Laboratory Technologist at KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP)

  • Full Time
  • Kilifi



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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