Medical Scientist - VIDA

Location: Soweto, South Africa
Salary: RNEG Annually
Recruiter: AJ Personnel
Job Ref: JHB002835/EvdM
Summary: A Medical Scientist vacancy is available at our Client, Wits Health Consortium's Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA) in Soweto, Johannesburg - Gauteng.



Job Description


The Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics (VIDA) Research Unit of the University of the Witwatersrand, formerly RMPRU (Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit) has for over 20 years conducted numerous studies to assess the burden of and to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD).

Current studies and projects include infant rotavirus and BCG trials, immunizing pregnant women to protect their infants against disease (including influenza, Group B streptococcus, and respiratory syncytial virus), and the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) initiatives.

In 2020, VIDA commenced two international trials on COVID-19 vaccines amongst several other COVID-19 studies. World Health Organization position papers directly refer to the work conducted by RMPRU and have used such data generated to inform policy and recommendations for vaccine implementation globally and here in South Africa.

By combining clinical, microbiological, and epidemiological expertise in an African setting, the unit has made significant contributions in vaccine development against the leading respiratory and enteric pathogens contributing to under-5 childhood morbidity and mortality in Africa and other low and middle-income countries.

VIDA aims to continue to save lives, especially children, across Africa and low and middle-income countries, through leading and pioneering research in the field of vaccines and infectious diseases.

Main purpose of the job

  • Carry out research as per the grant-funded objectives in accordance with GCLP guidelines


  • VIDA Laboratory - Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

Key performance areas

  • Setting up, running, analyzing, troubleshooting, documenting and reporting on assays run, as defined protocol
  • Undertaking, documenting and reporting on the various quality control/quality assurance procedures required
  • Adherence to the principles of good clinical and laboratory practice (GCLP) and ensuring laboratory cleanliness and safety
  • Receiving, processing and preparing aliquots of samples received, according to the various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and/or trial protocols
  • Storing the samples as per SOP/protocol with the entry of sample information into the various information systems
  • Accurate completion and capture of information from the sample requisition forms received
  • Continuous freezer and database checks to ensure the accuracy of sample locations
  • Routine monitoring and maintenance of the equipment used as required (and documented) as per GCL
  • Preparation and testing of media and reagents to ensure their specification according to the various SOPs
  • Stocktaking of consumables/reagents used and the ordering of items in good time
  • Appropriate management, storage and disposal of bio-hazardous waste and toxic materials
  • Preparation and shipment of clinical material as per sponsor requirements

Required minimum education and training

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons)
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) essential

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities

  • Real-time PCR
  • Culture methods
  • Comfortable working with potentially infectious material
  • Good verbal and written communication skills as well as high levels of computer literacy
  • A valid driver’s license is essential
  • High-level problem-solving ability needed
  • Exceptional self-management, conscientious work ethic as well as above-average attention to detail needed
  • Motivated, organized, systematic and professional
  • Should be able to work under pressure with efficient multitasking
  • Must be willing to work after hours when needed

Required minimum work experience

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a clinical pathology laboratory or research laboratory


  • Only if you do meet the minimum job requirements and experience as mentioned above, you may submit a detailed updated CV - Please Apply Online
  • Please take note that the applicants who do not adhere to the above criteria will not be considered for the respective position.
  • The closing date for all applications is 25 January 2021.
  • Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates.
  • Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications to be unsuccessful.
  • In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.

Please note that AJ PERSONNEL is only responsible for the advertising of the advertisement on behalf of their client Wits Health Consortium.

AJ Personnel does not have any salary or other information regarding the position. 


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