College of Medicine
MAC-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES ACTION CENTRE (MAC-CDAC)
ENTOMOLOGY RESEARCH ASSISTANT (BLANTYRE) – 2 POSTS
MAC-CDAC is a research unit under the College of Medicine that works with Ministry of health, local and international health agencies to address priority health problems in Malawi and the SADC region through operational and evidence synthesis research, capacity building and training, health care systems strengthening, disease surveillance, and monitoring and impact evaluation in communicable diseases including malaria, HIV, vaccine preventable diseases and Neglected tropical diseases.
We are currently looking for self-motivated and talented individuals interested in vector biology research and broadening their knowledge of malaria entomology. The research assistant will assist in the execution of the Essential Entomological Indicators for Assessment of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (ESSENTIALS) project in Malawi. The study, in collaboration with the WHO and other collaborators, seeks to develop and set clear guidelines for use of a minimal set of entomological indicators, adaptable for different settings, for malaria control programmes to use when selecting the LLIN with the greatest public health impact in malaria endemic countries.
The Research Assistant will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) implement project activities including, live anopheline mosquito collections for various bio-assays, experimental hut trials and mosquito flight tracking experiments. S/he will engage in scientific experiments, literature review, report and scientific writing to answer some of the project’s research questions. The successful candidate must be open minded and have a thirst for knowledge to explore unfamiliar fields of science. The successful candidate will be expected to manipulate data, develop analysis plans, and carry out preliminary data analysis
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Conducting susceptibility tests
• Conducting net assays
• Implementing experimental hut trials
• Conduct flight tracking experiments
• Write and publish scientific papers
• Perform live mosquito collections
• Perform data entry in hard copy and electronic format
• Analyse study data
• Maintain inventory and organization of project equipment
• Prepare weekly and other activity reports as directed by project PI
• Share and present research findings at local and/ or international scientific meetings
• Assist with arranging and scheduling project meetings
• Perform other additional duties assigned by the project PI
EXPERIENCE, COMPETENCIES AND EDUCATION:
Applicants must possess the following:
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, entomology or related field.
• Experience with malaria vector biology research projects is an added advantage
• Willingness to learn, be mentored, and improve
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Internet and e-mail applications
• Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and meet strict deadlines
• Must be prepared to work odd hours when required
• Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team
• Ability to follow written instructions on experimental Standard Operating Procedures
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
The positions will attract a salary with benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications as applicable to contract staff in the College of Medicine. COM is an equal opportunity employer.
Suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications together with copies of relevant certificates and detailed CVs with names, contact numbers and emails of three traceable referees (one of whom should be the most recent employer) to:
College of Medicine
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Applications should reach the Registrar not later than 9th April 2021. Only short-listed candidates shall be acknowledged.