Laboratory Technologist – Makerere Non-profit Jobs – Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)

Technologist – Makerere

Organization:  Makerere
University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)

Duty Station:   Makerere,
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Senior
Laboratory Technologist

About US:

Makerere University
Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) is a non-profit biomedical research Organization,
whose mission is to mitigate disease threats through quality research, health
care and disease surveillance. MUWRP was established in 2002 by a Memorandum of
Agreement between The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of
Military Medicine, lnc. (HJF) and Makerere University (Mak) to undertake
medical research to test HIV vaccines. Over the years, MUWRP’s portfolio has
progressively expanded to include vaccine research for Ebola and Marburg
viruses, surveillance of influenza and influenza- like viruses and other
emerging infections in humans and animals; also epidemiological, basic and
implementation research in HIV treatment, care and prevention programs in the
Districts of Kayunga, Mukono, Buvuma and Buikwe.

Job Summary:  The incumbent will serve as a Microbiology
laboratory technologist for the EID -MUWRP laboratories located in Makerere
COVAB, Kampala. The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to support
collection of samples, undertaking microbiology culture and antibiotic
sensitivity testing for animal samples. The candidate will also support other
Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) surveillance sites in sample processing,
supervising the sites to ensure QA/QC is maintained, data and reports are
submitted in time and isolates are preserved and maintained in accordance with
established SOPs. The candidate will also prepare isolates for sharing partners
in accordance with IATA. The incumbent may be required to assist the senior
staff in teaching new technologists/technicians and volunteer students in
laboratory practices. The incumbent may be required to perform their duties
away from the main MUWRP lab in Kampala. MUWRP may have sites within Uganda
which Technologists may be required to work such as but not limited to

 Key Duties and

perform Specimen accessioning, including registration of  specimens into  the Laboratory information Management system
(LIMS), preparation of samples for both testing and storage and become
proficient enough to conduct the assay without daily oversight.

perform sample processing and testing using various testing algorithms at EIDL
as established by the SOPs for each assay.

perform QA/QC procedures, maintain and enforce all SOPs as well as equipment
maintenance and troubleshooting as may be required.

knowledge of basic laboratory safety rules and equipment including
identification of precautions for and emergency response to biological,
chemical, electrical, mechanical and physical hazards.

independently and/or with others, collect and transport samples from various
surveillance sites using proper sample handling protocol as may be required. Samples
collection may involve going on water, climbing rocky areas, lifting, visiting
marshy areas. Markets, farms and other hazardous sites.

QA/QC, maintain laboratory equipment, including but not limited to service and
repair as established by SOPs and QA/QC guidelines.

lab databases and keep up with current software applications for specific

other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor’s 
degree  in  biomedical 
laboratory  technology,  Bachelors 
in  medical  laboratory Sciences or any related science
laboratory field.

At least
five years’ experience working in a virology Laboratory is required. with PBMC
processing as well as conducting clinical chemistry, manual and automated

Must be
aware of the logistical requirements and should always be conscious of proper
operation of Laboratory equipment and safety.

new Laboratory activities may be introduced and the incumbent may be requested
to train and become competent in the new assays, equipment and / or protocols.

candidate should have the ability to travel to program sentinel sites for
sample collection within the country as may be required.

to professionally communicate in writing and verbally or other means deemed

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

incumbent is also expected to sit for extended periods of time.

How to Apply:

All qualified and
interested candidates should apply online at the link below and Choosing the
desired position.

Click Here

Deadline: 27th March 2020

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