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Insectary Laboratory Technician



Insectary laboratory technician in Infectious Disease Epidemiology  Research Group

Job location Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Number of positions available: 1 (one)
Reports in the Research group to Principal Investigator, Project coordinators
Reports at KCCR to: Scientific Director, Head of Administration, Head of Laboratories


A.     Summary

As a research group in sub-Sahara Africa based at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Ghana, our main goal is to investigate diseases causing fevers in new-born and young children in order to provide guidance to reduce the burden of these diseases in Ghana and beyond. To achieve our goal, we are involved in different consortia with different partners across Africa and overseas. Our research activities are mainly supported via European funders like the German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF), (European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), German Research Foundation (DFG) and Wellcome Trust/Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (WT/AESA). 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 organisational and communication skills. He/she should be willing to work efficiently within a multidisciplinary team in order to perform all activities in a timely fashion.

 B.     Accountability

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 will also be supervised by the international investigators.

The post-holder should always maintain a good relationship with external partners by communicating in a professional and courteous manner.


C.     Tasks and Responsibilities

1.      Perform routine and specialised technical procedures (i.e. rearing mosquitoes, 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

2.      Support in the design and be familiar with all study protocols, standard operating procedures (SOP), study specific procedures and study forms.

3.      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.

4.      Perform on-call duties in accordance with the requirements of the research activities.

5.      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.

6.      Report to supervisors as soon as deficiency is identified; and Initiate corrective action as instructed.

7.      Support in reporting (results and analysis) on specific topics for general and scientific dissemination.


D.     Required qualifications, competences and experience


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


       Essential attributes

          At least 3 years experienced 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


E.     Remuneration

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

 F.      How to apply

Email the following to: the Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, (e-mail: info@kccr.de and copy adjei-kusi@kccr.de and maiga@kccr.de) no later than March 10, 2019,17:00 GMT.

    A motivation letter (700-1,000 words)

    A detailed CV including the contact numbers and/or email addresses of three referees

 Expected starting date: April 01, 2020


Doctoral (PhD) Student Position


 The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) is seeking to recruit a hardworking, enthusiastic and committed individual to occupy a Doctoral (PhD) Student Position on the Filariasis project. The project is funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and seeks to investigate the efficacy of anti-wolbachial drugs in the treatment of onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis.

 Doctoral (PhD) Student Position

Main Responsibilities/Activities

·         To support the team of researchers in the execution of filariasis project activities by undertaking assigned tasks in accordance with the Project’s protocols 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 Principal Investigator (PI).


Activities include but not limited to:

·         Assisting in the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) required for the execution of the project.

·         Organising field and laboratory activities in consultation with the Postdoctoral fellow and the Project coordinator in accordance with SOPs generated.

·         Analysing and interpreting results of own research, under the supervision of the PI and the Coordinator; 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 Postdoctoral fellow and Project coordinator dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.



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

  • Masters degree in Clinical Microbiology/ 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).


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

Closing Date: 28th February 2020.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

For further information on the position, please contact Prof. Alexander Yaw Debrah (yadebrah@yahoo.com), Dr. (Mrs.) Linda B. Debrah (lbdebrah.chs@knust.edu.gh or bastsa.debrah@kccr.de) or Dr. Jubin Osei-Mensah (jubinom@yahoo.com).