 2020 by 5:00pm.


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