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The post holder will be involved in the NASOMUNE Project and will carry out NASOMUNE laboratory tests as appropriate, which include but are not limited to receiving and booking specimens, conducting microbiology and molecular biology tests on specimens, preparing specimens for storage, documentation, and record-keeping. The post holder will be required to work some unusual hours; this will be repaid by time off in lieu rather than overtime. Registered member of the Medical Council of Malawi and act in a professional manner at all times in accordance with their rules and guidelines.

Position: Research Assistant/Laboratory Technician – NASOMUNE Study


Qualifications: Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Desired attributes:
 Willingness to learn new concepts and blend skills from different scientific disciplines, critical thinking and attention to detail, experience in Molecular, microbiology and Immunological principles

Microbiology Lead (NASOMUNE)

Liaises with: 
NASOMUNE project staff, MLW staff

Responsible for: 
Conducting laboratory experimental procedures of the NASOMUNE study in accordance with international research standards

Job Summary: 
Working as part of a team conducting research under the direction and supervision of the NASOMUNE Lead. Assist the Lead in conducting the research, generating, and presenting research data.


Key responsibilities and expected deliverables:

  • To work in collaboration with the NASOMUNE lead and project staff and clinical staff at health facilities to ensure that the implementation of the study is well
  • To assist the NASOMUNE Lead in the collection and presentation of research data. This includes conducting experiments in the laboratory and maintaining an updated record of research findings.
  • To report to the Principal Investigator in a timely manner any expected and unexpected problems that may arise during the implementation of the study and collection of research data.
  • To attend induction for MLW laboratory staff and periodic training to fulfill the requirements of the position.
  • To maintain high standards of professional behavior at all times, in accordance with the MLW Code of Professional conduct.
  • To attend scientific meetings and seminars both internal and external as available and as requested by the NASOMUNE Lead.
  • To adhere to MLW health and Safety procedures and perform laboratory procedures in accordance with principles of Good clinical practice.
  • To perform any other assigned duties as directed by the NASOMUNE Lead.
  • The post holder will be required to work some unsocial hours; this will be repaid by time off in lieu rather than overtime.

General Tasks

  • To follow safe practice, always respecting the safety of fellow workers as laid out in the MLW Health and Safety Guidelines, and any specific departmental safety protocols.
  • To carry out sample processing and testing in accordance with research protocols (SOPs) as set out either by the Head of Department or Principal Investigator (PI).
  • To be aware of – and work using – the Quality Control protocols, both internal and external where appropriate set by the head of Department or PI.
  • To keep both paper and electronic records where appropriate.
  • To monitor and maintain laboratory equipment at regular intervals according to set SOPs as appropriate.
  • To keep all bench surfaces and equipment clean in all areas. (Except floors and hand basins which are cleaned by housekeepers).
  • To check stocks and report stock levels to the appropriate member of staff.
  • To carry out any other duty deemed to be reasonable as assigned by the line manager.


  • To assist in the training of new staff as appropriate.

Health & Safety

  • To always observe and follow the Health and Safety Guidelines.
  • To ensure that all areas of the laboratory section are kept clean and tidy by implementing a routine cleaning and disinfection schedule as instructed.
  • To attend at least once a year, the quarterly scheduled Health and Safety sensitizations.
  • To immediately notify the Line Manager of all accidents and potential hazards.

Error of Judgment:
 failure to abide by the Health & Safety protocols and putting oneself, colleagues, and Study participants at risk and failure to attend 1 Health &Safety session a year, will lead to disciplinary action.

All staff are employed under the MLW Programme and are ultimately responsible to the Programme whether directly employed under the Core Grant, a Research Fellowship, or a project grant. All staff are expected to be flexible and may be required to contribute to the activities of the Core Programme or another project(s).



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology or its equivalent degree which is recognised by the Medical Council of Malawi or diploma in Biomedical Sciences with over 4-year microbiology bench experience.

Remuneration and Benefits

MLW offers an attractive remuneration package that includes a competitive salary package commensurate with the position, a medical aid scheme, 24 hours insurance cover, pension scheme, gratuity benefits redeemable once every year, among others.

MLW also offers opportunities such as scholarships, upgrades, and training opportunities to employees. These are based on the success of job performance and other set criteria.

MLW recognizes its responsibility in safeguarding and protecting communities, research participants, and patients with whom MLW is working. Please note that successful candidates will be requested to undergo a safeguarding check prior to appointment and at regular time points during employment.

How to apply

Suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications with copies of relevant certificates, 3 contactable referees, and a detailed CV to this


The Human Resource Manager

Malawi-Liverpool –Wellcome Trust

P.O. Box 30096


Blantyre 3

To arrive no later than the 20 August 2021, only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

Skills Required

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