Medical Career Job – Pathologist at National Cancer Institute

Job Title: Pathologist
Field Project: Case-Control Study of Burkitt Lymphoma in Africa
Sponsored by U.S. National Institute of Health – National Cancer Institute
Type of position and Start Date: contract, possible extension for up to 3 years
Duties & Responsibilities
Working closely with the Study coordinator, local Co-investigators and Principal Investigator at NCI-NIH.
The successful candidate will:
  • Ensure that consistent and optimal procedures for BL tissue collection, fixation and processing are followed
  • Improve and standardize local processing of BL diagnosis tissue in order to minimize diagnosis inaccuracy, poor tissue quality, labeling errors and loss of tissue blocks
  • Ensure that Research specimen forms are completed correctly
  • Help with subject enrollment
  • Process all research tissue specimens according to SOPs provided by EMBLEM
  • Participate in study team meetings
  • Help in the review and validation of internal guidelines and SOPs related to tissue collection, processing and preservation.
  • Prepare pathology summaries for weekly/monthly status
  • Keep abreast of research in the field; maintain cooperative relationships within the research, academic and other research institutions in the country
  • Seek to publish some papers or attend meetings on topic that are relevant to the study
  • A degree in Medicine and postgraduate training in anatomic pathology.
  • Registration with the Uganda Medical Council is a must.
  • Relevant experience
  • Significant experience, in the collection, processing, preservation and transport of human tissue samples
  • High computer literacy
  • Experience in the development implementation of research protocols.
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Excellent organizational, planning management skills
  • The ability to keep neat and precise records
  • Proven ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to work flexi-time, which could include weekends, evenings and Public Holidays.
  • Willingness to respond to urgent requests out of hours’.
  • Length of experience
  • Long experience is preferable, but highly motivated young researchers with demonstrable promise will be considered and, if hired, helped to achieve output goals
Period of Performance
The period of performance is 12 months after the start of the contract. Extension, pending performance review.
How to Apply
US National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute is conducting a research study on Burkitt lymphoma (BL) as a collaborative effort between NCI, St. Mary’s Hospital, Lacor, and Kuluva Hospital ( ). Burkitt lymphoma is a rare cancer of B cells, which are involved in defending the body against infection, but is much commoner in some parts of Africa, including northern Uganda. The study plans to enroll up to 800 patients from participating hospitals and 1600 non-patients matched by age, sex, and district from selected health centers. The study will clarify the role of malaria and other infections, including parasites, in Burkitt lymphoma etiology and, more broadly, the interplay between genetics, infection and immunity in cancer etiology. Coordination and logistical support of the study will be provided by the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and WESTAT.
The study wishes to recruit a highly motivated, full-time Pathologist who has significant experience in collecting and processing human tissues to diagnose cancer and is interested in developing career in cancer research. The responsibilities include developing consistent and optimal procedures for the collection, fixation and processing of Burkitts lymphoma diagnosis tissues. By doing so, he/she will improve on and standardize local processing of BL diagnosis tissues.
Apply to:
The Administration Manger,
African Field Epidemiology Network
(AFENET), Plot 4B-Mabua Road Kololo,
P. 0. Box 12874 Kampala Uganda.
Applications can be hand delivered to the following locations; EMBLEM office at Lacor Hospital-Gulu. EMBLEM office at Kuluva Hospital-Arua, and AFENET office located on the above address.
You can also send your application, CV and copies of academic transcripts/certificates via E-mail to:  or  or
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