Non-profit Jobs – Laboratory Technologist at MUWRP



Organisation: Makerere University Walter Reed Project
(MUWRP)
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda
About MUWRP:
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.
Job Summary:  The Laboratory Technologist will support the
MUWRP laboratory located in Kampala. The incumbent’s primary responsibility
will be to maintain proficiency in current laboratory procedures such as
general QA/QC, Specimen accessioning, and PBMC processing, Clinical Chemistry
Manual and automated Hematology. Additionally, the he/ she is also expected to
conduct laboratory safety duties and learn new research techniques as they come
into the laboratory. This position will require the incumbent to be
knowledgeable in most laboratory activities as well as other project activities
that pertain to the laboratory and its scientific development. The incumbent
may be required to assist the senior staff in teaching new
technologists/technicians and volunteer students in laboratory practices.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Proficiently
perform Specimen accessioning and PBMC, Plasma and serum processing per SOP and
become proficient enough to conduct the assay without daily oversight. Cell
processing includes isolation of PBMCs and counting, in addition to freezing
and storage of the samples.
·        
Carry
out Automated and Manual Hematology including Malaria microscopy as established
in the SOPs for each assay.
·        
Responsible
for conducting clinical chemistry, troubleshooting and maintenance of the
equipment as established in the SOPs and operator’s manual.
·        
Carry
out pregnancy and urinalysis assays as established in the SOPs.
·        
Proficiently
perform Aptima assays as established in the SOPs.
·        
The
incumbent will be required during his/her training in the principle
laboratories at Makerere University/Walter Reed Project to work closely with
the various heads of sections.
·        
Perform
QA/QC, maintain laboratory equipment, including but not limited to service and
repair as established by SOPs and QA/QC guidelines.
·        
Maintain
lab databases and keep up with current software applications for specific
departments.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The
ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical
laboratory technology, Bachelors in medical laboratory sciences or any related
science laboratory field.
·        
At
least one to two years’ experience with PBMC processing as well as conducting
clinical chemistry, manual and automated hematology.
·        
Possess
the ability to professionally communicate in writing and verbally or other
means deemed appropriate.
·        
The
incumbent should have ability to travel to and from work and the Project’s
collaborative, sites.
·        
The
incumbent will from time to time be required to lift some lab supplies to and
from the lab to the required destination as he/she may be directed by his/her
superiors.
How to Apply:
All suitable candidates should download
application forms, Click
Here
, and attach them on their Applications letters, Photocopies of
academic qualifications and Resume with three referees to: The Human Resource
Administrator, Makerere University Walter Reed Project, Plot 42 Nakasero Road.,
P.O. Box 16524, Kampala, Uganda.
NB:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 3rd July 2015
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