Senior Scientific Officer Vacancy at Medical Research Council, The Gambia

The MRC Unit, The Gambia is the Medical Research Council’s largest establishment conducting laboratory, field based and clinical research in a developing country.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Scientific Officer (VIDA)

Location: Gambia

Diarrhoea is the second leading cause of death among children less than 5 years of age. Global Enteric Multicentre Study (GEMS) demonstrated that rotavirus was the most common etiology of moderate to severe diarrhoea (MSD) during the first 2 years of life. Montoring the impact and effectiveness of programmatic introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in The Gambia is a high priority.

The impact of vaccine introduction on the epidemiology of diarrheal diseases will likely extend beyond changes in rotavirus-associated morbidity and mortality alone; shifts in the predominant pathogens and adverse outcomes associated with MSD are also expected.

The study is utilizing the established GEMS infrastructure and methodology to conduct a 36-month case-control study of MSD in The Gambia to provide a detailed assessment of the changes in incidence, etiology, and adverse clinical outcomes of MSD that emerge now that the rotavirus vaccine is in use in The Gambia.

Job Descriptions

  • Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for appointment as a Senior Scientific Officer for the Study. The post-holder will be based at MRC Falara and will be responsible for the molecular aspects of the VIDA study.
  • S/he will be assigned other tasks within the molecular microbiology laboratory and will be required to assist with the management of other team members within the molecular microbiology laboratory.


  • A PhD in molecular Biology/Microbiology or equivalent,
  • At least 2 years research experience in molecular microbiology research
  • Ability to supervise staff, ensuring that high standards are maintained at all times.
  • Willingness to work outside working hours when required according to sample delivery.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Good communication skills including scientific discussion and writing.
  • Experience with computer-based analyses and presentation of experimental data.
  • Hands on experience with real time PCR. quantitation using the TaqMan Array Cards (TAC), multiplex PCR, pathogen genomics, bioinformatics.
  • Experience with bacteriologic culture of diarrheal pathogens and immunoassays for the detection of Giardia, Entamoeba and Crytosporidium.
  • A strong track record of publication in peer reviewed journals,


  • MSc in Molecular Biology/Microbiology.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct demanding laboratory work in a productive and disciplined manner.
  • Practical experience with performing EQAs.
  • Practical experience working in a developing country,
  • Experience in writing SOP for laboratory procedures.
  • Record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Ability to work co-operatively in a diverse team.
  • Experience of working according to ICH-GCP.
  • Practical experience working in large multi-center studies.

Remuneration and Important Information

  • The salary will be paid in Grade 2 of MRC Unit, The Gambia’s payscaleat a gross monthly salary of 71, 223 Dalasi and net monthly salary of 59, 977 Dalasi, This converts to a gross salary of $1, 780 and a net pay of $1, 499 approximately per month using the prevailing Dalasi/U$D exchange rate.
  • Note: The salary will be paid in Dalasi and that the USC) figure quoted 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 and shipment of personal effects.
  • The appointment is for 2 years and is subject to a probationary period of six months,

How to Apply
Interested candidates should send an email to: to request an MRC Application Form and the Job Description.

Completed application forms, together with copies of qualification and a recent CV’s should be sent to:
Human Resources Office,
Vacancy for:
Senior Scientific Officer (VIDA),
MRC Unit, Fajara,
P.O. Box 273,
West Africa

Telephone: 00220 4495442-6, 00220 4494072-9

Application Deadline  20th November, 2015.

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