Job: Research Clinician – NeoInnate Project

Title Research Clinician – NeoInnate Project
Salary Grade 2 -30-32 points
Start Date Tuesday, February 14, 2017
End Date Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Location Serrekunda General Hospital (Kanifing)
Job Information

The MRC Unit The Gambia is the Council’s largest establishment conducting medical research in a developing country.  The Unit aims to improve the health of people in low-income countries by excellence in multi-disciplinary research programmes.

We are looking for a Research Clinician to work on the NeoInnate Project. The project is undertaking a large neonatal observational cohort study at Serrekunda General Hospital in Kanifing to assess neonatal nutritional immunity and its role in neonatal susceptibility to infection.

The post-holder will be based at Serrekunda General Hospital (Kanifing) and will work on a BMGF funded study looking at neonatal iron metabolism in full term, preterm and low birth weight neonates.

S/he will be mainly responsible for the recruitment and clinical care of study participants (i.e. mothers and their neonates). Advise and oversee the eligibility of all recruited mothers into the project, assess neonates using the exclusion criteria and New Ballard Score. S/he will work closely with all members of the project team and will be required to conduct surveillance for morbidity and mortality among study participants, report clinical events to the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator.


The appointment is up to 30th April 2018 in the first instance.


  • MB BS/MD or equivalent medical qualification.
  • Excellent communication skills including scientific discussion and writing.
  • Proven experience of clinical care of pregnant mothers and neonates.
  • Experience with computer-based analyses and presentation of experimental data.
  • Experience using New Ballard Score to gestational age newborns.
  • Ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize and multi-task.
  • Ability to work closely with principal investigator and co-investigator.
  • Attention to detail; able to synthesize, organize and present data efficiently.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines.


  • Practical experience working in a developing country.
  • Experience in writing SOP for laboratory procedures.
  • Experience managing and training staff.
  • Willingness to work outside working hours (nights, weekends and public holidays).


The salary will be paid in Grade 2 -30-32 points dependent on qualifications and experience.

The salary will be paid in Grade 2 and will be dependent on qualifications and experience. The take home salary for a Research Clinician 1 is 67,281.57 Dalasi per month equivalent to a net salary of $1,495 per month. Candidates with part 2 FWACP/MRCG will be appointed as Research Clinician 2 with a take home salary of 74,252.73 equivalent to $1, 650 per month using the prevailing USD/Dalasi exchange rate. 


Please note that the salary will be paid in Dalasis and the USD figure quoted is given as a guide using the prevailing USD/Dalasi exchange.

For displaced staff the package will include displacement allowances for family, flights, contribution to school fees for children and shipment of personal effects.

To apply, please contact the Human Resources Office by email at to obtain an application pack.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is Tuesday 28th February 2017.

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

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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