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Laboratory Technologist

Kenya Medical Research Institute
Homabay, Migori, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

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, SEARCHSAPPHIRE 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.
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)
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

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

Job Requirements

Required education: Diploma, Associate's degree
Required relevant work experience: 12 months
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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