Friday, 12 February 2016

Program Officers, Laboratory Research at the Institute of Human Virology (IHVN)

The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable indigenous non-governmental organization implementing a comprehensive family-focused HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the Government of Nigeria at national, state, local and site levels. The Institute's mission is to be Center of Excellence in providing health service implementation, capacity building, and research, and ensuring equitable access to individuals and communities through innovative and evidence-based strategies.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Program Officer, Laboratory Research


  • The Program Officer, Laboratory Research will take part in the research and routine analytical work in the virology section.
  • In particular, the successful candidate will be involved in receipt of samples, keeping of sample inventory, RNA extraction, RT-PCR, PCR purification, sequencing and analysis of samples from the different cohorts.
  • The person will be expected to work following Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) and safety guidelines.
  • The person will also do other duties as assigned by the head of the unit to whom she/he will report.
Essential Functions
The Program Officer Laboratory Research is to:
  • Accession, package and handle shipment of research samples
  • Train other staff and temporary hires
  • Be involved in the evaluation of new technologies
  • Prepare budgets and supply orders
  • Provide monthly and regular updates of progress to both senior and junior staff.
  • Must hold a Master's Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Biochemistry or Microbiology with at least 5 years of experience.
  • She/he should have worked in an active research laboratory especially in genetic sequencing.
Note: The appointment will be for 6 months in the first instance but may be renewed subject to continued funding and to mutual consent by the two parties. The successful applicant must be prepared to accept flexible working hours.

Application Closing Date
24th February, 2016.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed resume, genuine supporting documents, academic qualifications and a one page cover letter as one MS Word document saved with applicants name in the following format e.g. Musa Okafor Application Program Officer explaining suitability to "Associate Director, Human Resources" through this email address:

  • Application must explicitly state the position and location applied for in the subject of the email e.g.Laboratory Research Officer.
  • Candidates are advised to provide two professional referees with functional email addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Only applications sent in the required format will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.