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Lab Technologist (2 posts) at Ifakara Health Institute March, 2020 Job Description
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Job Summary

Position:                   Lab Technologist (2 posts)

Reports to:               Principal Investigator/Lab Manager

Work station:           Bagamoyo

Apply by:                   March 15, 2020

Institute overview 

Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) is a leading research organization in Africa with a strong track record in developing, testing and validating innovations for health. Driven by a core strategic mandate for research, training and services, the Institute’s work now spans a wide spectrum, covering biomedical and ecological sciences, intervention studies, health-systems research and policy translation. 

Position Summary

The Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) is looking for Laboratory Technologists to fill vacant positions in the Interventions and Clinical Trials Department in Bagamoyo.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support all scientific functions in the immunology laboratory, including planning, reviewing, documenting and reporting matters related to study specific immunology activities.
  • Coordinate linkages between laboratories, clinical team and project manager
  • Make sure that all safety procedures are adhered to when collecting, labeling and storing all laboratory specimens.
  • Ensure that laboratory data including laboratory findings are recorded as per protocol and stored in appropriate box files.
  • Archive all the study samples following laboratory information management system for easy tracing.
  • Perform routine tests in assigned area of the laboratory as per current SOP.
  • Ensure specimens collected and received are documented or managed properly before analysis.
  • Make sure that all safety procedures are adhered to when collecting, labeling and storing all laboratory specimens.
  • Ensure that laboratory data including laboratory findings are recorded as per protocol and stored appropriate box files.
  • Perform isolation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), separation and storage of serum and plasma.
  • Assist in hematological and clinical chemistry sample analysis.
  • Document and report protocol deviations and implement CAPA for the reported deviations.
  • Perform malaria antibody ELISA, Intracellular cytokine staining, and ELISPOT assays.
  • Participate in scientific discussions and project related meetings; and maintaining inventories for stored samples, reagents and lab materials.
  • Perform any other relevant duties assigned by the PI/ Lab Manager


Qualification and Experience

  • Degrees in laboratory sciences/biotechnology/immunology.
  • Previous experience or familiarity with immunological assays.

Skills and Competencies

  • Immunological laboratory analysis.
  • Ability to follow and adhere to existing standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal effectively with clinicians, study participants, administrators, auxiliary personnel, regulators, monitors and sponsors.
  • Knowledge of good clinical practice, GCLP and regulatory procedures pertaining to clinical trials in Tanzania and globally.
  • Good communication skills and team work.
  • Excellence in using Microsoft office (word, excel, power point and access Excellent organizational skills to independently manage work flow.
  • Ability to prioritize quickly and appropriately.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.


An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered to a successful candidate as per IHI salary scales.

Equal Opportunity

IHI is an equal opportunity employer. We prohibit intentional biases or discrimination and harassment of any kind at the work place and during recruitment. All employment decisions are based solely on job requirements and individual qualifications, and our recruitment process is governed by the labour laws of Tanzania.

Mode of Application

All candidates who meet the above job requirements should send their application letters together with their detailed curriculum vitae (CVs) showing contact addresses including email, telephone/cell phone numbers and copies of academic and professional certificates to the address below. The deadline for this application is 1700hrs, March 15, 2020. 

All e-mail application subject line should read.  Lab Technologist – ICT

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview. 

Human Resources Manager,
Ifakara Health Institute,
Kiko Avenue, Mikocheni,
P. o. Box 78373,
Dar es Salaam
Email: [email protected]

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