Opportunities & Vacancies

Project Manager

Job Opening

Position:    Project Manager in the Global Health and Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Research Groups,
Job location:   Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Reports in the Research group to:   Principal Investigator
Reports at KCCR to:    Scientific Director, Head of Administration

A. Summary
Based at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Ghana, our main goal is to conduct cross-cutting interdisciplinary research in Global health and infectious diseases and to provide guidance to reduce the burden of these diseases in Ghana and beyond. For more information, visit our webpages: https://kccr-ghana.org/research-impact/research-groups-projects/paediatric-fevers/ and https://kccr-ghana.org/research-impact/research-groups-projects/global-health-infectious-diseases-group/

The post-holder shall undertake various activities associated with the research groups. 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. Functional Relationships
The Project Manager is part of a team consisting of international and local investigators. The Officer serves as a liaison between the research group and KCCR administrative department; and between KCCR and the institute partners within the consortia the research group belong to. The Project Manager is accountable in the first instance to the local Principal Investigators (PIs). The Project Manager should always maintain a good relationship with the co-worker, KCCR staff and the external partners by communicating in a professional and courteous manner.

C. Scope of the Position
The Project Manager oversees the project activities to ensure the desired results are achieved by providing administrative and financial support to a portfolio of in-country and multi-country projects and working closely with the PIs, the Project Finance Officer, partner institutions, KCCR finance and administrative departments and ensuring compliance with funder’s policies.
The Project Manager put in place a structure that optimized the efficiency of the communication and administrative process for the research team.

D. Tasks and Responsibilities
Communication
– Facilitate the relationship between the PIs, the Lead Institution and the Funders.
– Manage internal and external communication with partner institutions.
Planning of resources
– Plan with the PIs on the sourcing and use of resources to achieve the goals and objectives of the projects within allotted timelines and budgets.
– Coordinate the planning, preparation and submission of grant applications.
Monitoring Progress and Risks Management
– Monitor the preparation and progress of each milestone and deliverables of the projects. Ensure that progresses are in time with the deadlines assigned to enable the projects to run smoothly.
– Oversee regulatory compliance issue regarding Clinical Trials and record Institutional Review Board approvals.
– Manage administrative aspects of the projects in line with the funder’s requirements.
– Perform day-to-day management of project team and address any team issues promptly in consultation with the PI(s).
– Conduct regular meetings with the local team and also with partner institutions to discuss project status and issues in a transparent manner.

Reporting and Documentation
– Organize, support, provide follow-up and report pertinent issues to PIs.
– Prepare project documents and research reports for PIs.
– Represent PIs in a meeting if necessary.
– Prepare annual technical reports to grantors.

E. Required qualifications, competences and experience
Qualifications:
– Master’s or higher degrees
– At least 2 years of experience in project management, including within international Consortia or Research Networks

Essential attributes

– Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
– Dynamic person with demonstrated capacity for team work and team leadership
– Critical thinking, excellent analytical abilities and attention to detail
– Familiar with clinical research activities
– Ability to prioritize workload, assume responsibility for work, and follow through to completion
– Ability and willingness to work under pressure as a part of a global team
– High computer literacy including knowledge of Microsoft software products, Office suites, management software etc.

Desired Attributes
– Familiarized with Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
– Oral and written proficiency in French

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

G. How to apply
Email the following to: the Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, (e-mail: info@kccr.de and copy ghid@kccr.de) no later than May 29, 2020,17:00 GMT.
– A motivation letter (700-1,000 words)
– A detailed CV including the contact numbers and/or email addresses of three referees
– Two recommendation letters
Expected starting date: June 15, 2020

Postdoctoral Research fellow

Job Opening

Position:     Postdoctoral Research fellow in Global Health and Infectious Diseases
Job location:    Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Reports in the Research group to:    Principal Investigator
Reports at KCCR to:    Scientific Director, Head of Administration

A. Summary
The Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research Group (aka AG AMUASI) is a research group based at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Ghana. The research group conducts cross-cutting interdisciplinary researech in Global health and infectious diseases. To achieve our goals, we are involved in different consortia with different partners across Africa and overseas. For more information, visit our webpage: https://kccr-ghana.org/research-impact/research-groups-projects/global-health-infectious-diseases-group/

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. Functional Relationships
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is part of a team consisting of international and local investigators. The Officer will be responsible for the running of studies and contribute to concept development and protocol implementation for some of our studies. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is accountable in the first instance to the local Principal Investigators (PIs). The Postdoctoral Research Fellow should always maintain a good relationship with the co-worker, KCCR staff and the external partners by communicating in a professional and courteous manner.

