Opportunities & Vacancies

Laboratory Technicians (2)

VACANCY NOTICE – Laboratory Technicians (2)

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the One-Health-Bacteriology Group at KCCR is looking for Laboratory Technicians to be placed at KCCR, Kumasi, Ashanti Region (1) and the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital, Agogo, Ashanti Region (1).

 Our research interests include the generation and comparison of bacteriological data from humans, animals and the environment. A special research focus is on transmission and the identification of transmission reservoirs of antibiotic resistant bacteria in rural areas of sub-Saharan African countries. For more information, visit our webpage: https://www.bnitm.de/en/research/research-groups/implementationsforschung/ag-one-health-bakteriologie

 The post-holder shall undertake various activities associated with the research group. These activities will be performed either at the hospital (outpatient and inpatient departments) or within the community. The post-holder is expected to have good organizational and communication skills. He/she should be willing to work efficiently within a team in order to perform all activities in a timely fashion.

 The post-holder is part of a team consisting of international investigators from Germany, local investigators (local PI, coordinators), laboratory technicians, midwives, fieldworkers and data management team. The post-holder is accountable in the first instance to the local PI, the team and field coordinators and the management of the KCCR.

 

Main Responsibilities/Activities

  • Perform routine and specialized technical procedures, be able to plan and competently carry out laboratory work required including troubleshooting of processes and procedures.
  • Support in the planning and conduct of field activity for sample collection.
  • Participate in quality control programs as required by GCLP to ensure the reliability of testing procedures, proper function of laboratory equipment and to ensure that in compliance with international standards; prepare and maintain applicable records.
  • Be available to perform on-call duties in accordance with the requirements of the studies
  • Assist in the maintenance of a practical inventory of material supplies and equipment for performance of duties
  • Clean and maintain standard laboratory equipment according to Standard Operating Procedure.
  • Initiate corrective action as soon as a deficiency is identified; complete checklists and other information sheets as required
  • Perform work to a standard to provide verification of specimen quality and test results
  • Produce report (results and analysis) on specific topics for general and scientific dissemination.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

 The Post holder should have the following: (M = mandatory; E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • BSc in Biological Science or equivalent (E)
  • At least one year experience in Bacteriology after obtaining of BSc degree (E)
  • Good knowledge in Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (E)
  • Good scientific writing skills (E)
  • Experienced in sample collection, preparation and/or testing
  • Ability to maintain, calibrate, clean and sterilize equipment (E)
  • Able to present results to senior staff on time (E)
  • Accurate, clear and organized record-keeping skills (E)
  • Planning skills with little supervision (E)
  • Ability to report or order required laboratory supplies on time to avoid shortages (E)
  • Initiative and decision-making abilities (E)
  • Computer literacy including knowledge of Microsoft software products, Graph pad (D)

The contract will be for a period of 12 months (renewable).

One (1) positions available at KCCR, Kumasi, Ashanti Region

One (1) position is available at the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital, Agogo, Ashanti Region (Kindly indicate the preferred place in your application)

Expected starting date: 01th March, 2023

 MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de copy to danquah@kccr.de and paintsil@kccr.de

Closing Date: 10th February, 2023. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact Charity Wiafe Akenten (danquah@kccr.de) or Ellis Kobina Paintsil (paintsil@kccr.de).

Research Assistants

VACANCY NOTICE – Research Assistants (1)

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the AG One-Health-Bacteriology Group at KCCR is looking for Research Assistant to be placed at KCCR, Kumasi, Ashanti Region (1)

 Our research interests include the generation and comparison of bacteriological data from humans, animals and the environment. A special research focus is on transmission and the identification of transmission reservoirs of antibiotic resistant bacteria in rural areas of sub-Saharan African countries. For more information, visit our webpage: https://www.bnitm.de/en/research/research-groups/implementationsforschung/ag-one-health-bakteriologie

 The post-holder shall undertake various activities associated with the research group. These activities will be performed either at our study sites or at KCCR (Kumasi). The post-holder is expected to have good organizational and communication skills. He/she should be willing to work efficiently within a team in order to perform all activities in a timely fashion.

The post-holder is part of a team consisting of international investigators from Germany, local investigators (local PI, coordinators), laboratory technicians, midwives, fieldworkers and data management team. The post-holder is accountable in the first instance to the local PI, the team and field coordinators and the management of the KCCR.

 

Main Responsibilities/Activities

  • Conducting research and summarizing findings.
  • Review literature and analyse research findings.
  • Write research articles
  • Assist in the publication of research findings.
  • Communicate ideas and results with members.
  • Responding to emails relating to research.
  • Attending project meetings.
  • Preparing progress reports.
  • Collaborate resources to complete research plan.
  • Oversee the team’s junior members.

