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Position: Lead Laboratory Microbiologist

Based in Malawi, the Laboratory Research Support Unit (LRSU) is recruiting for an experienced Lead Laboratory Microbiologist. The successful candidate will be an integral part of a vibrant laboratory, taking a primary role in supporting training, ensuring quality in both diagnostic and research microbiology laboratory capacity at MLW. 

Purpose of the Role:

MLW conducts excellent research to benefit health and trains the next generation of researchers.  This busy organisation is situated in Blantyre, Malawi, a country with a significant burden of infectious diseases, and therefore microbiology, immunology and related disciplines underpin much of what they do. 

The Role:

This role will be key to ensuring that the output of both core and project science assays are of the highest quality and to international standards; we have attained ISO15189: accreditation for a number of our key diagnostic tests and will be working to retain and expand the scope of the accreditation.

Key responsibilities are but not limited to:

  • Liaise closely with molecular biology teams already in place, as well as Principal Investigators who are managing their own lab work.
  • Drive the development and expansion of clinical microbiology in MLW primarily by increased collaboration with clinical partners at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
  • Identify need and implement focussed training within the microbiology lab sections through a rigorous need’s assessment and by close collaboration with clinical partners.
  • Support the development of new research projects that require high quality microbiology, thus supporting the Research Group Heads (currently 16 research groups).
  • Improve quality, catalyse new work, and take a leading technical support role in the research projects.
  • Be a key part of the LRSU management structure, particularly the Lab Steering Committee
  • Develop collaborative and strong working relationships with all relevant stakeholders and other departments within and outside MLW
  • Develop and manage a team of up to 12 people
  • Take responsibility for, and work with, Core LRSU staff and Principal Investigators to develop, implement and conduct quality control and assurance processes 

The Candidate:

Ideally you will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Degree in Biomedical Science
  • Relevant experience at a senior level in a high-quality diagnostic microbiology laboratory
  • Demonstrable experience in administration and resource management, including writing SOPs and other procedural documents
  • Experience working in resource limited settings
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamworking skills with the ability to work with staff at all levels both in Malawi and internationally
  • Demonstrable Experience with independent assay development and troubleshooting new techniques

Whilst not essential having demonstrable experience of leading technical assistance and working in resource limited settings would be advantageous to your application. 

(For a full list of essential and desirable criteria please refer to the job description and person specification)

Closing Date: 9th May 2021

Application Process: 
To apply for the position please follow this link(link is external) and upload your CV and Covering Letter. 

If you have any questions in relation to your application please email sends e-mail)

Please note: 

  • Take up of the role is conditional on the Malawian Immigration authority granting the successful candidate the relevant employment permit. 
  • Applicants should note that this appointment will be subject to Malawi tax regulations but will benefit from relevant allowances including relocation where applicable.

Inclusion is central to our values at LSTM. 

We seek to attract and recruit people who reflect the diversity across our communities, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, faith or belief, social background, age and disability. LSTM selects candidates based on skills, qualifications, and experience. 

We welcome conversations about flexible working; and applications from those returning to employment after a break from their careers. 

About LSTM

Founded in 1898 and the oldest of its kind in the world, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, NGOs, private organisations and global institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. 

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role. 

Look at some of the great work we have achieved over the past year by viewing our annual report: 

LSTM actively promotes Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding Policies 

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