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Technical Officers

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), India

1. POSITIONS VACANT:  Technical Officers (TO);Multiple vacancies, based at different laboratories being strengthened by FIND India.

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) is an international non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization is dedicated to activities that result in: 1) new diagnostic tools; 2) expanded access to these tools; and 3) strengthened diagnostic testing capacity for poverty-related diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

For more information about the organization, please visit http://www.finddx.org/

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

The TO will report administratively, on a day-to-day basisto theDirector and Head of the concerned TB Lab and shall functionally be under the direct supervision of FIND India’s Technical Team, as well as the TB Lab-in-Charge.

Key Responsibilities:

(1) Providing technical support to assist the C& DST lab in expansion of the full range of newer TB diagnostic activities for rapid diagnosis of TB including drug resistant TB;
(2) Testing of patient specimens on LPA and LC at the lab in a timely manner;
(3) Managing clinical and laboratory aspects of the lab and ensuring collection, recording and reporting of clean, quality data;
(4) Supporting the Director and Head of TB Laboratory in planning and scaling up of quality assured Line Probe Assay (LPA) and Liquid Culture (LC) with Rapid Speciation (RS) using lateral flow immune chromatographic assay for MDR-TB diagnosis;
(5) Acquiring expertise in approved newer diagnostics tests such as LPA, LC and RS;
(6) Implementing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for TB laboratories, including SOPs for specific aspects of LPA, LC and RS and specifications for equipment, infection control, etc, to ensure Good Laboratory Practices (GLP);
(7) Ensuring proficiency in the identified newer TB diagnostics at the allotted site before they are applied for patient care under RNTCP. Also maintenance of ongoing proficiency in these diagnostics, ensuring accuracy of results being communicated to the TB patient;
(8) Providing support to the Lab-in-Charge for all laboratory operations including regular MIS functioning, maintenance of all lab equipments, logistics of various lab consumables, etc.;
(9) Supervising and supporting the lab technicians at the lab, in day-to-day activities connected with newer TB diagnostics, ensuring quality control;
(10) Assisting the Lab in-Charge in providing monthly / quarterly and annual reports in the prescribed formats on activities, achievements, challenges and recommendations;
(11) Urgently reporting all adverse events in laboratory functioning to the Lab in-Charge and FIND India Technical Team;
(12) Liaising and facilitating with the FIND India technical team on all technical matters relating to laboratory functioning in consultation with the Lab-in-Charge;
(13) Undertaking any other job assigned by state authorities and the FIND India technical team, as per project need.

4. QUALIFICATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Qualification:
Masters in Science with a specialization in Microbiology/ Medical Microbiology/ Applied Microbiology/ Clinical Microbiology/ Biotechnology/ Medical Biotechnology, or higher qualification.

Experience:
Candidates with experience in Rapid TB Diagnostics or Molecular Techniques shall be given preference.

Skills and Attitude:
(1) Good oral and written communication skills;
(2) Strong team orientation;
(3) Ability to work independently, with minimum handholding and supervision;
(4) Energetic, resilient and passionate;
(5) Professional, mature and confident.

5. COMPENSATION OFFERED:

Gross compensation budgeted for the position on a cost to organization (CTO) basis is Rs.3 lacs per annum. Please note that gross compensation is fully taxable.

(Note: Candidates shall be working on the payroll of SAMS, a leading HR Agency for the health and development sectors in India).

6. NATURE OF APPOINTMENT:

The selected candidate shall be initially offered till October 31, 2017 consultancy contract, renewable based on satisfactory performance.

7. LOCATION:

Vacancies for TOs exist at multiple locations, details of which are available at www.sams.co.in

8. REFERENCE: TO-FIND

9. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.,
1/1B (Ground Floor), Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar, New Friends Colony, New Delhi -110 025;
(Landmark: Near Mata Mandir)
Phone No.- 011- 26842162; 41653612; 41011564-5
Email: to-find@sams.co.in

10. LAST DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to courier or email their applications to the above address or email id. Applicants are urged to fill the ‘online’ application form provided at http://sams.co.in/findapp/FINDform.php

Candidates who are unable to fill the ‘online’ form may alternately download the standard form available at http://sams.co.in/JAF-FIND-LabStaff.doc  and mail it to the email id mentioned above, on completion.