 

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

 The Post holder should have the following: (M = mandatory; E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • MPhil/MSc in Microbiology or equivalent (M)
  • At least one year experience in Bacteriology (M)
  • Good data analysis skills and ability to use data analysis software such as Microsoft Excel, SPSS, STATA, GraphPad Prism and R (M)
  • Good scientific writing skills (M)
  • Excellent knowledge in Good Clinical Practice (E)
  • Accurate, clear and organized record-keeping skills (E)
  • Planning skills with little supervision (E)
  • Initiative and decision-making abilities (E)
  • Have published at least one article in a research journal (D)

 The contract will be for a period of 12 months (renewable).

The position is based at KCCR, Kumasi, Ashanti Region.

Expected starting date: 1th March, 2023.


MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de copy to danquah@kccr.de and paintsil@kccr.de

Closing Date: 10th February, 2023. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact Charity Wiafe Akenten (danquah@kccr.de) or Ellis Kobina Paintsil (paintsil@kccr.de).

Insectary Laboratory Technician

VACANCY NOTICE – Insectary Laboratory Technician (1)

JOB LOCATION – Kumasi

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Group at KCCR is looking for an Insectary Laboratory Technician.

One of the main goals of the research group is to investigate diseases causing fevers in new-born and young children to provide guidance to reduce the burden of these diseases in Ghana and beyond.

For more information, visit our webpage: https://kccr-ghana.org/research-impact/research-groups-projects/paediatric-fevers/.

The post-holder shall undertake various activities associated with the research group. These activities will be performed either at KCCR, at the study sites in Ghana or outside Ghana. The post-holder is expected to have good organizational and communication skills. He/she should be willing to work efficiently within a multidisciplinary team to perform all activities in a timely fashion

He/she is accountable in the first instance to the Local PI, Co-PI, Project coordinator(s). He/She should always maintain a good relationship with external partners by communicating in a professional and courteous manner.

Main Responsibilities/Activities

  • Perform routine and specialised technical procedures (i.e. rearing mosquitoes, performing membrane feeding assays, reception and processing of samples, malaria cell culture), be able to plan and competently carry out laboratory work required by the research work including troubleshooting of processes and procedures encountered during the course of the work.
  • Support in the design and be familiar with all study protocols, standard operating procedures (SOP), study specific procedures and study forms.
  • Cohere to the established quality management system and support its improvement as required by GCLP to ensure reliability of specimen quality, testing procedures, proper function of laboratory equipment and to prepare and maintain applicable records.
  • Perform on-call duties in accordance with the requirements of the research activities.
  • Assist in the maintenance of a practical inventory of material supplies and equipment for performance of duties; clean and maintain standard laboratory equipment according to Standard Operating Procedure.
  • Report to supervisors as soon as deficiency is identified; and Initiate corrective action as instructed.
  • Support in reporting (results and analysis) on specific topics for general and scientific dissemination.

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

The Post holder should have the following:

Qualifications:

  • Degree in Entomology or Biological Science or equivalent (HND or BSC)

Essential attributes

  • At least 1 year experience in Entomology (rearing mosquitoes)
  • Dissection of mosquitoes and identification of parasites
  • Experienced in field study implementation for human sample and insect collection
  • Experienced in in Malaria slide reading
  • Competence in basic laboratory techniques
  • Willingness to learn new methodologies through rigorous training and perform as part of a team
  • Planning skills
  • Accurate, clear and organised record-keeping skills
  • Initiative and decision-making abilities
  • Adherence to confidentiality requirements

Desired Attributes

  • Experienced in Membrane Feeding Assay and establishing Anopheles colony
  • Knowledge in Molecular biology (PCR) and ELISA techniques
  • Knowledge in Good Clinical Practice and Good Clinical Laboratory Practice
  • Computer literacy, particularly with respect to Word, EXCEL, PowerPoint

Remuneration will be according to KCCR standards. The contract will be for a period of 12 months (renewable) with the first 3 months as probation.

Expected starting date: March 01, 2023

MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi with the following documents:

  • A motivation letter (700 – 1000 words)
  • A detailed CV and contact numbers and/or email addresses of three referees
  • Copies of undergraduate certificates

Email them to: info@kccr.de copy to, adjei-kusi@kccr.de  and e.puorideme@kccr.de

Closing Date: February 07, 2023, 17;00 GMT. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 

Doctoral (PhD) Student Position

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the Research Networks for Health Innovations in sub‐Saharan Africa (RHISSA) is seeking to recruit hardworking, enthusiastic and committed staff to occupy the under-listed positions on African One Health Network for Disease Prevention (ADAPT) project. The project is funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and seeks to build capacity for sustainable antimicrobial stewardship across sub-Saharan Africa.

