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  • Posted on: 22 May, 2015 Deadline: 26 May, 2015
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  • The MRC Unit, The Gambia is undertaking a randomised clinical trial that will examine the effects of administering a pneumococcal-conjugate vaccine either to expectant mothers at between 28 and 34 weeks gestation, or to newborn infants, shortly following birth, on pneumococcal carriage (as a surrogate of pneumococcal disease) in early life. The two groups will be compared to the routine 2, 3 and 4 month infant schedule currently recommended by WHO and used in The Gambia. As well as assessing pneumococcal carriage and the immunogenicity of the vaccines (including transplacental and breast milk antibody transfer), safety follow-up of both mothers during pregnancy and also their newborn infants will be central component of the trial.

    Clinical Trial Coordinator/Clinician

     

    Essential requirements:

    • MBBS or equivalent primary medical qualification.
    • Part 2 FWACP, equivalent medical qualification or relevant post-graduate degree with significant experience in Clinical Trials.
    • Previous work on clinical trials of vaccines or drugs following GCP requirements.
    • Thorough understanding of GCP and relevant clinical trials regulations (e.g. EMA, FDA etc) and ability to apply and interpret them appropriately to the setting in The Gambia.
    • Practical experience of health research in developing countries.
    • Experience in managing staff.
    • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
    • Excellent organisational skills.
    • High degree of attention to detail
    • Enthusiastic and committed team player and team motivator.
    • Commitment to working in a multi-disciplinary team.
    • A flexible and well-organised approach to work and an ability to meet deadlines.
    • Willingness to be on-call and work outside the normal working hours.
    • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access).

     

    Desirable:

    • Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
    • Ability to work on databases and statistical packages.
    • Experience of cold-chain management.
    • Experience in recruiting expectant mothers to clinical trials.

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    Research Clinician/Obstetrician

     

    Essential requirements:

    • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.
    • FWACOG/MRCOG part 1 or equivalent.
    • Significant ongoing clinical obstetric experience including the ability to undertake and oversee dating scans to establish gestational age.
    • The ability to manage obstetric emergencies and pregnancy related complications.
    • Experience in managing staff.
    • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
    • Excellent organisational skills.
    • A flexible and well-organised approach to work and an ability to meet deadlines.
    • Attentiveness to detail.
    • Willingness to be on-call and work outside the normal working hours.

    Desirable:

    • Part 2 FWACOG/MRCOG.
    • Postgraduate qualification (Masters/Doctoral level).
    • Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
    • Experience providing obstetric care in a comparable setting.
    • Previous experience in conducting clinical trials according to ICH-GCP.
    • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access).

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    Junior Database Developer

     

    Essential requirements:

    • University Degree in Computer Science or considerable relevant experience.
    • Experience of programming and database system analysis and design.
    • Experience of database design and data normalization.
    • Familiar with different RDBMS such as MS Access, MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL etc.
    • Knowledge of writing stored procedures, triggers and database functions.
    • Knowledge of client-server application design and development.
    • Data access using DAO, ADO, ADO.NET, ODBC.

     

    Desirable:

    • Experience of using VBA, VB.NET, ASP.NET, C# and .NET framework.
    • An ability to troubleshoot and resolve database application related problems.
    • Experience of working as a team leader at least for a small group.
    • Knowledge/experience of agile and waterfall methodology for design and development.
    • Experience/knowledge of design and development of mobile application for data collection.
    • Knowledge of EAV data model and applications such as OpenClinica.
    • Experience/Knowledge of distributed database application design.
    • Experience/knowledge of using SharePoint/
    • Some knowledge of installing and resolving issues of open source database applications.
    • Some knowledge of Java.

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click here to apply online.

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