Job: Higher Scientific Officer/Head of Haematology

Title Higher Scientific Officer/Head of Haematology
Salary Grade 3, 27 Points
Location Fajara
Job Information

MRC Unit The Gambia is looking for an experienced Biomedical Scientist with specialised skills and experience to head the haematology laboratory at MRCG Fajara. The post holder will be directly responsible for providing high technical and quality management services to support research and clinical services delivery. S/he will supervise and manage a small team across different areas of specialism (haematology, blood transfusion, coagulation and quality) aimed at delivering a well functioning and consistent quality management system. The post holder will provide expertise in GCLP/ISO15189 and in the trouble shooting of laboratory equipments.


Essential requirements:

  • MSc in Biomedical Science and/or other equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field with good knowledge and experience in haematology, blood transfusion and coagulation.
  • Significant experience working in a research laboratory environment.
  • Previous experience in a managerial role.
  • Strong background in haematology techniques.
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft office applications).
  • Knowledge and experience of the standards, guidelines and regulations applicable to the haematology laboratory’s working practices towards GCLP/ISO 15189 accreditation.
  • Previous experience working in ISO15189/GCLP/GLP environment
  • Knowledge of current literature, techniques, diagnostic tools and equipments applicable to the haematology laboratory.
  • Willingness to work in other MRC field sites to provide technical and quality support.
  • The ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • The ability to develop and implement SOPs and WOIs for laboratory processes in GCLP/ISO15189 compliant format.
  • The ability and willingness to train staff on haematology procedures.
  • The ability to troubleshoot haematology assays.
  • The ability to take initiatives.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and be on the on-call rota.



  • Willingness to contribute to the writing of scientific articles if required.

The salary attached to the post is in Grade 3, 27 Points.


We cannot accept applications from individuals who are currently or in the last 6 months, employed by The Gambia Government.


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The appointment is up to 31st March 2021 and is subject to a probationary period of 6 months.


The closing date for the receipt of applications is 31st March 2017.


MRC is an Equal Opportunities Employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.