Job Title: Laboratory Director Ref No. LD/LB/14/01/16
Reports to Deputy Chief Executive Officer. The Laboratory Director is responsible for oversight and management of the CIDRZ Central Laboratory and all satellite sites. S/he oversees implementation of laboratory Quality Assurance and Safety Program to assure the adequate level of quality is met for all studies.
Main duties
  • Improve and maintain laboratory at level equivalent to ISO 15189 standards
  • Ensure that the laboratory is enrolled in an approved proficiency-testing program and that the test results are returned within the timeframes established by the proficiency-testing program
  • Responds to deficiencies in the proficiency test results
  • Maintain laboratory support for current studies including technical support and resolution of problems.
  • Oversees audit and maintains freezer storage program for samples
  • Oversees international shipments of dangerous goods samples
  • Prepares for monitoring visits, prepares and presents progress reports and analytical lab-related reports/ presentations/publications to meet organizational and international standards as requested by funding agencies, CIDRZ leadership team, and for international forums
  • Promotes management and accountability, leadership and team-building skills
  • Oversees and mentors Lab Managers & Bench Supervisors on resolution of on-site problems including equipment failure, utility failures, testing errors, supply shortages
  • Oversees of the Medical laboratory to maintain business service levels, and develop and actualize new initiatives for continual development of the commercial aspect of the laboratory
  • Leads introduction of new assays/technologies/training programs as needed in consultation with the senior CIDRZ staff
  • Holds fiscal responsibility over the CIDRZ laboratory budgets and expenditure
  • Oversees the functioning of the laboratory Information Management Systems to assure data is being correctly released to the studies
  • PhD or Master’s Degree in laboratory science or related field
  • 10 or more years experience in the clinical or research lab environment and at least 4 years experience in management of a large laboratory
  • Current certification in ISO 15189, Protections of Human Subjects and Good Laboratory Practices
  • Excellent interpersonal and group skills; able to motivate and build leaders to manage their teams
  • Ability to work in complex environments performing multiple tasks simultaneously, setting priorities, and working independently in a fast paced environment
  • Proven proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite software, use of databases and spread sheets, the Internet, medical literature search engines (e.g. Pub Med, Medline) and scientific writing
  • High proficiency in oral and written English
  • Originates complex or technical reports which will be distributed outside the organization
Closing Date for receiving applications is 29th January, 2016
Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting Reference Number. Send relevant academic and professional certificates and detailed CV with day-time telephone to:
CIDRZ Director Human Resources P.O. Box 34681, LUSAKA or email:
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