MAC-CDAC is a research unit under the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHes), formerly known as 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. These health problems are addressed 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 looking for self-motivated and open minded individuals interested in vector biology research and keen on learning and broadening their knowledge of malaria transmission and Anopheles vector biology. The junior researchers will be trained in mosquito biology, insectary management, molecular techniques, biological assays, and data analysis. The duration of the programme is 12 months with possibility of further extension based on performance and availability of funding.
The junior researcher/intern is expected to assist in the execution of several sub-studies implemented by the MAC Communicable Diseases Action Centre. The junior researcher will be required to take responsibility of advancing their professional goals under the guidance of scientific staff at MAC-CDAC and supervisors.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
These shall include but are not limited to the following:
1. Conduct literature reviews and critically analyse scientific articles
2. Assist with performing membrane feeding assays (MFAs)
3. Dissecting Anopheles female mosquitoes and detect oocysts
4. Assist with the recruitment of gametocyte carriers for MFAs
5. Assist with the planification of MFA activities
6. Assist with collecting, rearing and maintenance of mosquito colonies
7. Perform nets, wall and insecticide resistance bioassays
8. Perform data entry in hard copy and electronic format
9. Produce weekly reports and other activity reports as directed by supervisors
10. Draft and present data results at meetings
11. Participate in data analysis and the preparation of scientific manuscripts.
12. Assist with any other duties assigned by the supervisors
EXPERIENCE, COMPETENCIES AND EDUCATION:
Applicants must possess the following:
• A Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, entomology or related field (minimum).
• Experience with malaria vector biology research projects is an added advantage
• Willingness to learn, be mentored, and improve
Ability to recognize and sample mosquito larvae
• 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 have a flexible schedule when required
• Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team
• Ability to follow written instructions on experimental Standard Operating Procedures
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
The position will attract a salary with benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications as applicable to interns in the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences. KUHES 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 to:
The Administrative Manager
Malaria Alert Centre
Kamuzu University of Health Sciences
Applications should be submitted not later than 12th August 2022. Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.