The Pathogen Epidemiology and Omics (PEO) Group is a focused on uncovering epidemiological and immunological dynamics of top viral respiratory (e.g. influenza, SARS-COV-2, RSV, hMPV, etc) and intestinal (e.g. rotavirus, norovirus, adenovirus etc ) infections. The group runs community and hospital-based studies, most of which are linked to the laboratory processing of participant samples for diagnosis, genomic and immunological characterisation. We are offering a laboratory technologist position for a highly motivated person to join the current laboratory team. The successful candidate will provide technical laboratory support to help the group meet its current research objectives
REPORTS TO: Virology Laboratory Section Head
- Nasopharyngeal/oropharyngeal swab, blood and stool sample reception and archiving.
- Serum and peripheral blood morphonuclear cell (PBMC) separation and archiving
- Undertaking cell/virus culture, immunofluorescence test, ELISA, nucleic acid extraction and multiplex reverse transcription PCR, analysis of samples/data and recording of applied processes and procedures
- Interpreting and documenting laboratory procedure results.
- Standardizing, calibrating, and carrying out preventive maintenance and basic troubleshooting on laboratory equipment and instruments.
- Preparing and collating results, updating relevant databases, and communicating results according to laid down procedures.
- Participate in various QAQC, EQA, IQC and regulatory agency activities within the assigned section, including developing and documenting QC monitors.
- Continually comply with all laid down QMS guidelines/ standards/ SOPs and comply with all health and safety guidelines.
- Monitoring laboratory resources use and informing the section head on the replenishment of consumables.
- Liaising with clinical and field teams to ensure compliance with the laid down protocols in respect to sample collection and transport.
- And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
- Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences from a recognized institution.
- Registration by Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB) with a valid practicing KMLTTB License.
- Minimum 2 years relevant experience in a molecular laboratory
- Sound knowledge and understanding of GCLP and regulatory/ accreditation agency requirements.
- Detailed understanding of Laboratory Health and Safety practices.
- Computer skills.
- Demonstrate high levels of integrity and confidentiality
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
- Strong organizational, analytical, planning and administrative skills.
- Good attention to detail and ability to work with minimal supervision
- Teamwork and ability to work in diverse teams.
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