C. Scope of the Position
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow oversees the project activities to ensure the desired results are achieved by providing scientific and administrative support to a portfolio of in-country and multi-country projects and working closely with the PIs, the Project Finance Officer, partner institutions, KCCR finance and administrative departments, regulatory bodies, collaborators and ensuring compliance with funder’s policies.
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will put in place a structure that optimizes the efficiency of the study implementation, communication and administrative process for the research team.

D. Tasks and Responsibilities
• Contribute to research concept generation and development
• Be involved in research design, data collection and analysis where necessary
• Support the overal running of the research group and related activities including capcity development and community service
• Coordinate the planning, preparation and submission of grant applications.
• Lead the implmentation of studies under the supervision oft he PIs
• Perform day-to-day management of project team and address any team issues promptly in consultation with the PI(s).
• Plan with the PIs on the sourcing and use of resources to achieve the goals and objectives of the projects within allotted timelines and budgets.
• Oversee regulatory compliance issue regarding Clinical Trials and record Institutional Review Board approvals.
• Organize, support, provide follow-up and report pertinent issues to PIs.
• Prepare project documents and research reports for PIs.
• Draft manuscripts and prepare scientific reports.
• Represent PIs in a meeting if necessary.
• Prepare annual technical reports to grantors.
• Coordinate the planning, preparation and submission of manuscripts for publications

E. Required qualifications, competences and experience
Qualifications:
– Either PhD or MBChB/MD with Masters degree (basic science, bio-medical, public health)
– At least 3 years of research experience in the biomedical and/or health sciences
– At least 2 years of experience in coordinating studies and research management

Essential attributes
– Experience in the use of statistical software tool and biostatistics
– Some experience in laboratory work or work involving laboratory analysis of biological samples
– Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
– Dynamic person with demonstrated capacity for team work and team leadership
– Critical thinking, excellent analytical abilities and attention to detail
– Familiar with clinical research activities
– Ability to prioritize workload, assume responsibility for work, and follow through to completion
– Ability and willingness to work under pressure as a part of a global team
– High computer literacy including knowledge of Microsoft software products, Office suites etc.

Desired Attributes
– Postdoctoral experience in clinical research, infectious diseases, public health or related disciplines
– Familiarized with Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
– Oral and written proficiency in French

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

G. How to apply
Email the following to: the Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, (e-mail: info@kccr.de and copy ghid@kccr.de no later than June 05, 2020,17:00 GMT.
– A motivation letter (700-1,000 words)
– A detailed CV including the contact numbers and/or email addresses of three referees
– Two recommendation letters
Expected feedback date: June 15, 2020

Data Manager and Analyst

Job Opening

Position:  Data Manager and Analyst in Global Health and Infectious Diseases
Job location: Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Reports in the Research group to: Principal Investigator
Reports at KCCR to: Scientific Director, Head of Administration

A. Summary
The Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research Group (aka AG AMUASI) is a research group based at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Ghana. The research group conducts cross-cutting interdisciplinary research in Global health and infectious diseases. To achieve our goals, we are involved in different consortia with different partners across Africa and overseas. For more information, visit our webpage: https://kccr-ghana.org/research-impact/research-groups-projects/global-health-infectious-diseases-group/

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. Functional Relationships
The Data Manager and Analyst is part of a team consisting of international and local investigators. The Officer will be responsible for data management and supporting analysis of data from the Group’s work. He/She shall contribute to development of data management systems to support ongoing studies. The Data Manager is accountable in the first instance to the local Principal Investigators (PIs). The Data Manager should always maintain a good relationship with the co-worker, KCCR staff and the external partners by communicating in a professional and courteous manner.

