Wellcome Trust Early Post Doctoral Researcher (Virutubisho Trial) – Jobs in Kenya

To provide expertise and oversight in multiple micronutrient research within the maternal and child nutrition research group at KWTRP Kilifi/Coast. We are looking for an experienced laboratory researcher with working knowledge of micronutrient analysis to guide the micronutrient body of work within the VIRUTUBISHO Trial.

The VIRUTUBISHO trial is a community based clinical trial of multiple micronutrient supplementation to women of reproductive age (non-pregnant & pregnant) in Kilifi county. The post holder needs to be experienced in managing laboratory-based research projects in an international setting and be highly self-sufficient to manage complex clinical trial research work. The post is mentally demanding, involving attention to detail and timescales, and strong engagement with stakeholders.

Reports to:
Principal Investigator of the Viturubisho Trial

Budget Responsibility:
Budget planning, oversight, monitoring and reporting responsibilities**.**

Key Responsibilities:
To oversee the laboratory objectives of the VIRUTUBISHO trial including liaising with the scientific leadership, data management and trial monitoring to ensure effective implementation of the laboratory aspects of the study.
To oversee collection of samples and associated data according to the study protocol including haematology, biochemistry, micronutrients, inflammation, microbiome, metabolomics, proteomics, and nutrigenetics studies among others.
To identify biomarkers and assays to quantify micronutrients and other markers or biological profiles of interest related to micronutrient status in biological samples
To support harmonization of laboratory procedures for VIRUTUBISHO trial with MINDR trial (Bangladesh).
To work with internal and external labs conducting analysis of samples from the VIRUTUBISHO trial

To conduct pharmacokinetics analysis by developing population pharmacokinetic models that will be fitted to data arising from each micronutrient using nonlinear mixed effects modelling
To develop and maintain a high-level communication with international micronutrient experts and review literature on micronutrients and supplementation among women of reproductive age including identifying reference ranges
To provide scientific mentorship for students within the VIRUTUBISHO trial.
To participate in manuscript preparation, grant development, among other scientific roles

Qualifications:
PhD degree in laboratory sciences or Computational Biology/Bioinformatics or related field.
Upto 4 years post doctoral experience in research laboratory.
Prior experience in large data processing and analysis and/or experience in statistics / machine learning is required
A track record of previous publications in bioinformatics analysis of large-scale biological data (e.g. omics, clinical data)
Significant skills in leadership, organization, prioritisation, problem solving and decision making
Ability to network, communicate, resolving disputes and maintain good working relationships within a multi-cultural environment.
How to apply
For more information and job application details, see; https://jobs.kemri-wellcome.org/job-advert/early-post-doctoral-researcher-virutubisho-trial

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