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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Manager, Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit, The Gambia

Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit, The Gambia - We are the leading research centre in sub-Saharan Africa, carrying out internationally competitive research into tropical medicine for over 50 years. Our current research agenda focuses on three themes: Disease Control & Elimination; Nutrition; Vaccines & Immunity. Looking towards the future. we are aiming to push forward into new and challenging areas reflecting changes in national and global health priorities.

Location: Fajara

Job Information  
  
  • An interesting opportunity is available for a post-doctoral scientist to head the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at MRCG at LSHTM, Fajara.
  • The post-holder will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Molecular Diagnostics (MDx) Laboratories and supervision of staff.
  • S/he will be responsible for strengthening core platform capabilities to support research through conducting existing assays to a unified standard, developing standardised protocols, training members of the laboratory and developing new tools and methods in molecular analysis to meet the needs of Research Projects.
  • The post holder may dedicate up to 20% of work time to independent research in an area of interest in molecular biology towards strengthening the overall Unit research agenda.
Requirements
Essential:
  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or other Biomedical Sciences from an accredited University with significant experience in Molecular biology research.
  • Demonstrated experience in current molecular diagnostic technologies including variations of nucleic acid extraction, amplification and detection techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and training in GCLP implementation and accreditation to quality standards.
  • Evidence of previous publications in the area of molecular biology techniques and genotyping.
  • Experience in setting up basic bioinformatics analysis and use of softwares for sequence and fragment analysis, primer and probe design, gene annotation and genetic mapping.
  • Computer literate (e.g Microsoft Office applications)
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Good organisational and staff management skills (note: with the ability to co-supervise staff with other managers).
  • Experience of working with people from different disciplines and cultures.
Desirable:
  • Knowledge of Next Generation technologies and experience managing large diagnostic or genetic data sets, including whole genome sequencing and RNAseq.
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics scripting language applicable to molecular data management and analysis such as Perl and R.
  • Training in quality management systems and processes in research and/or research laboratory environments.
  • Working knowledge of another international language especially French or Portuguese.
  • Good budgetary and cost management skills.
  • Keenness to train and impart knowledge.
Remuneration
  • An attractive salary will be paid in MRCG’s Grade 1, 40 Points at a minimum take home pay of 132, 287 Dalasi per month. This is equivalent to $2, 814 per month using the prevailing USD/Dalasi exchange rate. Please note the salary will be paid in Dalasi and the USD/Dalasi exchange rate is only given as a guide using the prevailing exchange rate.
  • For displaced staff the package will include, rent-free furnished accommodation, flights, displacement allowances for dependents, contribution to school fees for children and shipment of personal effects.
How to apply:

Applicants should download and complete the MRCG Job Application Form and send to: recruitment@mrc.gm 

Click here to download the MRCG Job Application
 (MS Word)

Click here for more information (MS Word)

Note
  • The appointment is up to 31st March 2021 initially and is subject to a probationary period of 6 months.
  • MRC is an Equal Opportunities Employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.

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