C. Scope of the Position
The Data Manager/Analyst oversees the set-up, acquisition, storage and use of data from ongoing studies with the Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research Group and its partners. He/She will provide and maintain a platform together with its data management activities to ensure the desired results are achieved by providing GCP compliant data management infrastructure to support portfolios of in-country and multi-country projects and working closely with the PIs, Postdocs, Study Coordinators, Project Managers, Lab and Field Staff, the Project Finance Officer, Partner Institutions, KCCR Finance and Administrative Departments, Regulatory Bodies, Collaborators and ensuring compliance with funder’s policies. The Data Manager/Analyst will put in place a structure that optimizes the efficiency of the study implementation, documentation and storage process for the research team.

D. Tasks and Responsibilities
• Contribute to research concept generation and development.
• Contribute to the planning, preparation and submission of grant applications.
• Lead the implementation of data management for studies under the supervision of the PIs.
• Performing/managing the responsibilities associated with the acquisition, documentation, review, cleaning and processing of research data collected for ongoing studies.
• As a member of the clinical study team, relay information regarding data management status, knowledge regarding area of discipline, and timelines affecting Data Management deliverables.
• Ensuring the Case Report Form is designed according to the Clinical Protocol, utilizing Data Standards where possible, and document deviations, if necessary.
• Creating the Data Management Plan, Data Cleaning Plan, Quality Control Plan, and Data Management Report while ensuring consistency with the Clinical Trial Protocol and are in compliance with internal or sponsor procedures, international or national regulations and Good Clinical Practices.
• Projecting, planning, developing, implementing and delivering quality results in a timely manner.
• Interpreting the Clinical Protocol to ensure the accurate and efficient design of the CRF.
• Analyzing metrics surrounding the activities associated with the acquisition, documentation, review, cleaning and processing of research data.
• Interpreting study timelines and prioritizing workload appropriately.
• Coordinating and managing the activities of a study implementation team, typically. This includes reviewing and approving all documents issued by the Clinical Data Management trial team.
• Coordinating clinical research data management initiatives, to contribute to the continuous improvement of the processes and technologies utilized within the research group.
• Ensuring Data Management tasks are performed according to the study protocol and data management plan, while ensuring adherence to ethics and research regulations, Good Clinical Practice and Good Clinical Data Management Practices.

E. Required qualifications, competences and experience
Qualifications:
– At least a masters in (mathematics, statistics, public health, informatics and related disciplines)
– At least 2 years of experience in data management in research
– At least 2 years of experience in statistical analyses of research data
Essential attributes
– Excellent knowledge and experience in the use of data management and statistical software tools, basic programming tools and biostatistics
– Excellent knowledge of MS Office products.
– Excellent communication, organization, and problem-solving skills.
– Ability to work independently, as well as handle a number of diverse projects simultaneously, under tight time constraints.
– Experience in responding rapidly to changing priorities and in managing aggressive deadlines.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
– Independent decision making and implementation
– Familiar with clinical research activities
– Dynamic person with demonstrated capacity for team work and team leadership
Desired Attributes
– Working experience in clinical, operational and implementation research or and epidemiology studies, infectious diseases, public health or related disciplines
– Working knowledge of medical terminology, ethics and research regulations, Good Clinical Practice, and Good Clinical Data Management Practices.

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

G. How to apply
Email the following to: the Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, (e-mail: info@kccr.de and copy ghid@kccr.de no later than June 05, 2020,17:00 GMT.
– A motivation letter (700-1,000 words)
– A detailed CV including the contact numbers and/or email addresses of three referees
– Two recommendation letters
Expected feedback date: June 15, 2020

Insectary Laboratory Technician

 

Position

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

        Qualifications:

     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

VACANCY NOTICE

 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.

QUALIFICATIONS/ PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

 

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).

 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

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).