The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) is seeking a Lab Coordinator for its environmental microbiology field lab in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.

The field laboratory operates as part of the WASH Benefits trial, a large-scale randomized controlled trial on the impact of water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition interventions on child health, growth and development. The project is a collaboration between icddr,b, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley. The objective of the lab to is to assess the effectiveness of these interventions in reducing fecal contamination in the domestic environment. The lab team carries out daily testing of a variety of environmental samples (drinking and ambient water, soil, hands, food and flies) for fecal indicator organisms and pre-processes and archives samples for molecular analysis.

The lab manager will be in charge of coordinating daily with the field team on the collection and receipt of samples, overseeing sample processing in the lab, ensuring QA/QC, supervising lab data entry and periodically reporting to study investigators.

The position will start immediately and is a 12-month position (contingent upon completion of a three-month trial period), with potential for renewal for an additional 12 months. The position is based in Mymensingh in rural Bangladesh with occasional travel to Dhaka. The Lab Coordinator will report to Dr. Ayse Ercumen (UC Berkeley) and Dr. Amy Pickering (Stanford), as well as work closely with icddr,b research investigators.

Responsibilities

– Provide coordination between field team, lab technicians and study investigators

– Oversee daily activities of environmental microbiology lab, including:

o Processing environmental samples using IDEXX and membrane filtration

o Pre-processing and archiving environmental samples for molecular analysis

– Provide QA/QC for the lab analyses, including:

o Tracking field and laboratory blanks and taking corrective action to identify and eliminate the source of contamination

o Overseeing enumeration of IDEXX trays and media plates

o Overseeing lab data entry

– Assist with data cleaning, basic analysis and report preparation

– Oversee tracking of the lab inventory, facilitate procurement of local supplies, and communicate with study investigators for timely procurement of necessary supplies

Qualifications

– Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in microbiology, biology, environmental science, environmental engineering or related field

– Experience working in a microbiology lab and knowledge of sterile technique required.

– Experience with IDEXX and membrane filtration preferred.

– Familiarity with processing environmental samples (e.g. water, soil) and culturing bacteria preferred.

– Familiarity with molecular methods (e.g. PCR, qPCR) preferred.

– Extreme attention to detail, ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks

– Excellent organizational, written, and communication skills

– International experience highly preferred

– Willingness to live in a rural setting in a low-income country with limited resources required

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to aercumen@berkeley.edu and amyjanel@stanford.edu by Oct 1st, 2013. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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