Opening For Research Clinician/Clinical Epidemiologist - Basse

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Amar Annamalai
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Opening For Research Clinician/Clinical Epidemiologist - Basse

The MRC Unit, The Gambia is undertaking a rotavirus vaccine impact and effectiveness study in children less than 5 years old residing in Upper River and Central River Regions Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS). The proposal aims to assess the impact of a rotavirus vaccine introduction on incidence of moderate to severe diarrhoea (MSD), etiology and adverse clinical consequences.

We are looking for a Research Clinician/Clinical Epidemiologist to be based at MRC Basse in the Upper River Region of The Gambia. The post-holder will provide clinical care to paediatric patients and supervise a team of nursing and field staff based at the sentinel health centres of Central and Upper River Regions of The Gambia. S/he will be part a team to coordinate the rotavirus vaccine impact and effectiveness study and also be involved in a range of clinical and research activities.

1. Essential requirements:

    MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.
    MSc in Epidemiology (Clinical Epidemiologist only).
    Commitment to working in a multi-disciplinary team.
    Excellent written and spoken English.
    Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
    A flexible and well-organized approach to work and an ability to meet deadlines.
    Knowledge of the principles of epidemiological study design, data collection and analysis (Clinical Epidemiologist only).
    Experience of supervising staff.
    Excellent organizational skills.
    Willingness to work outside the normal working hours.
    Willingness to live in a rural area with limited facilities.

2. Desirable:      

    Part 2 FWACP.
    Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
    Practical experience of health research in developing countries.
    The ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team, including scientists, public sector and Government staff.
    Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access).

The post is up to 2 years in the first instance.

The salary will be paid in Grade 2 and will be dependent on qualifications and experience. The minimum take net salary for a Research Clinician is 61, 118 Dalasis per month equivalent to a net salary of $1, 421 per month. The minimum net salary for a Clinical Epidemiologist is 80, 275 Dalasis equivalent to a net salary of $1, 866 per month.

Please note that the salary will be paid in Dalasis and the USD figure quoted is given as a guide using the prevailing USD/Dalasi exchange.

For displaced staff the package will include displacement allowances for family, flights, contribution to school fees for children and shipment of personal effects.

If you are interested and have the skills and abilities for this senior position please contact the Human Resources Office for an application form and a copy of the job description and person specification for the post. Completed application forms together with photocopies of qualifications should be returned to:

Human Resources Office;
Vacancy for: Research Clinician/Clinical Epidemiologist (Rotavirus Vaccine Study)
MRC Unit, Fajara
P.O. Box 273,
Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa.
Telephone: 00220 4495442–6 & 00220 4494072-9

For more information about MRC Unit, The Gambia and Basse Field Station, please visit;

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 9th February 2015.

MRC is an equal opportunities employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.