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Laboratory Technologist

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)

Job Summary

Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above vacant position.

  • Minimum Qualification: Diploma
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description/Requirements

Opening Date: 11thNovemebr, 2020 Closing Date: 30th November, 2020 Background Information:

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco through an NIH funded grant is setting up a new Study, SEARCH-SAPPHIRE trial, aimed at piloting HIV treatment and prevention interventions with the goal of further reducing HIV incidence following the successes recorded in the SEARCH trial. The study will be conducted in Homabay and Migori counties and has the following vacancies to be filled.

6. Position: Laboratory Technologist (3 Position) KMR/7 Vacancy No. FN-007-11-2020

Reports to: Laboratory Coordinator
Locations: Suba/Rongo
Duration: 7 Months

Qualifications:
• BSc/Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences from KMTC or recognized training institution
• Registered member of the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB)

Duties and Responsibilities
• Performing study specific assays, viral loads, UECs, CBC, CD4 count Malaria tests, Blood sugar, microscopy etc
• Sample collection and handling: DBS for viral sequencing(VS) and pharmacokinetics (PK), Phlebotomy whole blood for viral load analysis and Infant DBS for Early Infant HIV Diagnosis, Hair samples preparation and storage etc
• Performing maintenance and troubleshooting on laboratory equipment’s
• Ensuring appropriate Laboratory Waste segregation and management
• Accurate reporting of lab results within acceptable turnaround time.
• Perform laboratory ART assays as per the study protocol
• Must participate in EQA Proficiency testing scheme
• Ensures adequate quality assurance measures with respect to reagents, equipment, and samples are observed
• Safe maintenance of accurate laboratory documents and Logs
• Work professionally and observe relevant ethical standards, competence, accountability and integrity
• Generate daily summary reports in real time
• Any other duty as assigned by the laboratory coordinator

Other required skills:
• Trained on Good clinical and laboratory practice (GCLP)
• Previous experience in a busy HIV laboratory
• Experience in rapid antibody HIV testing and counselling skills
• Experience in community work
• Experience in viral load sample collection and management
• Laboratory Good Documentation Practices (GDP)
• Knowledge of commodity management
• Experience in Rapid Diagnostic Test for Malaria, and Blood sugar
• Ability to work extra hours and in hard to reach rural communities in Homabay and Migori Counties
• Enthusiasm for community-based development work.
• Natural ability to multitask, innovative, and work with others as a team to achieve objectives and resolve challenges
• Any other duty as assigned by the laboratory Coordinator
• Ability to ride a motorbike (with a valid riding/driving license) will be an added advantage

Applications should include the following:
• A cover letter stating current position and date available to start working for the program
• A current CV including email and mobile phone contact
• Name and phone number for two professional referees
• Two letters of recommendation
• A copy of the latest pay slip (if applicable)
• Copies of academic and professional certificates

Application Method
Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are encouraged to send in their applications through email; hrrctp@kemri-ucsf.org

KEMRI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITED TO DIVERSITY; PERSONS WITH DISABILITY, WOMEN, YOUTH AND THOSE FROM MARGINALIZED AREAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. KEMRI DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF ITS SELECTION PROCESS INCLUDING APPLICATION, INTERVIEW AND PROCESSING OF OFFER LETTER. IF ASKED FOR A FEE, REPORT SUCH REQUEST IMMEDIATELY.

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