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Lab Manager Job in Nairobi Kenya

“The Walter Reed Project”

“The Walter Reed Project” is a research-based organization that is affiliated to the Kenya Medical Research Institute. Our mission is to develop and test improved means for predicting, detecting, preventing and treating infectious diseases. 

The organization seeks to fill the following position.
Lab Manager, Arbovirus/Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Laboratory, KEMRI/USAMRU-K
Closing Date: 28th November 2012 at 4 pm
Duty Station: Nairobi
Job Summary: To work under the supervision of the head (Lab Director) VHF laboratory, Centre for Virus Research, KEMRI.
Position Duties:
  • Ensure that all Lab SOPs and Protocols are implemented as required.
  • Budget for and order all Laboratory supplies to support Lab activities.
  • Supervise the Manage VHF Laboratory budgetary allocations.
  • Monitor the work progress of all VHF Laboratory staff through mentorship and supervision.
  • Maintain a specimen monitoring and tracking system for all past and future laboratory specimens
  • Manage the VHF laboratory in the event of a disease epidemic or other public health emergency in which case the lab manager will be expected to work overtime and on weekends.
  • Counsel and appraise staff, as required.
  • Seek assistance from CVR, CDC and WRP for Laboratory and Research activities, as necessary.
  • Be able to carry out any other duties as directed by the Lab Director and GEIS coordinator.
Minimum job requirements and qualifications
  • Masters in a Laboratory based science, PhD is an added advantage.
  • At least two years laboratory research/work experience at Masters level
  • Good knowledge and experience of Laboratory Assays, including Molecular, Serological and Entomological Techniques.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Evidence of active Research through publications is an added advantage.
  • Database management and computer skills
  • A good attitude, communication and people management skills
Terms of Employment:
Contract for 1 year, renewable as per KEMRI Scheme of Service. 

Probation period for the first 3 months.
Remuneration: Compensation is negotiable within a relevant grade, based on educational levels, relevant experience and demonstrated competency. 

The salary scheme is based on KEMRI scale plus supplemental amounts.
Applications should include the following:
  • Letter of Application. Those sending applications via email should write in the subject line ‘Lab Manager VHF’
  • Current Curriculum Vitae with Contact telephone number and e-mail address
  • Three letters of reference with contact telephone numbers and e-mail addresses
  • Copies of Certificates and Transcripts
The Human Resource Manager
Walter Reed Project,
P.O. Box 29893- 00202
Only short listed candidates will be contacted

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