Job for Laboratory Technologist at Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI 

Job Title:      Laboratory Technologist

Organization: Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI

Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda

Reports to:  Head of Data Management

Position Code: LT518

About Us:

The MRC/UVRI Uganda Virus Research Unit on AIDS was established following a request in 1988 from the Uganda Government to the British Government for collaboration on the research of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency. The Unit is a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS related research. It conducts large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies, clinical trials, virological and immunological research and behavioural studies, and has generated a wealth of research results that have been used to inform policy and practice that have led to a large number of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals over time.

Job Summary: The Laboratory Technologist will carry out analyses and report results of the laboratory procedures performed in the laboratory, according to GCLP standards.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Receiving blood samples, processing and storing PBMC, plasma, serum and other biological specimens according to SOPs and GCLP.
  • Produce reliable and precise data by performing SOP-guided laboratory experiments assigned by scientists or supervisors. This includes:
    • Whole blood assays for subsequent cytokine analysis;
    • Preliminary staining of cells for flowcytometry;
    • Implementing GCLP practices
    • Cleaning and disinfecting equipment;
  • Tracking equipment servicing requirements;
  • Ensuring health and safety as per SOPs and unit guidelines
  • Monitoring temperatures and liquid nitrogen levels;
  • Data backup; Running equipment performance QCs;
  • record keeping (electronic and hard copies)
  • Ensuring that required reagents and supplies are in sufficient stocks and are kept securely in recommended conditions;
  • Preparing reagent and consumable orders for subsequent review and approval by supervisor.
  • Performing IATA compliant shipment of samples to and from partner laboratories.
  • Performing scientific duties: assisting in setting up and cleaning of databases,            writing
  • reports, using computer to mathematical calculations and preparation of graphs; presentation of research findings at local and, national and international workshops/conferences Assist in writing and reviewing of operational manuals and study specific SOPs
  • Assist in capacity building for new staff and student attachments

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI Laboratory Technologist job placement must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant Laboratory Biomedical Sciences training
  • Previous experience working within a clinical trial
  • Exposure to PBMC processing, cryopreservation and sterile tissue culture        techniques.
  • Certificate in Laboratory related health and safety training is an added advantage
  • Having trained in GCLP is an added advantage
  • At least a credit in Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry
  • Personal Integrity
  • Emotional Resourcefulness
  • Ability to Learn
  • Forward Thinking
  • Reliability
  • Openness to Others
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Pro-activity
  • Results Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Concern for Excellence
  • Flexibility towards Others
  • Service Orientation
  • Development Orientation

How to Apply:

The candidates should send their application letters, curriculum vitae including names, email addresses and telephone contact details of three (3) referees, plus copies of academic qualifications should be e-mailed to NB: Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email: Laboratory Technologist – LT518. Please also fill the following online form accordingly after submitting the application documents on the e-mail above. Click Here

Address to:

The Human Resource and Administration Manager

MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

P.O. Box, 49 Entebbe.


NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Note that academic qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing institutions. 

Deadline: 25th May 2018

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