Job Title: Assistant Research Officer MR 9
Employer: KEMRI
Employment type: Full time
Location: Kisumu
Salary: Ksh.600000 - Monthly

Job summary

This program is collaboration between Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Stanford University, California, USA whose main purpose is to conduct a research study titled “Disentangling the human vector relationship to disrupt dengue and chikungunya virus outbreaks in Kenya”. The section has a vacancy for an Assistant Research Officer (ARO). Position: Assistant Research Officer MR 9 (1 position). Reporting to: Principal Investigator

Responsibilities

• The primary role of the ARO will be to test human blood samples for the presence of dengue and chikungunya viruses using real-time PCR in a research laboratory. • Implement all laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). • Upload all laboratory data on online databases. • Relay laboratory results promptly to field teams. • Manage all laboratory equipment and field supplies. • Participate in planning meetings and scheduled conference calls with other members of the study team. • Coordinate and train students on attachment and internship assigned to the laboratory. • Perform any other related duties that may be assigned from time to time. One (1) year renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service and a probation period for the first 3 months. The salary scheme is based on the KEMRI scales.

Qualifications

• Bachelor degree in biomedical/biological science, microbiology or any science related course from a recognized institution. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • At least two years’ work experience in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a research set-up • Experience in viral PCR work will be an added advantage. • Strong hands-on experience in running a biomedical research laboratory. • Strong supervisory and management skills. • Strong data processing skills. • Ability to work independently, in an organized and a timely manner and under minimum supervision.

How to apply

Applications should include the following: i. Letter of Application (Indicate Vacancy Number). ii. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae with telephone number and e-mail address. iii. Three letters of reference with contact telephone numbers. iv. Copies of Academic Certificates and Transcripts. Apply to Deputy Director, CGHR, P.O. Box 1578-40100 Kisumu not later than August 13, 2019. KEMRI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER; WOMEN AND DISABLED PERSONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. KEMRI 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 REQUEST IMMEDIATELY TO RELEVANT AUTHORITY Only short-listed candidates will be contacted


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