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Manager, Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory / Platform at the Medical Research Council Unit the Gambia (MRCG)

Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia – The MRC Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is one of two research units established in sub- Saharan Africa by the Medical Research Council UK and is the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM’s single largest investment in medical research in a low and middle income country. MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM represents a unique concentration of scientific expertise and high quality research platforms in the West African region.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Manager, Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory / Platform

Location: Fajara, Gambia
Department: Laboratory Services

Job Description

  • We are looking for an experienced professional in Molecular Biology to lead our Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Fajara.
  • The post-holder will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Molecular Diagnostics (MDx) Laboratories and supervision of staff.
  • S/he will be responsible for strengthening core platform capabilities to support research through conducting existing assays to a unified standard, developing standardised protocols, training members of the laboratory and developing new tools and methods in molecular analysis to meet the needs of Research Projects.

Essential Requirements

  • M.Sc in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or other Biomedical Sciences from an accredited University with significant experience in Molecular biology research.
  • Substantial experience of active work in a research laboratory environment.
  • 5 years experience
  • Demonstrated experience in current Molecular diagnostic technologies including variations of nucleic acid extraction, amplification and detection techniques. Demonstrated knowledge in assay development and optimization
  • Demonstrated knowledge of molecular laboratory diagnostics of Sars-CoV-2 and other infectious pathogens.
  • Experience managing a team of at least four staff.
  • Experience working in Bio-safety level-3 facility.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and training in GCLP implementation and ISO15189 accreditation quality standards.
  • Evidence of previous publications in the area of molecular biology techniques and genotyping.
  • Experience in setting up basic bioinformatics analysis and use of softwares for sequence analysis.
  • Ability to supervise staff, ensuring that high standards are maintained at all times.


  • Training in quality management systems and processes as they pertain to research and/or research laboratory environments.
  • Knowledge of Next Generation technologies and experience managing large diagnostic data sets.
  • Good budgetary and cost management skills.

Condition of Service and Salary

  • The appointment is for 3 years initially and is subject to a probationary period of 6 months.
  • The salary will be paid in Grade 2, 32 Points of MRCG at LSHTM’s payscale at a minimum net monthly salary of 72, 307 Dalasis. This converts to a take home pay of $1,440 approximately per month using the prevailing Dalasi / USD exchange rate.
  • Please note that the salary will be paid in Dalasi and the USD figure is only given as a guide.
  • For displaced staff, the package will include rent-free furnished accommodation, flights, displacement allowance for spouse and children, contribution to school fees for children and shipment of personal effects.

Deadline: 30th June 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should download the Application Form below. Completed Application Forms and relevant documents should be emailed to:

Click here to Download Application Form (MS Word)


  • We cannot accept applications from individuals who are currently, or in the last six months, employed by The Gambia Government.
  • MRCG at the LSHTM is an Equal Opportunities Employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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