Study Laboratory Technologist Job in Kenya

The KEMRI / University of Washington Study

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in collaboration with the University of Washington (UW) is conducting research studies in Kenya.

The KEMRI/UW research collaboration aims to conduct interdisciplinary, setting-specific research aimed at improving the lives of women and children in Kenya.

Specifically, our research strives to understand various infectious diseases afflicting these populations and testing interventions.

We are looking for staff who will assist the Study Coordinator in implementing an upcoming clinical trial.

Study Laboratory Technologist

Job Group KMR/8

2 Positions

Location: Homa-Bay and Migori Counties.

Desired qualification, skills and experience

Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technologist.

Be registered by the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technologist and Technician Board

A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in laboratory setting (clinical research preferred)

Excellent communication and organizational skills

Team player

Highly detail oriented

Flexible working schedule, depending on conditions. Overtime/weekends if required.

Computer literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, email)

Able to multi-task

Fluency in English and Kiswahili.

Demonstrated track record working in a busy laboratory

Research experience

Experience entering samples into laboratory databases including but not limited to FreezerPro standard, REDCap, and KIDMs preferred, but not required

Job Description:

Responsible for collecting (where applicable), preparing, shipping, and tracking of all laboratory specimens.

Responsible for safely and correctly handling and processing clinical specimens for subsequent testing and analysis. This will include aliquoting clinical specimens, safely and accurately processing the specimens while maintaining specimen integrity.

Participate in general laboratory maintenance, which includes washing and autoclaving glassware, maintaining temperature logs/charts of laboratory equipment and standardization of all the equipment of operation in the research laboratory prior to any operations on the stated machine.

Ensure all specimens are labelled and logged in appropriately

Ensure proper tracking and recording of all specimen in the laboratory

Maintaining an inventory of study-related supplies

Participate and establish accurate, timely and quality data entry discipline in the lab and also adhere to the data query resolution SOP

Attend and participate in the study annual SOP trainings and implement any approved changes in the relevant documents.

Assist the study team in editing and developing research documents like protocol, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and case report forms (CRFs).

In Liaison with the site leadership work with Nairobi-based staff to obtain supplies and up to date study-related materials.

Assist with miscellaneous KEMRI/UW study activities including data entry, data query response, weekly reporting.

Perform other duties that may be assigned to during implementation of the study.

Ensure good working relationship in the working environment with colleagues, MOH, other partners, patients and clients at large.

Uphold the mission and vision of KEMRI/UW Organization

Terms of Employment: The positions will be at a 100% FTE. It will be a one (1)-year renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service and a 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 the KEMRI salary scales

If you meet the above requirements, please follow THIS LINK to complete the application form and send your updated CV that contains details of your qualifications, experience and the full time telephone number and names and addresses of 3 referees to Email address: to reach us by Friday 3rd November 2023 at 5.00 p.m.

KEMRI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity; persons with disability, women and youth and those from marginalized areas are encouraged to apply.

KEMRI does not charge a fee at any stage of its selection process including application, interview and processing of offer letters. If asked for a fee, report such cases immediately.

Note: Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.