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  • Posted: Nov 11, 2020
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    Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a State Corporation established through the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of 1979, which has since been amended to Science, Technology and Innovation Act 2013. The 1979 Act established KEMRI as a National body responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya.
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    Laboratory Technologist

    No of Positions: 3

    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

    Method of Application

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

    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

    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.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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