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KEMRI / CDC Laboratory Manager Job in Kisumu Kenya

KEMRI / CDC Research & Public Health Collaboration

Vacancy No:K03/1/11

Program description: This program is collaboration between Kenya Medical Research Institute and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It involves conducting research and program support for activities related to Tuberculosis (TB), malaria, HIV and other diseases of public health importance. Due to its continued growth, the TB Branch has the following vacancy.

 Laboratory Manager 
(Senior Technologist MR 10 or Principal Technologist – MR 11)
(Grading depends with qualifications)

Reporting To: TB Branch chief
Location: Kisumu

Minimum Requirements
  • A Master’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • Candidates with BSc/Higher National Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology plus Management/Administration certification and 6 years relevant experience at supervisory level will be considered.
  • Minimum 4-6 years experience as laboratory manager in a busy research/clinical laboratory.
  • Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians & Technologists Board Registered
Desired Qualities:
  • Strong scientific writing and communication skills.
  • Proven leadership, management, interpersonal, decision making and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Proficiency in computer usage.
  • Ability to design studies, analyze data and write manuscripts
  • Experience in management of quality laboratory systems in research and clinical laboratory.
Basic Function of Position
  • S/He will work under the supervision of the TB Branch Chief and serve as the overall laboratory manager for the KEMRI/CDC Tuberculosis Laboratories.
  • S/He will plan, organize, coordinate and oversee the overall operation of laboratory activities to support all tuberculosis studies and will work closely with the TB laboratory staff, supervisors, study coordinators and Principal Investigators.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage the TB laboratory operations including project budgets, personnel, equipment and laboratory supplies.
  • In consultation with Principal Investigators and project managers, plan, organize, coordinate and supervise laboratory aspects of tuberculosis projects.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of laboratory staff, schedule and assign work and develop priorities.
  • Provide technical guidance and expertise as needed or requested
  • Ensure compliance with current safety, good clinical and laboratory practice (GCLP) and ethical requirements.
  • Attend and actively participate in regular management meetings.
  • Coordinate the laboratory quality control program.
  • Identify, trouble-shoot and solve problems in a timely manner.
  • Perform all other duties as requested(s).
Terms of Employment:
  • Six (1) year renewable as per KEMRI scheme of service.
  • Probation period for the first 3 months.
  • Salary negotiable within the appropriate grade depending on education, experience and demonstrated competency.
Applications should include the following:
  • Letter of Application (Quote the vacancy number)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae with telephone number and e-mail address
  • Three letters of reference with contact telephone numbers and e-mail addresses
  • Copies of Certificates, Diplomas and Transcripts
  • Day time contact telephone number
Note: Applications must include copies of certificates, Diplomas and Transcripts. Applications without this will be disregarded.

Due no later than 25th January 2011


Human Resource Manager,
KEMRI/CDC Program,
P.O. Box 1578, Kisumu

or e-mail to

Internal candidates interested in applying for this position are strongly advised to access an internal candidate application form available in the CDC Intranet; print and process it through the project Managers and attach it before forwarding application to HR.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

The KEMRI/CDC program is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process including, application, interview meeting and processing of offer letter. If asked for a fee, report such a request immediately to: 0701112145

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