MRC/UVRI Senior Laboratory Technologist 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:

MRC/UVRI Senior Laboratory Technologist Jobs in Uganda


  • Performs laboratory procedures including sample accessioning, nucleic acid extraction,
    PCR, Real-Time PCR and sequencing according to established SOPs and using a variety of
    laboratory equipment.
  • Trains or supervises training of other laboratory staff and evaluates staff performance.
  • Evaluates quality control and quality assurance measures and modifies manuals as
  • Plans workload distribution and makes schedules.
  • Develops a budget for the laboratory and maintains control of lab costs.
  • Enforces safety procedures.
    Prepares reagents, standards and quality control materials to be used for test procedures.
  • Performs data entry, data retrieval and prepares laboratory worksheets and reports.
  • Enters daily workload statistics into the laboratory information system.
  • Maintains a safe work environment by following established safe work practices and using personal protective equipment.
  • Monitors laboratory supplies and stocks up to adequate amounts.
  • Develops, evaluates and implements new techniques with the guidance of laboratory
  • Develops and reviews SOPs and laboratory policies and manuals.
  • Performing IATA compliant shipment of samples to and from
    partner laboratories.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Engage in field activities and site support supervision of participant enrolment


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences.
  • Possession of MSc. Molecular Biology, Virology or relevant Biological Sciences an added advantage
  • At least two years of experience working in a research setting.
  • Hands-on experience and troubleshooting skills in fragment analysis and DNA sequencing
    using Applied Biosystems sequencing instruments and sequence analysis using available
  • Ability to work and troubleshoot with minimal supervision, have excellent organizational skills, computer literacy in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Experience in assay development, single genome amplification for HIV-1 and generation
    of infectious molecular clones is a plus.
  • Should have an uunderstanding of GCLP guidelines for human research
  • Should have an up to date practicing license
  • Should have good communication skills
  • Knowledgeable in use of Microsoft Office packages

    How to apply

    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 Thursday 22nd August, 5:00pm.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

    Note that academic qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing institutions. This position is open to Ugandan
    nationals only.

    NB: Please quote the following position code
  • Senior Laboratory Technologist: SLT819
    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]

    For more information and job application details, see; MRC/UVRI Senior Laboratory Technologist Jobs in Uganda

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