Location: Kisumu, Kenya.
The US Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya (USAMRU-K) / Henry Jackson Foundation for Medical Research International (HJF MRI) ‘The Walter Reed Project’ HIV Program -Kericho is seeking to fill the position below. The HIV Program carries out HIV AIDS vaccine and therapeutic research studies and supports HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in southern Rift Valley.
Position Summary: The occupant will assist in setting up a Microbiology/TB Laboratory in Kericho, Kenya, advise on the equipment and other facilities required and thereafter manage and oversee the activities of the lab.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:Performs tests and sample analysis in the areas of Microbiology and Serology.Coordinate and participate in a variety of complex technical tasks in the performance of laboratory tests to obtain data for use in clinical and research activities.Manipulate molecular assays related to microbes (especially TB) using available techniques.Perform Quality Control and Quality Assurance activities.Perform calibration, standardization and routine preventive maintenance on various laboratory instruments in accordance with the established procedures, protocols and schedules as applicable.Troubleshoot equipment and any system failures.Operate automated/semi automated analyzers and manual equipment as applicable.Review test results for accuracy and consistency, correlating results with patients’ conditions and notify appropriate health professional in the event of Critical/Panic Values.Prepare samples for storage and maintain specimen inventory.Comply with all relevant safety and infection control policies and procedures.Assist in writing and revising of the technical procedures and manuals.Maintain electronic and hard copies of all laboratory records.Calibrate, operate and maintain all laboratory instruments and perform any other duty assigned.
Minimum Requirements:PhD or Master’s Degree in Microbiology with a bias in Mycobacteriology or its equivalent.At least three years’ experience as a technical expert in a biological laboratory.Good knowledge of principles and laboratory application of microbiology, microscopy, and serology, current laboratory facilities, methods and equipment information sources for technical data used for testing and quality control purposes.Ability to determine correct procedures and perform a variety of clinical laboratory examinations, as well as preparation of reagents, stains and media.Strong interpersonal skills and good verbal and written communication skills.
Applicants should submit their application letters, CVs, testimonials, copies of certificates and day time telephone contact(s) no later than Wednesday March 28, 2012 to:
The Human Resources Manager
“The Walter Reed Project” USAMRU-K/HJF MRI
P.O. Box 1357 - 20200;
Hospital Road; Kericho, Kenya
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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