Early Post-Doctoral Researcher – Challenge Studies at KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP)

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Early Post-Doctoral Researcher

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Independently oversee and coordinate all clinical activities according to GCP and protocol requirements.
  • Prepare and execute research plans in liaison with other teams including those in the laboratories, data management and international collaborating partners.
  • Take the lead in/contribute to study/clinical trial set up, identification of resource requirements, documentation of protocols, staff training, and grading and identification of adverse events etc.
  • Work with the clinical team and researchers to provide good quality clinical care of study volunteers.
  • Supervise and mentor other study team members, i.e., research medical officers, clinical officers, nurses, etc.
  • Ensure that the rights, safety, and welfare of the study volunteers are protected, and clinical trial activities are conducted in accordance with the protocol, GCP and the regulatory guidelines. Ensuring adherence to the clinical SOPs regarding clinical and laboratory investigations of the volunteers in the study.
  • Lead the collection, processing, compilation, and analysis of study data/samples and ensure all related records and reports are handled and managed in line with study protocols.
  • Prepare, analyse, and present research summaries to Kilifi County public health staff, international collaborators, sponsors and at international conferences and meetings.
  • Liaise with data management teams to ensure that all data is entered into relevant databases on time and verified.
  • Carry out data analysis and interpretation and provide relevant matrices/ information including statistics, summaries, charts, graphs, reports, presentations etc.
  • Prepare and submit draft reports as required including activity reports, project progress reports etc.
  • Attend and actively participate in investigator’s meetings and other meetings within the research group, department, and programme e.g., journal clubs/seminars as needed.
  • To participate in manuscript preparation, grant development, among other scientific roles
  • Support and provide scientific mentorship and supervision of students working in the project.
  • And any other duties that may be assigned by supervisors from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD in a biomedical subject or any other relevant field.
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B;Ch.B.) degree or another related field.
  • Upto 4 years Post-Doctoral experience.
  • Eligibility for registration with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board .
  • Proven record of experience with human subject’s research or demonstrable active interest and/or experience in biomedical research. Work on clinical trials or observational studies is an added advantage.
  • Working experience in data analysis and use of statistical analysis software such as STATA or R.
  • Significant skills in leadership, organisation, prioritisation, problem solving and decision making.
  • Ability to network, communicate, resolving disputes, and maintain good working relationships within a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to lead and work within a team.

DESIRABLE:

  • Training in ICH-GCP.
  • Experience/qualification in adult medicine (clinical or research).
  • Experience/qualification in basic biostatistics and clinical research.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in clinical trials.
  • Training in adult life support (basic and/or advanced).
  • Current passport and ability to travel for international meetings

COMPETENCIES:

  • Demonstrated high levels of confidentiality and integrity
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, presentation, and communication skills 
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong Management, leadership, and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to build strong and diverse effective teams, delegation, and team motivation.
  • Ability to build productive and collaborative relationships with various stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

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