  1. 2 Doctoral (PhD) Students Position
  2. Masters (MPhil) Student Position
  3. Research Assistant Position Doctoral (PhD) Student Position

Main Responsibilities/Activities

  • To support the team of researchers in the execution of ADAPT project activities by undertaking assigned tasks per the project’s protocol by using standard research techniques and methods.  These may include fieldwork, laboratory experimentation, computer-based data analysis and library research as directed by the PI.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Assisting in the development of standard operation procedures (SOPs) required for the execution of the project
  • Organising field and laboratory activities in consultation with the projects coordinator in accordance with SOPs generated.
  • Analysing and interpreting results of own research, under the supervision of PI and Co-PIs; writing up results towards the preparation of manuscripts for submission to appropriate journals and conferences, and other outputs as required and/or appropriate.
  • Planning own day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, in consultation with project coordinator dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable):

  • Masters in Clinical Microbiology/Immunology/Molecular Medicine/ Medical Laboratory Technology, Biological Sciences/ Biomedical Science or equivalent (E)
  • Experience of working with clinical samples (E)
  • Experienced in statistical analysis of clinical data (E)
  • Team player with good interpersonal working relationship (D)
  • Ability to work under pressure (E)
  • Ability to work for longer hours (E)

MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de & yamoako2002@gmail.com

Closing Date: 28th January 2023. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact Dr. Michael Frimpong (frimpong@kccr.de) or Prof. Richard Phillips (phillips@kccr.de) or Dr. Yaw Amoako (yamoako2002@gmail.com).

Masters (MPhil) Student Position

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the Research Networks for Health Innovations in sub‐Saharan Africa (RHISSA) is seeking to recruit hardworking, enthusiastic and committed staff to occupy the under-listed positions on African One Health Network for Disease Prevention (ADAPT) project. The project is funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and seeks to build capacity for sustainable antimicrobial stewardship across sub-Saharan Africa.

Masters (MPhil) Student position

Main Responsibilities/Activities

  • To support the team of researchers in the execution of ADAPT project activities by undertaking assigned tasks in accordance with the project’s protocol by making use of standard research techniques and methods.  These may include fieldwork, laboratory experimentation, computer-based data analysis and library research as directed by the PI.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Organising field and laboratory activities in consultation with the Postdoctoral fellow and the projects coordinator in accordance with SOPs generated.
  • Analysing and interpreting results of own research, under the supervision of PI and Co-PI; writing up results towards the preparation of manuscripts for submission to appropriate journals and conferences, and other outputs as required and/or appropriate.
  • Planning own day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, in consultation with the project coordinator dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

 QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences/Biochemistry/Medical Laboratory Technology or equivalent (E)
  • Basic laboratory experience and general knowledge in Good Laboratory Practice (E)
  • Experienced in statistical analysis of clinical data (E)
  • Team player with good interpersonal working relationship (D)
  • Ability to work under pressure (E)
  • Ability to work for longer hours (E)

MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de & yamoako2002@gmail.com

Closing Date: 28th January 2023. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact Dr. Michael Frimpong (frimpong@kccr.de) or Prof. Richard Phillips (phillips@kccr.de) or Dr. Yaw Amoako (yamoako2002@gmail.com).

Research Assistant Position

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the Research Networks for Health Innovations in sub‐Saharan Africa (RHISSA) is seeking to recruit hardworking, enthusiastic and committed staff to occupy the under-listed positions on African One Health Network for Disease Prevention (ADAPT) project. The project is funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and seeks to build capacity for sustainable antimicrobial stewardship across sub-Saharan Africa.

Research Assistant position

Main Responsibilities/Activities

  • To support the team of researchers in the execution of ADAPT project activities by undertaking assigned tasks in accordance with the project’s protocol.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Assisting the Postdoctoral fellow in the identification of patients and contacts during screening, recruitment and follow ups
  • Assisting the Postdoctoral fellow in the taking, mobilizing and transporting of samples from the field to KCCR for processing
  • Assisting the Postdoctoral fellow in processing, analysing and interpreting results under the supervision of PI and Coordinator
  • Collaborating with the Postdoctoral fellow in the planning of day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, in consultation with the Projects Coordinator dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences/Biochemistry/Medical Laboratory Technology or equivalent (E)
  • Basic laboratory experience (E)
  • Some knowledge in statistical analysis of clinical data (D)
  • Must be a team player and have good interpersonal working relationship (E)
  • Must be able to work under pressure (E)
  • Ability to work for longer hours (E)

MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de & yamoako2002@gmail.com

Closing Date: 28th January 2023. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact Dr. Michael Frimpong (frimpong@kccr.de) or Prof. Richard Phillips (phillips@kccr.de) or Dr. Yaw Amoako (yamoako2002@gmail.com).

