Laboratory Technician

Human Sciences Research Council

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

12 MonthsContract

Jul 22

In delivering Social Science that makes a difference, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) exists within the Division of Human and Social Capabilities. The mission of the CCBR is to understand, identify and improve community wellbeing by exploring, describing, and addressing health, education, and quality of life through novel mixed methods approaches that combines multidisciplinary capacities, and to serve as a hub for knowledge generation, capacity building and training. Through engagement and advocacy for community-informed approaches, the CCBR is a champion for this work within the Division and across the HSRC. The CCBR currently have staff in both Durban and Pietermaritzburg with plans to grow activities and capacity beyond the borders of the Sweetwaters. The CCBR is looking for a suitably qualified person to take on the duties of Laboratory Technician to analyze, interpret and produce participant results from human specimens and to implement and maintain the quality management system for the laboratory. The successful candidate will primarily work on a multi-year HIV prevention trial. The Laboratory Technician will report to the Project Director and work closely with the senior management team, cross project units, project team and site support staff to successfully implement their role. This position is offered on a 12month contract. External AdvertLaboratory TechnicianReference: Ref: HSCT0821One Positions Available Analyze, interpret, and produce participant resultsReceive labeled and captured samples from Data CapturerCheck and verify that details on tubes and labels correspondCheck the suitability of samples to be analyzed no clots, not haemolysedPerform instrument and manual tests for HematologyPerform testing in Chemistry, Serology, and Molecular PCRAnalyze and interpret the resultsCapture manual test results on a laboratory information system Print the test results and correlate data Quality assurance and controlMonitor professional body registrations and CPDPerform internal and external quality control in conjunction with colleaguesPerform internal auditsReport all non-conformances within the QMS to managementConform to accreditation requirementsConduct maintenance and calibration of equipmentReview and implement changes to SOPs in order to ensure the laboratory is constantly able to provide high quality, cost-effective and correct resultsLaboratory administrationMonitor and control stock levels and advise if goods have to be orderedMonitor and control workflows and turnaround timesPerform relevant administration i.e. filing, copying, emailing, etc.Report any quality control issues to laboratory managementDemonstrate cost consciousness and assists in meeting budgetary targetsMonitor equipment calibration and maintenance to ensure accurate and reliable resultsAssist with training on new SOPsReceiving and processing of samples (When required)Assist in receiving when necessary, verify if the information on the sample is as the laboratory requisition formDecide following the SOP whether specimens are suitable for analysis and processingAnalysis of specimen

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