Call for Applications - Principal Research Scientist on Ghana Laboratory Operations, Biosurveillance, & Epidemiology (GLOBE) Project.

Starting February 11, 2020 - Ending February 11, 2021

Call for Applications - Principal Research Scientist on Ghana Laboratory Operations, Biosurveillance, & Epidemiology (GLOBE) Project.

 

Issuance Date: December 16, 2019

 

Closing Date: Until the Position is filled

 

TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: Submit hard copies of your application and resume to the Administration Office at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana DURING WORKING HOURS.

Submit also soft copies of your application and resume to NPuplampu@noguchi.ug.edu.gh

MARKET VALUE: ANNUAL SALARY GHC 162,943.00 – GHC 172,528.00

 

INTRODUCTION

The United States Naval Medical Research Unit-3 Ghana Detachment conducts scientific research and public health initiatives throughout Ghana and West Africa. NAMRU-3 mainly collaborates with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in all its research and surveillance activities.  NAMRU-3 currently conducts prospective cohort studies of febrile illnesses, sexually transmitted infections, respiratory infections, leishmaniasis diagnostics, malaria surveillance, drug resistance, and immunology.  These collaborative projects provide disease surveillance data to Department of Defense (DoD) and the Government of Ghana (GoG), while also building host country capacity in accordance with U.S. Government and Ghanaian guidelines. 

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

          The Principal Research Scientist will be responsible for oversight and execution of research in the science laboratory. He/She will also be responsible for overseeing laboratory procedures conducted at clinical and field facilities. An additional requirement will be the ability to write and edit proposals as well as abstracts, posters and manuscripts for publication.

          A PhD degree, with emphasis on Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or Medical Technology and 8-12 years research experience will be required, along with advanced knowledge in current molecular and microbiology research technologies, laboratory practices, and clinical bio-surveillance methods.

The Principal Research Scientist will assist the Science Director of NAMRU3 and his Deputy, as well as the Laboratory Manager and Science Liaison to implement study protocols.

         

  1. SCOPE
    1. The Principal Research Scientist will be responsible for assisting the Science Director of NAMRU3 and his Deputy, to supervise the initiation and implementation of research studies at NMIMR and all field sites.

 

  1. The Principal Research Scientist will be responsible for writing protocols for institutional review, as well as evaluating and implementing procedures for all laboratory experiments.

 

  1. The Principal Research Scientist will be responsible for managing studies supported by NAMRU-3 and supervising report writing under the direction of the AFI Laboratory Manager and the Science Liaison.

  1.4.     The Principal Research Scientist will ensure that laboratory procedures are performed in all the laboratories for all NAMRU3 supported studies according to the Standard Laboratory Operating Procedures.

 

  1. REQUIREMENTS/OBJECTIVES

2.1.    The Principal Research Scientist should have at least 8-12 years of research experience and performing hands-on laboratory procedures

2.2.    The Principal Research Scientist should have experience with writing new protocols and updating old protocols in support of NMIMR and NAMRU3 collaborative procedures

2.3.        The Principal Research Scientist should have knowledge and experience in Quality Management Systems and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and should be willing to implement same.

2.4.       The Principal Research Scientist should have experience with implementing study protocols in the laboratory as well as the field

2.5.    The Principal Research Scientist should have knowledge of biosafety procedures

2.6.    The Principal Research Scientist should be able to ensure all relevant requirements of IRB approved protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are followed for all studies

2.7. The Principal Research Scientist should have experience with drafting, editing and submitting reports, abstracts and manuscripts for presentation at relevant platforms

2.8.    The Principal Research Scientist should be able to work within established systems at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR).

2.9.     The Principal Research Scientist shall have the knowledge and experience of storing and archiving specimens according to protocol requirements and appropriate biosafety standards.

 

3.       WORK STANDARDS

3.1.    The Principal Research Scientist is expected to work full-time according to the normal working schedule at NMIMR. The contract will be for a duration of nine months, from month of employment to September, 2020, renewable based on availability of funds and the life-span of the project.

3.2.    Holidays will be those officially recognized by NMIMR.

3.3.    Four weeks of leave are authorized per year, but more than two weeks cannot be taken in any 30 day period.

3.4.    The Principal Research Scientist shall abide by all rules and regulations of facilities where work is being conducted, including NMIMR and all other relevant hospital and research sites.

3.5.    The Principal Research Scientist shall follow all applicable biosafety regulations, SOPs, and protocols.

 

4.       DELIVERABLES

4.1.    The Principal Research Scientist shall work full-time Monday to Friday or flexible working days as may be agreed with the Principal Investigator or his designated representatives

4.2.    The Principal Research Scientist will ensure that all results of laboratory procedures are reported and documented on a timely basis in the laboratory for onward submission to the Command

4.3.    All applicable biosafety and study procedures, will be followed, including all general NMIMR procedures for biosafety