Laboratory Technician KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, Kilifi, Kenya

organization: Wellcome Trust

deadline: 27th october 2017

The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is well known internationally for its work in improving global health. The Programme has a diverse clinical research programme that includes clinical trials of disease prevention, vaccines, management of acute illness, basic science and translation of research finding into global health policy.

The Programme is searching for a qualified, dynamic and motivated person to fill the following position:



To provide technical support to research teams in the set up of laboratory experiments, analysis of samples/data and recording of applied processes and procedures in order to meet clinical research objectives. Experiments to be performed include, enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) and neutralizing and non-neutralizing assays to determine antibody function.


To co-ordinate and manage laboratory activities for the project, order reagents and stationary, develop and maintain standard operating procedures. Manage and archive samples in the lab, perform the laboratory assays and present data for analysis.


  • Conduct experiments, interpret and document results through the use of routine and basic laboratory procedures involving manual techniques or use of laboratory instruments.
  • Standardise, calibrate and carry out preventive maintenance and basic troubleshooting on laboratory equipment and instrument.
  • Receive samples and ensure that relevant support documentation is provided and process in line with relevant QC guidelines; document sample and process information.
  • Liaise with Nurses, clinicians, health care workers and public in order to ensure that relevant samples are taken/ provided, resolve discrepancies and to communicate results in line with laid down procedures.
  • Participate in various QAQC, EQA, IQC and regulatory agency activities within the assigned section, including developing and documenting QC monitors.
  • Provide technical advice to researchers in the design of experiments.


  • A Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Registered with the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board
  • Knowledge and understanding of GCLPs and regulatory/ accreditation agency requirements
  • Knowledge of laboratory Health and Safety practices
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft applications
  • Experience in peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) separation and cell culture techniques is an added advantage.


  • Strong analytical and follow through ability; attentive to detail
  • Ability to follow laid down processes and procedures
  • Confidentiality and integrity
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Team working and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

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