JOB DESCRIPTION Post: PDRA or RA in Molecular Diagnostics

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JOB DESCRIPTION
Post:
PDRA or RA in Molecular Diagnostics
Reference:
875
Responsible to:
Lecturer in Tropical Diagnostics
Contract:
22 months
Summary of role:
The post will involve working within the DFID funded consortium
COUNTDOWN. You will work on the molecular epidemiology and surveillance of NTDs in Ghana,
specifically on Schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths (especially Strongyloides). You will
work with the NTD team and the Polio surveillance network in Accra and you will be expected to
train collaborators in molecular diagnostic testing, collate, analyse and present data.
Key Responsibilities:
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Set-up of molecular diagnostics tests for neglected tropical diseases.
Training Polio laboratory staff in qPCR and analysis.
Travel to Ghana to organise and train staff for molecular testing.
Analyse test results from Ghana.
Report writing for DFID funded programme.
Write up of publications and presentations at conferences.
Some training of MSc students at LSTM.
PERSON SPECIFICATION: PDRA or RA – Ref 875
Criteria
Competency
Education &
Training
MSc or PhD in biological sciences or similar with
laboratory experience.
Experience
Demonstrable experience of working in a
laboratory.
Essential /
Desirable
E
Assessment
E
Application
Form,
Assessment and
Interview
E
Experience with qPCR.
Application
Form/CV
E
Experience of working to targets and deadlines.
D
Publication record in peer review journals.
D
Travel experience, working in different settings.
Knowledge
Skills &
Abilities
Special
Aptitude
Circumstances
Excellent communication skills (both written and
verbal) with the ability to communicate at all levels.
E
Knowledge of diagnostic development, evaluation
and implementation.
E
Molecular skills including qPCR.
E
Ability to write manuscripts for peer review journals.
E
Ability to perform training workshops in molecular
diagnostics.
E
Enthusiastic approach to work.
E
Ability to use initiative and work independently.
E
Willingness to develop further research protocols
for funding.
E
Willingness to help supervise and train PhD and MSc
students.
E
Able to start work in the UK (with appropriate visa)
before or during November 2015
Application
Form,
Assessment and
Interview
Assessment and
Interview
Assessment and
Interview
Application
Form/Interview
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