MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda research Unit Laboratory Technologist Jobs Jobs in Uganda

MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda research Unit Laboratory Technologist Jobs Jobs in Uganda

  • The Unit is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer.

  • Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide.

  • Following the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018.

  • The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world.

  • The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts. The Unit is now seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to fill the following position:

    Laboratory Technologist (01 Position)

    Job Purpose

  • To fulfil immunology sample processing and testing needs for a newly funded postmortem study.

  • The successful candidate will be required to work under BSL3 laboratory conditions, and undertake in vitro stimulation assays, as well as direct ex vivo flow cytometry.

    Roles & Responsibilities

  • Attending the mortuary to receive samples.

  • Processing and storing study participant samples following standard operating procedures.

  • Performing immunological and molecular assays on fresh and stored samples. These
    include mycobacterial growth inhibition assays, flow cytometry, whole blood assays, Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays and PCR.

  • Entry of laboratory specimen data in computer based programmes.

  • Adhering to and implementing Good Clinical Laboratory Practices in the lab. These include regular cleaning and disinfecting equipment, tracking equipment servicing requirements, monitoring temperatures and liquid nitrogen levels, backing up data, running equipment performance quality controls.

  • Tracking procurement and delivery of laboratory supplies.

  • Ensuring there are adequate reagents and study materials in the laboratory. They will also ensure there are adequate sample collection materials at the hospital sites of the study.

  • Development and review of standard operating procedures.

  • Ensuring all lab activities are carried out with health and safety requirements in mind.

  • Participate in laboratory meetings and journal clubs, and in the organisation of these activities.

  • Data analysis and presentation of data in lab meetings, national and international
    conferences or meetings.

  • Training new staff, students, interns and visiting scientists in laboratory safety and assay procedures.

  • Deputise and assist the laboratory manager in any duties assigned.

  • Perform any other general I-Vac activities as may be assigned by the Line Manager.

    Person Specification

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from a recognized University.

  • Possession of a master’s degree in Immunology or a related discipline is an added advantage.

  • Should possess experience in a laboratory section preferably in a research setting.

  • Should have knowledge of post-mortem procedures, tissue collection and cell isolation techniques from human tissues.

  • Should also possesses knowledge of immunological laboratory techniques such as PBMC isolation and cryopreservation, flow cytometry, whole blood assays, Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays and molecular assays such as PCR.

  • Should have knowledge of advanced immunofluorescence staining techniques.

  • Should have an Allied Health Sciences Certificate.

  • Should have GCP and, or GCLP Certification.

  • Training in a BSL3 laboratory.

  • Willingness to work out of office hours when need arises.

    Application Process

  • Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.

  • Please email your application to

  • Applications should include academic documents, a cover letter, CV, daytime telephone contact and three traceable professional references. Combine all application documentation into one PDF document. Deadline is 31st January 2020, 5:00pm.

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

  • The Unit reserves the right to verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to authenticate their validity.

  • This position is open to Ugandan nationals only.


  • Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email: Laboratory Technologist: LT- IVAC-120

  • Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification of your application.

  • The applications should be addressed to:

    The Human Resource and Administration Manager,
    MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,
    P.O. Box, 49,
    Entebbe, Uganda.

  • Consider your application unsuccessful if not contacted within six (6) weeks after the closing date of the advert and any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to au1tomatic disqualification.

  • MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda research Unit is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse work force and does not ask for money at any stage of recruitment.

    How to Apply

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