Jobs at Medical Research Council

If you are interested and have the skills and abilities for this position please contact the Human Resources Office for an application form and a copy of the job description and person specification for the post.
Completed application forms together with photocopies of qualifications should be returned to:

Human Resources Office
Vacancy for: Research Clinician (PRINOGAM TRIAL)
MRC Unit, Fajara
P.O. Box 273
Banjul, The Gambia

Telephone: 00220 4495442–6 & 00220 4494072-9
E-mail: hr [at] mrc [dot] gm

Website: www.mrc.gm
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 21st January 2013.

MRC is an equal opportunities employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Research Clinician (PRINOGAM TRIAL)
Title       Research Clinician (PRINOGAM TRIAL)
Salary    Occupational Group E1/E2
Start Date            Thursday, December 20, 2012
End Date              Monday, January 21, 2013
Job Information               
The MRC Unit, The Gambia is the Medical Research Council’s largest establishment conducting laboratory, field based and clinical research in a developing country.  The Unit aims to improve the health of people in developing countries by contributing to the development, testing and safe adoption of interventions aimed at reducing the burden of morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases.

The Disease Control & Elimination theme has recently secured a research grant entitled “Primaquine’s gametocytocidal efficacy in malaria asymptomatic carriers treated with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine”. This is a clinical trial aiming at determining the lowest possible dose of primaquine for clearing gametocytes in asymptomatic malaria carriers.

We are looking for a Research Clinician to coordinate the activities of the research grant. The post-holder will be required to conduct village surveys to identify asymptomatic malaria parasite carriers, randomisation of eligible and consenting infected individuals to one of the 4 study groups, monitor the 42 day post treatment follow up and document responses and adverse events.

We seek someone with:
MB, BS/MD or equivalent medical qualification.
FWACP Part 1 or equivalent.
Experience in malaria research.
Significant experience on research projects conducted in low-income countries.
Practical experience in the implementation and co-ordination of epidemiological studies or randomized trials
Excellent inter-personal skills and a willingness to work with others to overcome problems as and when they arise.
Capacity to coordinate a complex group of studies.
Experience in data analysis.
Proven experience of managing staff.
Good record keeping skills.
Excellent written & spoken English.
Excellent communication skills.
Computer literacy in Windows – Word, Excel & statistical software.
The ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
The ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team.
The ability to deal sensitively with the study participants and the local population.
Willingness to work flexible hours and be on-call.
Although not essential, FWACP Part 2 or equivalent, MSc in epidemiology/public health and experience in collaborative research involving laboratory determined outcomes would be an advantage.

The salary attached to the post is in occupational group E1/E2 dependent on qualifications and experience.

We cannot accept applications from people who are currently, or in the last six months, employed by The Gambia Government.

The appointment is for 2 years.
The salary will be in Occupational Group E1/E2 dependent on qualifications and experience.


Location: Not Specified
Experience: 2 year(s)
Course of Study: Public health
Required Grade:  Not Specified