3 Doctoral (PhD) Student Positions

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) is seeking to recruit hardworking, enthusiastic and committed staff to occupy the under-listed positions on the Microbiome and Resistome of Mycobacterium ulcerans (BuruliRES) project. The project is funded by German Research Foundation (DFG) and seeks to investigate the microbiome and resistome of Buruli ulcer (BU) lesions.

3  Doctoral (PhD) Student Positions

Main Responsibilities/Activities
  • To support the team of researchers in the execution of BuruliRES project activities by undertaking assigned tasks in accordance with the project’s protocol by making use of standard research techniques and methods. These may include fieldwork, laboratory experimentation, computer-based data analysis and library research as directed by the PI. Successful applicants will be based at the KCCR during the period of the project.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Assisting in the development of standard operation procedures (SOPs) required for the execution of the project
  • Organising field and laboratory activities in consultation with the projects coordinator in accordance with SOPs generated.
  • Analysing and interpreting results of own research, under the supervision of PI and Co-PIs; writing up results towards the preparation of manuscripts for submission to appropriate journals and conferences, and other outputs as required and/or appropriate.
  • Planning own day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, in consultation with project coordinator dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable):

  • Masters in Clinical Microbiology/ Immunology/Molecular Medicine/ Medical Laboratory Technology, Biological Sciences/ Biomedical Science or equivalent (E)
  • Experience in working with clinical samples (E)
  • Experienced in statistical analysis of clinical data (E)
  • Team player with good interpersonal working relationship (D)
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines (E)
  • Ability to work for long hours (E)

MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de & danquah@kccr.de & a.fokuoh_boadu@kccr.de

 Please ensure to copy all 3 addresses on the email.

 Closing Date: 28th January 2023. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the positions, please contact Dr. Yaw A. Amoako (yamoako2002@gmail.com) or Prof. Richard Phillips (phillips@kccr.de)

3 Masters (MPhil) Student position

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) is seeking to recruit hardworking, enthusiastic and committed staff to occupy the under-listed positions on the Microbiome and Resistome of Mycobacterium ulcerans (BuruliRES) project. The project is funded by German Research Foundation (DFG) and seeks to investigate the microbiome and resistome of Buruli ulcer (BU) lesions.

Masters (MPhil) Student position

Main Responsibilities/Activities

  •  To support the team of researchers in the execution of the BuruliRES project activities by undertaking assigned tasks in accordance with the project’s protocol by making use of standard research techniques and methods. These may include fieldwork, laboratory experimentation, computer-based data analysis and library research as directed by the PI. Successful applicants will be based at the KCCR during the period of the project.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Organising field and laboratory activities in consultation with the Postdoctoral fellow and the projects coordinator in accordance with SOPs generated.
  • Analysing and interpreting results of own research, under the supervision of PI and Co-PI; writing up results towards the preparation of manuscripts for submission to appropriate journals and conferences, and other outputs as required and/or appropriate.
  • Planning own day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, in consultation with the project coordinator dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS
The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences/ Biochemistry/ Medical Laboratory Technology or equivalent (E)
  • Basic laboratory experience and general knowledge in Good Laboratory Practice (E)
  • Experienced in statistical analysis of clinical data (E)
  • Team player with good interpersonal working relationship (D)
  • Ability to work under pressure (E)
  • Ability to work for longer hours (E)

MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de & danquah@kccr.de & a.fokuoh_boadu@kccr.de

Please ensure to copy all 3 addresses on the email.

Closing Date: 28th January 2023. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the positions, please contact Dr. Yaw A. Amoako (yamoako2002@gmail.com) or Prof. Richard Phillips (phillips@kccr.de)

Administrative Assistant

VACANCY NOTICE

 The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research Group at KCCR is looking for an Administrative Assistant to support the Research Group.

Main Responsibilities/Activities

Coordinate office procedures by ensuring the efficient and smooth day-to-day operation of the group activities.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in imprest requisition and retirement of claims
  • Assist in developing and maintaining a computer and manual filing system.
  • Assist in the organization and coordination of symposiums, annual meetings, and workshops.
  • Assist in booking travel arrangements (flight tickets, accommodation, ground transportation, visa application).
  • Support the ordering and maintaining of stocks and resources.
  • Assist in running other day-to-day activities of the group

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • Bachelor or HND in Administration or Business-related field (E)
  • At least one-year working experience (E)
  • Knowledge of office management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work (D)
  • Strong organizational and planning skills (D)
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills (D)
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, Doddle, and Google Suite (D)
  • Team player with good interpersonal working relationships (D)
  • Good communication and intercultural skills (D)

The contract will be for a period of 12 months (renewable), including a 3-month probation period.

Expected start date: February 15, 2023.

MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates, and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de with e.matey@kccr.de and ghid@kccr.de copied.

Closing Date: January 15, 2023. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by February 01, 2023. For further information on the position, please contact Esther Daley Matey (e.matey@kccr.de).