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Saturday 1 March 2014

Laboratory Technologist - Makerere University Walter Reed Project Uganda

Job Title: Laboratory Technologist
Organisation: Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Country Uganda
Reports to: Laboratory Supervisor

Job Summary: The Laboratory Technologist's primary responsibility will be to maintain proficiency in current laboratory procedures such as general QA/QC, Specimen accessioning, and PBMC processing, Clinical Chemistry Manual and automated Hematology. Additionally he/ she is expected to perform Laboratory safety duties and learn new research techniques as they come into the laboratory. This vacancy will require the incumbent to be knowledgeable in most laboratory activities as well as other project activities that pertain to the laboratory and its scientific development. The incumbent may be required to assist the senior staff in teaching new technologists/technicians and volunteer students in laboratory practices. The incumbent may be required to perform their duties away from the main MUWRP lab in Kampala.

Key Duties
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 Hematotogy including Malaria microscopy as established in the SOPs for each assay.
Proficiently carry out clinical chemistry, troubleshooting and maintenance of the equipment as established in the SOPs and operator's manual.
Proficiently perform pregnancy and urinalysis assays as established in the SOPs.
Proficiently perform Aptima assays as established in the SOPs.
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.

 Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The Laboratory Technologist must hold a Bachelor's degree in biomedical laboratory technology, Bachelors in medical laboratory Sciences or any related science laboratory field. Past experience with PBMC processing as well as conducting clinical chemistry, manual and automated hematology will be an added advantage.
Ability to professionally communicate in writing and verbally or other means deemed appropriate.
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.

All suitable candidates should download application forms from http://www.muwrp.org/wp-content/files/FORM.pdf  and attach them on their Applications letters, Photocopies of academic qualifications and Resume with three referees quoting the Position Number to: The Human Resource Administrator Makerere University Walter Reed Project Plot 42 Nakasero Road. P.O. Box 16524, Kampala, Uganda

Deadline: 5th March 2014