Scientist A – Project Leader NGO Careers - Medical Research Council (MRC UK) / UVRI

Organization: MRC/UVRI
Duty Station: Kyamulibwa, Uganda
Reports to: Cancer and Epidemiology programme - GPC
Position Code: GPC917

About MRC/UVRI:
The MRC/UVRI Uganda Virus Research Unit on AIDS was established following a request in 1988 from the Uganda Government to the British Government for collaboration on the research of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency. The Unit is a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS related research. It conducts large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies, clinical trials, virological and immunological research and behavioural studies, and has generated a wealth of research results that have been used to inform policy and practice that have led to a large number of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals over time.

Job Summary: The Scientist A – Project Leader will provide scientific leadership and ensure timely and credible execution of GPC project activities

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Coordinate studies including development of protocols, SOPs, preparing and maintaining Site Investigator file to ensure timely and accurate data collection.
  • Make scientific contributions through grant applications, publications, proposal reviews, conference abstracts, seminar presentations and site journal clubs.
  • The jobholder will also manage human resources including recruitment, training, appraisals, allocation of duties and leave approvals for staff.
  • Tasked with managing project resources (approvals of finances for petty expenses, supply requisitions for medicines & supplies, budgets, reviewing project expenses)
  • Ensuring ethical conduct of studies (preparing regulatory documents for IRB approvals, ensuring consent process, liaise with study monitor for study monitoring)
  • Coordinate communications (regular reports to supervisor, collaborators, meetings with study staff, Teleconferences with collaborators)
  • Mentor staff in scientific writing
  • Support and conduct statistical analyses for planned papers.
  • Facilitate the use of data to inform strategy and policy-decision making, advocacy and communication activities
  • Work in close collaboration with other Unit scientists (programme leaders, project leaders and other scientists)


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a relevant first degree in medicine or science based subject (including social science).
  • A Masters level expertise in Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Demography or related subject.
  • A minimum of three years of clinical or other relevant work experience.
  • Work experience in a research setting, experience with supervision of medical staff are desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a team, including developing junior staff
  • Ability to present scientific results to peers and colleagues

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates should send their application letters, curriculum vitae including names, email addresses and telephone contact details of three (3) referees and copies of academic qualifications should be emailed to: recruitment@mrcuganda.org. Please quote the Position Title in the subject line.

Deadline: 22nd September 2017

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