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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Microbiologist Job at Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Microbiologist (in-charge of microbiology lab) (1 Position)

Jobs at:
Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Deadline of this Job:
Friday, 10 March 2017

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

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Job details:
The mission of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is to build capacity of health systems in Africa for the delivery of sustainable, high quality care and prevention of HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases through training, research, and advanced clinical services. IDI has five operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment; Training, Research and Laboratory services (provided through a partnership with the Makerere University-John Hopkins University Core Lab) and Outreach.
Project Details:
IDI has received a subcontract from Makerere University Walter Reed Project to implement activities in Uganda of the Joint Mobile Disease Intervention Clinical Capability (JMEDICC) at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital (FPRRH). JMEDICC is a” consortium comprising the US Naval Medical Research Center in partnership with the US Army Medical Research institute oi infectious Diseases and the US Department of Defense.
The project aims to develop a research platform to address the knowledge gap of effective clinician management of sepsis and severe infectious diseases in general. The clinical team will be responsible for conducting observational and interventional trials in the management of sepsis. The clinical team will be provided with ongoing advanced training in clinical care and research to enable the team respond to culture outbreaks of infectious diseases including Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) within Fort Portal and surrounding districts. This platform will be used to generate clinical research data to support licensure applications for promising therapeutics for EVD or to provide evidence-based standards of care for improved EVD management.
In order to strengthen support clinical and research capacity at FPRRH, IDI is recruiting as follows:
Job Title: Microbiologist (in-charge of
microbiology lab) (1 Position)
Duration: 12 months, full time, renewable
Responsible to: Study coordinator
Educational requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Laboratory Technology/Science or equivalent
  • Master's Degree in medical microbiology will be an added advantage
Working Experience
  • At least 5 years progressive experience performing bacterial culture and sensitive testing in a busy laboratory
  • Good knowledge of conventional and Real-Time PCR techniques
  • Excellent knowledge of GCLP
  • Participation in VHF outbreak investigation and response in or outside Uganda will be an added advantage’
Required personal qualities:
  • Ability to communicate well with clinicians, nurses, study staff, patients and their care-givers
  • Excellent organizational skills and flexibility, including the ability to manage and move between multiple sites ~
  • Flexibility to work long hours which may occasionally extend beyond normal working hours or on-call duty
  • Demonstration of full understanding of team dynamics and systems thinking
Roles & Responsibilities:
The successful applicant will support the laboratory management in:

  • Strengthening the laboratory quality management systems based on the WHO SLIPTAISLMTA approach
  • Aligning laboratory operations with principles of GOP and GCLP
  • Developing analytical plans and SOPs that are in compliance with research protocols
  • Ensuring that there is an up-to-date Document and Record control system for all research documents and records
  • Ensuring that there are systems for quality audits, quality control and occurrence management
  • Ensure that all microbiology equipment (new and old) and methods have been validated/verified and all equipment tiles are up-to-date.
  • Supervise and perform routine culture and sensitivity and other diagnostic works in microbiology
  • be proficient in the use of microscopy and Rapid Diagnostic Tests in the detection of malaria parasites
  • Take the lead in implementation of analytical plans for the sepsis observational and clinical trial in line with the study protocol
  • in case there is an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, take lead in the implementation of analytical plans for EVD clinical trial
  • Train and support continuing education for laboratory personnel on laboratory techniques, use of equipment and safe collection, storage and transportation of specimens.
  • Any other reasonable duties that may be assigned.
  • Any other reasonable duties that may be assigned.
  • Attend all study team meetings
Job application procedure
Qualified and interested persons who wish to apply may hand~deliver, an application letter with a detailed CV, naming at least two professional referees, to:
The Manager, Human Resources
Infectious Diseases Institute
P. O. Box 22418, Kampala.
Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 10 March 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.
IDI is an equal employment organization and does not solicit for any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.