Laboratory Technologist

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Job Description

Zambart is an independent Zambian research organization with a longstanding research partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of Zambia which began in 1988, and it has become one of Zambia’s leading research groups specialising in Tuberculosis (TB) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
We facilitate quality interdisciplinary health research on issues of public health importance in Zambia. Over the years, Zambart has expanded its scope to include both qualitative and quantitative studies around TB and HIV as well as other infections and public health issues such as poverty, mental health and more. Results from numerous studies have contributed to policy and practice at both national and global levels.
Zambart staff form an interdisciplinary team with a range of expertise including epidemiology, clinical science, social science, laboratory, operations research, health systems and services research, health policy analysis, health economics, health communication research compliance and counselling.
Study Summary:
Zambart is currently recruiting staff for a new study entitled: “Global Burden Estimation of Human Papillomavirus (GLOBE-HPV). This study aims to estimate the prevalence of HPV 16 and/or 18 infection among a representative sample of girls and women. In addition, the study aims to estimate the incidence of HPV infection in selected populations over 2 years.
To support our wide range of research activities, we are looking for full time candidates to fill the following positions:
Laboratory Technologist (01)
Position summary: The role of the Laboratory Technologist is to provide all the required technical support to enable the laboratory to function effectively. This allows Research Laboratory Scientists to concentrate on, and perform, the more complex analytical processes in the laboratory. The Laboratory Technologist position aims to both extend personal academic development post-graduation and to build laboratory science research and capacity within Zambart and Zambia.
Reports to:    Laboratory Manager
Location:       Lusaka, Zambia

Receive all study samples, store and log into registration database
Enter Data of test results and other related specimen information
Perform Xpert testing for TB and a variety of other Xpert assays on samples
Prepare slides for and perform Fluorescent and ZN microscopy
Perform DNA/ RNA extractions in preparation for molecular/ PCR testing
Process blood samples for testing and biobanking
Prepare and/ or reconstitute lab reagents as needed
Monitor Temperature of laboratory freezers, refrigerators and incubators
Monitor and maintain Laboratory Equipment
Receive and store reagents and supplies
Responsible for inventory of lab reagents and supplies and circulating inventory report routinely to lab management.
Provide support to senior lab staff
Be a team player
Any other duties or responsibilities deemed necessary by the organization to assist in the implementation of ZAMBART projects and activities

Essential requirements

Diploma in Biomedical Science or recognised equivalent
Knowledge and adherence to stipulated biosafety measures
Full knowledge of MSDS
Be willing to work flexible hours which may include late hours or weekends when required to do so
Laboratory safety training
Experience in laboratory data capturing
Competent in Microsoft office – word, excel access, power point
Good people skills
Registration with the Health Professions Council of Zambia
Experience in blood processing procedures, and TB knowledge
Laboratory safety training
GCLP and/ or GCP training

How to apply
Only applicants who meet the criteria for the above position should submit their application letter and CV to The Human Resources Manager, Zambart Head Office, Ridgeway Campus P. O Box 50697 Lusaka or email the application letter and CV only (without certificates) to  [email protected], stating in the reference the position you are applying for.
Closing Date: The closing date for the receipt of applications is Monday 15th January 2024.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Job Summary

Zambia Location
Contract Job Type

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