Employment in Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU)

The Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) based at the National Institute for Medical Research campus in Mwanza, Tanzania is a collaborative research unit of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the National Institute for Medical Research. The mission of the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit is to contribute to improving health through the development and evaluation of interventions against infections, cancer and other health problems by conducting research, including clinical trials, to the highest international standards. MITU aims to enhance the capacity to carry out such research in Tanzania and to contribute to the translation of research findings into health policy. The Unit is currently collaborating with other international research partners on an exciting 3 year clinical trial (the DoRIS trial) to compare the safety and immunogenicity of a one, two and three dose schedule of human papillomavirus vaccines that can prevent cervical cancer. The study will be conducted in healthy females in Mwanza city. The Unit is now inviting applications from motivated and suitably qualified candidates to fill the following position that will be based at the research laboratory of the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Mwanza.

Trial Clinician
The successful applicant will be a fully-registered medical practitioner (doctor), and will ideally have a post graduate qualification in epidemiology or a related field; proven technical expertise in the quality management of clinical trials related to infectious diseases and/or vaccines; experience in clinical/laboratory procedures in research and collaborative research involving human clinical, epidemiological or laboratory outcomes; proven skills and experience

Specific Responsibilities
Assist the Principal Investigators and Trial Manager with the implentation of the clinical trial in the Mwanza including:
Day-to-day management of the clinical trial site in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Dealing with clinical results and queries, reviewing case report forms, and other relevant study documentation and maintaining Study Master Files.
Participating in communication between MITU/NIMR, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM; the trial sponsor) and the other international trial partners.
Coordinating, training and supervising field team staff in MITU/NIMR (and other sites as required) in order to ensure that the trial is conducted to GCP and other international trial standards.
Participating in meetings and discussions to discuss research progress, findings and any other aspects of the study.
Participating in writing up of the trial findings in reports (e.g. for the TFDA) and peer-reviewed publications.
Preparation of reports for the trial governance bodies (e.g. Trial Steering Committee, Data and Safety Monitoring Board) and the funding agency.
Travel to progress and coordination meetings as required.
Undertaking other duties as may be required by the Principal Investigators of the trial and the Trial Manager.

Essential Qualifications
Candidates must be fully-registered medical doctor, with a medical degree from a recognised university.
At least one year’s relevant experience working on clinical trials, or as a research coordinator of a large epidemiological study.
Clinically active within the past 3 years and evidence of current registration to practice medicine in Tanzania.
Evidence of having practical experience in the management of research teams.
Evidence of having practical experience of assisting with leading or coordinating GCP compliant studies, including familiarity of study monitoring visits.
Evidence of having worked effectively both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary scientific team.
Excellent inter-personal skills and a willingness to work with others to overcome problems as and when they arise.
Evidence of having worked effectively in a multicultural environment.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
Ability to relocate to Mwanza to start work for MITU as soon as possible and no later than October 2016.

Desirable Qualifications
At least one year of experience working in on early phase clinical trials
Experience of working on vaccine-related research studies.
Experience of working in sub-Saharan Africa, and ideally in East Africa.
A postgraduate qualification in epidemiology or public health (or equivalent experience demonstrated through publications).

Mode of application: All applications must be sent by email to the address below.
Letter of application addressed to Dr Severin Kabakama with details of how you meet EACH of the above criteria and suitability for the post.
A daytime mobile telephone number and e-mail contact details.
Curriculum vitae (CV) including names and addresses of three referees (two must be from your most recent employers).
Copies of all relevant certificates, memberships and qualifications.

Closing date for applications
Applications received later than Friday 23rd September 2016 will not be considered
Interviews will be held at the earliest available opportunity and you will be notified by email if you are selected for interview.

All documents to be sent by email to recruitment@mitu.or.tz

A competitive remuneration package will be offered.

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