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Thursday, September 6, 2018

2 Laboratory Assistant/Technician Job at Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
2 Laboratory Assistants/Technician 

Jobs at:
Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) 

Deadline of this Job:
14th September 2018

Duty Station:
Arua and Mubende

Date Posted: 5th September 2018 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed , Employment Type: Full-Time 


The mission of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is to strengthen health systems in Africa, with a strong emphasis on infectious diseases through research and capacity development. 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.
The Infectious Diseases Institute has received funding from Bio-fire LLC to conduct a 9-month research. The rationale is to evaluate the clinical sensitivity and specificity of the assays comprising the Film Array Global Fever Panel.

In the study, whole blood will be collected from individuals with or have recently had acute febrile illness in Arua and Mubende RRH. The performance data will support classification of the FilmArray GF Panel as an in vitro diagnostic device by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other comparable regulatory agencies.
In order to fully support the implementation of the study, IDI seeks to recruit for the following positions as indicated below;

Job Title: Laboratory Assistant/Technician (2)
Vacancy Code: LATBPX01
Classification: 9 months, Full time
Reports to: Study Medical Officer
Duty Station: Arua & Mubende

Job Summary
The laboratory assistant will support collection, packaging, transportation, storage and retrieval of patient sample. S/he will also co-ordinate lab logistics and ensure timely transfer of samples to the testing lab in Kampala.

Role & Responsibilities
  • Establish robust and sustainable sample collection and samples referral system from the study site to testing lab in Kampala
  • Conduct routine lab tests on the patients for clinical care
  • Proper documentation of laboratory test result and dispatch of results
  • Track sample movement from the patient up to receipt of results
  • Conduct quality control on the lab samples and study forms
Educational requirements:
  • Basic qualification: Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Certificate from Allied Health Professionals’ Council
  • Additional qualification: Training in Good Clinical Lab Practice and biosafety and biosecurity
Working Experience and skills
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with a research project
  • Working experience in sample transportation activities
  • Good aseptic sample collection techniques
Job application procedure
IDI will offer a competitive remuneration package to the successful candidate. Candidates that know that they meet the above criteria and have what it takes to excel in the above position, please send their CVs, which should include details of email address (if any), present position, current remuneration, Certificate/testimonials and address of three (3) Referees plus telephone contact to the stipulated email address not later than 14th September 2018. (Email your application and CV to and let’s save the environment).

Key Notes:

  1. IDI is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a recruitment fee or any other fees at any stage of the recruitment process
  2. Internal candidates who meet the required specifications and have worked with IDI for a period of at least one year will be given priority.
  3.  Make sure that your application letter, CV and certificates are attached as one document
  4. Indicate the Vacancy Code as the subject for your email
  5. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  6. Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
    The Senior Human Resource Manager
    Infectious Diseases Institute — IDI Knowledge Centre, Makerere University Main Campus; College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
    P.O. Box 22418, Kampala, Uganda