Fresher Laboratory Technician PEPFAR Grant Jobs – Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)

Organisation: Uganda
Virus Research Institute (UVRI)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Reports to:
Lab Manager
About US:
Uganda Virus
Research Institute (UVRI) is one of the constituent research institutions under
the Uganda National Health Research Organization (UNHRO). UVRI has a broad
mission to carry out scientific investigations on communicable diseases of
public health importance and to advise government on strategies for their
control and prevention.
About PEPFAR Project:
The Uganda Virus
Research Institute (UVRI) has signed a MoU with the US Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) to strengthen Institute capacity through the management and
coordination of laboratory surveillance, epidemiology, public health
evaluations and training in Uganda under the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for
AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Under this cooperation, UVRI intends to recruit the
following personnel on a one year contract to be renewed depending on
satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
Job Summary:  The Laboratory Technician will conduct quality
control and other HIV associated tests in line with the mandate of the HIV
National Reference Laboratory and also provide laboratory quality assurance
support to HIV testing sites. The incumbent will perform assays in the HIV Drug
Resistance National Reference Laboratory as directed by the scientist and
laboratory Director.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Actively participate in development of laboratory standard operating
  • Preparation of HIV proficiency testing panels.
  • Distribute HIV proficiency testing panels to testing sites.
  • Provide standard operating procedures to testing sites.
  • Collect quality control specimens from testing sites.
  • Register and store specimens in easily retrievable manner until
    required for retesting
  • Keep updated inventories of all specimens in the repository using a
    user friendly archival software.
  • Take measures to ensure that aliquots of tested specimens are
    properly stored, minimizing freezing and thawing.
  • Timely maintenance of the cold chain system.
  • Review the test results with the laboratory Technologist before
    forwarding them for data entry, management and analysis.
  • Carry out quality control tests on sentinel surveillance and HIV
    sero-behavioral surveys samples.
  • Perform assays in the HIV Drug Resistance National Reference
  • Carry out support supervision of HIV testing sites.
  • Compile needs of testing centres for providing quality HIV test
  • Participate in carrying out training at the testing sites.
  • Undertake any other duties that may reasonably be assigned by the
    Laboratory Technologist or Laboratory Manager.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Laboratory Technician must hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.
  • Registered with the Allied Health Professional Council.
  • Two years of working experience in a biomedical laboratory/ or in an HIV drug resistance
  • The experience should have included quality control
  • Experience in sample processing, storage and retrieval for molecular
    work; RNA extractions and sequencing is essential for the position in the
    HIV drug resistance laboratory.
  • Knowledge of MS office packages including Excel.
How to Apply:
together with copies of academic certificates, transcripts, a CV, including
names of two work-related referees indicating their contacts with emails and
phone numbers should be forwarded to the address below:
The Director,
Uganda Virus
Research Institute,
P.O. BOX 49,
Entebbe, Uganda
Or hand deliver to
his office Plot 51-59, Nakiwogo Road, Entebbe.
Deadline: 23rd November 2018 by 5:00pm
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