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Microbiologists

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), India

1. POSITIONS VACANT:  Microbiologists (MB);Multiple vacancies, based at different RNTCP TB laboratories being strengthened by FIND India, across India.

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India is an independent non-profit created under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013. FIND India is a key implementing partner of the Central TB Division, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GOI, initiative for strengthening and expanding TB laboratory diagnostic capacity under the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP), supported by the Global Fund.

FIND India is a subsidiary of FIND, 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 Microbiologist (MB) shall report administratively to the Director and Head of the concerned RNTCP TB Laboratory and functionally be under the direct supervision of the Senior Project Manager, Technical Officer and Medical Officers of FIND India.

The MB shall assist the technical team in the implementation of WHO-approved newer diagnostics for TB drug resistance. S/he will coordinate with the Director and Head of RNTCP TB Laboratory for Culture & Drug Susceptibility Testing (C& DST), concerned national reference laboratories and FIND India’s technical and administrative staff, to ensure the smooth implementation of Rapid TB Diagnostics at the designated TB Lab.

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) Supporting the Director and Head of RNTCP 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;
(3) Acquiring expertise in WHO-approved newer diagnostics tests such as LPA, LC and RS through National Trainers trained by FIND;
(4) Conducting on-site training in the newer TB diagnostics at the allotted and/or any other site, indicated by FIND India’s technical team;
(5) Introducing and implementing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for TB Laboratories, in consultation with FIND India, including SOPs for specific aspects of LPA, LC and RS, including specifications for equipment, infection control, etc., for ensuring Good Laboratory Practices (GLP);
(6) 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;
(7) Ensuring testing of patient specimens at the lab and the subsequent communication of results to concerned officials and service providers, in a timely manner;
(8) Providing technical support to state authorities, in consultation with FIND India’s Technical team for strategic planning, relating to laboratory activities in the state, including workable rapid specimen transportation systems;
(9) Providing technical support to the Director and Head of TB Laboratory in Annual National/ Zonal National Laboratory Network Meetings and the implementation of their recommendations;
(10) Managing clinical and laboratory aspects of the lab and ensuring the collection, recording and reporting of clean, quality data;
(11) Liaising and facilitating with concerned agencies/ officials for regular bio-safety verification of the lab, regular MIS functioning, maintenance of all lab equipment, including AMCs, logistics of various lab consumables, etc., in close coordination with FIND India;
(12) Supervising and supporting lab technical staff in day-to-day activities connected with newer TB diagnostics, ensuring appropriate quality control;
(13) Providing monthly / quarterly and annual reports and an end-of-assignment report in the prescribed formats on activities, achievements, challenges and recommendations;
(14) Urgently reporting all adverse events in laboratory functioning to the Director and Head of RNTCP TB Laboratory and the FIND India technical team;
(15) Liaising and facilitating with the FIND India technical team on all technical matters relating to laboratory functioning;
(16) Undertaking any other job assigned by state authorities and the FIND India technical team, as per project needs.

4. QUALIFICATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Qualifications and Experience:

Applicants must meet the following qualification requirements:

(1) MBBS with MD (Microbiology), preferably with one year of experience in TB diagnostics; Or
(2) Ph.D. in Microbiology, with minimum one year of experience in TB diagnostics; Or
(3) M.Sc. with specialization in Microbiology/ Medical Microbiology/ Applied Microbiology/ Clinical Microbiology/ Biotechnology/ Medical Biotechnology, with minimum three years of work experience, preferably in the field of TB diagnostics;
(4) Experience of Rapid TB diagnostics shall be an advantage.

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:

The remuneration package budgeted for the position is INR 60,000/- per month. Please note that gross compensation is fully taxable.
(Note: Candidates shall be working on the payroll of SAMS, a leading HR Agency for the public health and development sectors in India).

6. NATURE OF APPOINTMENT:

The selected candidate shall initially be offered a consultancy contract till December 31, 2018, renewable based on satisfactory performance.

7. LOCATION:

There are multiple vacancies for MBs at different laboratories across the country, details of which are available at http://www.sams.co.in/find/find_location.php. Blue highlighted vacancies marked ‘Apply’ are already ‘live’. Balance vacancies are expected to materialize within a month or two, once the concerned TB Laboratory becomes fully operational.

8. REFERENCE:    

MB-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 ka Mandir)
Phone No.- 011- 26842162; 41653612; 41011564-5
Email: mb-find@sams.co.in

10. LAST DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:

Applicants are urged to fill the ‘online’ application form provided at http://www.sams.co.in/forms/onlineapplicationfind.htm

Applicants who are unable to fill the ‘online’ form may alternately download and fill the standard form available at http://sams.co.in/JAF-FIND-LabStaff.doc and mail it to mb-find@sams.co.in.