Organisation: Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)
Duty Station: Mulago, Uganda
Position Number: MUWRP/14/11/2022
Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) is a non-profit biomedical research Organization, whose mission is to mitigate disease threats through quality research, healthcare 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, Inc. (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 laboratory technologist for the Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) College of American Pathologist (CAP) accredited laboratory located at College of Health Sciences in Kampala. The laboratory technologist will serve under the immediate supervision of, and report to the Laboratory Manager or his/her designee. The incumbent will be required during his/her service to work closely with laboratory management to ensure that the mandate of Makerere University Walter Reed Project is fulfilled.
The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to maintain proficiency in parasitological analyses. Additionally, the technologist will be expected to maintain general QA/QC procedures, and may be called on to support safety testing.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Proficiently perform Specimen accessioning and PBMC, Plasma and serum processing per SOP and become proficient enough to conduct the assay without daily oversight. Cell processing includes isolation of PBMCs and counting, in addition to freezing and storage of the samples.
- Proficiently conduct Automated and Manual Hematology including Malaria microscopy as established in the SOPs for each assay.
- Proficiently conduct clinical chemistry, troubleshooting and maintenance of the Cobas Integra machine as established in the SOPs and operator’s manual.
- Proficiently conduct Pregnancy and urinalysis as established in the SOP’s for each assay.
- The incumbent will be required during his/her training in the Principle laboratories at Makerere University/Walter Reed Project at Medical School in Kampala to work closely with the various heads of sections.
- Perform QA/QC, maintain laboratory equipment, including but not limited to service and repair as established by SOPs and QA/QC guidelines.
- Maintain lab databases and keep up with current software applications for specific departments.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- The incumbent will initially be introduced to the QA/QC policies in the laboratory and learn PBMC, Plasma, processing per SOP and become proficient enough to conduct the assay without daily oversight. Cell processing includes isolation of PBMCs and counting, in addition to freezing and storage of the samples. Knowledge and practice of Hematology, Chemistry, Pregnancy and urinalysis testing is required along with their specific control measures.
- The Technologist must be aware of the logistics used in the laboratory and be conscious of laboratory safety issues at hand.
- This is also true for all equipment used regardless who is responsible according to the monthly duty roster and/or the head of that section.
- Occasionally new laboratory activities will be initiated and the incumbent may be requested to learn the experiment protocol.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Laboratory Technology, Bachelors in Medical Laboratory Sciences or any related science laboratory field. Diploma in medical laboratory technology will be an added advantage.
- At least two years of working experience.
- Ability to professionally communicate in writing and verbally or other means deemed appropriate.
- The incumbent should have ability to travel to and from work and the Project’s collaborative sites in Kayunga, Entebbe and any other if necessary.
- The 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 superiors.
- The incumbent is also expected to able to sit for extended periods of time.
How to Apply:
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 3rd December 2022