MUWRP Nonprofit Career Jobs – Laboratory Technician at Makerere University Walter Reed Project

Organisation: Makerere University Walter Reed Project
Kayunga, Uganda
MUWRP – 003
Laboratory QA/QC
Field Officer
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. Activities include; vaccine development and
building of vaccine testing capability in Uganda, conducting of epidemiological
and basic research and provision of HIV Treatment, care and support and
surveillance of influenza and other emerging infections. Of Recent, MUWRP has
entered in a collaboration with The Austere environment Consortium for Enhanced
Sepsis Outcomes (ACESO) which is a newly formed consortium with Directorship
based at the US Naval Medical Research Centre in Frederick, Maryland to advance
understanding of clinical management and pathogenesis of sepsis as it relates
to a spectrum of clinical manifestations and varying etiologies in
resource-constrained settings.
The Laboratory
Technician will serve as a Laboratory Technician in Kayunga District hospital
laboratory. The primary focus of this position is to fully participate in the
running of samples from ART clinics in Kayunga District and there after ensure
that all results from sample runs are-accurately processed and released back to
the respective clinics in a timely manner.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Proficiently
    conduct: Automated haematology as established by the SOP for this assay,
    FACSCount and Facs Calibur CD4 automated counts as established by the SOP
    for this assay, serum chemistry evaluation using the Roche Cobas c111 as
    established by the SOP for this assay, Syphilis RPR and TPPA as per the
    SOPs, TB diagnosis using the Genexpert system, ZN smear microscopy and
    Fluorescence microscopy as per established SOPs and HIV testing using
    rapid diagnostic tests
  • Correctly
    and promptly document all received samples in the lab in established
    laboratory accessioning books and software and process all results
    generated from sample runs by accurately filling in the ART report forms,
    existing laboratory software and the Electronic Medical Record and ensure
    that results are released back to the ART clinics in a timely manner.
  • Perform
    daily QA/QC and periodic maintenance of laboratory equipment as
    established by SOPs and QA/QC guidelines.
  • Perform
    monthly comparability sample testing between Kayunga district hospital
    laboratory, other MUWRP laboratories, and any other laboratories as may be
    deemed necessary, in order to ensure continuous proficiency.
  • Maintain
    all laboratory equipment validation, calibration, quality control
    documentation and necessary routine/ periodic preventive maintenance.
  • Perform
    external quality assurance activities by promptly running all EQA panels
    from identified EQA providers and act on the EQA results for continued
    quality improvement of laboratory testing.
  • Monitor
    and track logistical requirements so that all laboratory supplies are on
    hand at all times. Liaise with the Laboratory QA/QC field officer in order
    to establish reliable and consistent reagent supply lines.
  • Other
    duties as assigned by superiors.
Skills and Experience
  • The
    applicant should hold a Diploma in Medical Laboratory technology from a
    recognised institution with at least two years working experience in busy
    Diagnostic/research laboratory environment.
  • Evidence
    of prior training in relevant techniques will be an added advantage.
  • Ability
    to professionally communicate in writing and verbally or other means
    deemed appropriate.
  • The
    incumbent will from time to time be required to lift some lab supplies to
    the lab after delivery at the hospital premises.
  • The
    incumbent is also expected be able to sit/ stand for extended periods of
  • Training
    will be an essential means of communicating and updating more quality into
    the daily functioning of the Kayunga District Laboratory Services. The
    incumbent will initially be introduced to the QA/QC policies in the
    laboratory and train on Coulter Act. 5/Diff automated haematology, Cobas
    c111 chemistry, FACS Catibur and FacsCount CD4 testing until they are
    proficient enough to conduct the assays without daily oversight.
  • Knowledge
    and practice of Syphilis RPR, TB diagnosis using the Genexpert system and
    ZN and FM Microscopy and HIV rapid testing is required along with their
    specific control measures.
  • The
    Laboratory Technician must be aware of the logistics used in the
    laboratory and be conscious of laboratory issues at hand. This is also
    true for all equipment used regardless of who is responsible.
  • Occasionally,
    new laboratory activities will be initiated and the incumbent may be
    requested to learn the new testing platforms.
to Apply:
All suitable candidates
should download application forms from  and attach them on their Applications
letters, Photocopies of academic qualifications and Resume with three referees
quoting the Position Number to: The Human Resource Administrator Makerere
University Walter Reed Project Plot 42 Nakasero Road. P.O. Box 16524 Kampala,
NB: Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
16th August 2013
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