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Laboratory Technician at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

  • Full Time
  • Blantyre, Malawi
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  • Salary: 000

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

The Malaria Alert Centre (MAC) is a research unit under the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences that works with Ministry of health, local and international health agencies to address priority health problems in Malawi and the SADC region through\u00a0operational and evidence synthesis research, capacity building and training, health care systems strengthening, disease surveillance, and monitoring and impact evaluation in communicable diseases including malaria, HIV, vaccine preventable diseases and Neglected tropical diseases.

MAC is inviting applications from suitably qualified and enthusiastic individuals to fill various positions as detailed below on our Malaria Vector Competence project that seeks to better understand the persistence of malaria in Malawi by conducting community-based studies and collecting data in Health Centres.




Position summary

We are looking for a self-motivated person who is highly skilled in microscopy and is interested in broadening their knowledge in malaria transmission. The Laboratory Technician is expected to assist in community and laboratory based research activities in and around health centres in Blantyre district, as well as at MAC.

Duration of Contract: The initial contract will be for 6 months with possibility of further extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Reading blood smears for the detection of malaria parasites, including gametocytes.
  • Dissecting Anopheles mosquitoes and detecting malaria parasites (oocysts)
  • Assisting with setting up laboratory assays
  • Assisting with sample organization, storage, and tracking
  • Perform data entry in hard copy and electronic format
  • Regular report writing
  • Assist with any other related duties as seen fit by the principal investigator and team leader.

Qualifications and experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory or any related field.
  • Experience with working in community will be an added advantage
  • Willingness to learn, be mentored, and improve
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Internet and e-mail applications
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and meet strict deadlines
  • Must be prepared to have a flexible schedule when required
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to follow written instructions on experimental Standard Operating Procedures
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in collecting data using tablets


The position will attract a salary with benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications as applicable to contract staff in the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences. KUHES is an equal opportunity employer.


Suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications together with copies of relevant certificates and detailed CVs with names, contact numbers and emails of three traceable referees to:

The Registrar

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

P/Bag 360


Blantyre 3

Email: and

Applications should be submitted not later than 30th November 2022. Those submitting via email should indicate the project name and title of the post in the subject line of the email.

Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.