Full-Time KCCR Vacancy: Medical Doctor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Group
The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Group is based at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Ghana. Our main activities involve investigating diseases causing fevers in newborn and young children in order to provide guidance to reduce the burden of these diseases in Ghana and beyond. We are involved in different consortia with different partners across Africa and other parts of the world. For more information, visit our webpage: https://kccr-ghana.org/research-impact/research- groups-projects/paediatric-fevers/.
The Medical Doctor shall undertake various activities associated with the research group. These activities will be performed at the St Francis Xavier Hospital (SFXH) at Assin Foso and at KCCR in Kumasi. The Medical Doctor is expected to have good organisational and communication skills. He/she should be willing to work efficiently as part of a multidisciplinary team in order to perform all activities in a timely fashion.
B. Functional Relationships
The Medical Doctor is part of a team consisting of local and international investigators. The Doctor serves as a liaison between the study site and the research group at KCCR. The Medical Doctor is accountable in the first instance to the local Principal Investigators (PIs) and co- Principal Investigators (co-PIs) at KCCR and to the Medical Director and Head of Administration at SFXH. The Medical Doctor should always maintain a good relationship with co-workers, study site staff, KCCR staff and the external partners by communicating in a professional and courteous manner.
C. Scope of the Position
The Medical Doctor will primarily act as a clinical investigator in clinical trials taking place at SFXH and will support activities at the hospital where necessary, as guided by the Medical Doctor at SFXH. The Medical Doctor will also be expected to support the study team with administrative, medical and scientific work in line with study procedures and protocols. The Medical Doctor will put in place a structure that optimizes the efficiency of the clinical component of all studies for the research team.
D. Tasks and Responsibilities
Strictly adhere to Good Clinical Practice guidelines, study protocol and study manual at all times. Ensure that confidentiality is maintained in the collection and handling of information.
Motivate, supervise, train and monitor the work of field team on a daily basis to ensure that recruitment, clinical assessment, care, and follow-up of study participants and collection of data and samples are taken accurately, according to protocol and in a timely fashion.
Ensure that study objectives and methods are explained in an appropriate language to potential study participants and/or guardians as applicable, and written informed consent is obtained prior to enrolment.
Conduct the clinical assessment, investigation and care of study participants as may be required (conduct clinical examinations, evaluate laboratory and other medical reports and supervise administration of drugs).
Ability to prescribe drugs for patients based on diagnosis.
Observe, measure and record effects of drugs.
Monitor treatment, progress of study participants if admitted for in-patient care.
Administer research documents on study site. This may include but not limited to informed consent form, Case Report Forms, Questionnaires and any other study specific forms Examining patient. Support data entry to ensure accuracy of data recorded.
Evaluate, manage and report all adverse events to site Principal Investigator.
Undertake verbal autopsies if necessary, to ascertain the cause of death of study participants, if any. Monitor and review of medical activities related to conducting clinical studies/trials (Severe Adverse Events review, answer questions about the protocol, amendments, etc.).
Oversee medical aspects of the risk management and risk mitigation strategies.
Participate in investigators meetings and meetings with regulatory agencies for medical aspects e.g. participating in GCP training.
Work with the site PI to ensure the review and completion of all Clinical study reports.
As part of the safety follow-up for this trial the medical doctor will need to provide on-call cover at night and at weekends to assess any study subject who becomes unwell out of hours.
Required qualifications, competences and experience
Job Opening Qualifications:
– Medical degree (MBChB / MD).
– At least 2 years of experience post qualification.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
– Dynamic, with demonstrated capacity for team work and team leadership.
– Critical thinking, excellent analytical abilities and attention to detail.
– Familiar with clinical research activities.
– Ability to prioritize workload, assume responsibility for work, and follow through to completion.
– Ability and willingness to work under pressure as a part of a global team.
– High computer literacy, including knowledge of Microsoft software products, Office suites,
management software etc.
– Familiarized with Good Clinical Practice (GCP).
– Familiarized with the conduct of clinical research/trials.
Remuneration will be according to KCCR standards. The contract will be for 12-months (renewable), with the
first 3 months as probation.
How to ApplyEmail the following to: the Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than June 30, 2020,17:00 GMT. - A motivation letter (700 - 1,000 words) - A detailed CV including the contact numbers and/or email addresses of three referees
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