Careers

Medical Doctor / Investigator

Overall Purpose of the Position: 

To assist in clinical drug trials and evaluate the safety and efficacy of novel treatment or diagnostic options respecting strict ethical and scientific standards.

Key Performance Areas (KPA’s) & Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Performing duties required by a sub-investigator or principal investigator on clinical trials
  • Providing clinical care and support to trial participants
  • Assisting with medical trial procedures
  • Working with a multidisciplinary team that includes laboratory, pharmacy, administrative and clinical staff, as well as public health representatives
  • Helping to manage and coordinate projects
  • Ensuring that ethical, regulatory and other network-related trial requirements are adhered to
  • Assisting with training of other staff

Ideal Requirements

  • Relevant MBCHB
  • Current HPCSA registration
  • At least 2 – 3 years’ experience as a medical doctor
  • Passion for, and preferably some experience in, the field of clinical research
  • Good Clinical Practice certificate (preferable)

Key Personal Inherent Characteristics

  • Confidentiality
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent follow up skills
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Efficient and effective under pressure
  • Flexible and able to work at all TASK sites (Bellville, Brooklyn and Delft)

Contract Type: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

We are always on the lookout for talented doctors to join our clinical research team. If you are interested, please reach out to us at: vacancies@task.org.za  

Meeting our employment equity goals will be acknowledged during the recruitment process.

Laboratory Project Manager / Head of Laboratory

Overall Purpose of the Position: 

The laboratory project manager has overall responsibility for the functioning of TASK mycobacteriology laboratory. The project manager plans, organises and oversees all testing and resulting for studies conducted at the lab. He / she serves as the liaison between sponsors and the laboratory, to ensure that work is conducted according to the sponsors’ needs, and in line with the laboratory’s capabilities.

 Key Performance Areas (KPA’s) & Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Liaise, plan, organise and implement all testing according to the trial plan for each study conducted through TASK Laboratory
  • Manage the activities of staff (train and develop) to ensure they have skills required to achieve their performance objectives
  • Oversee asset management and procurement of goods to ensure the most effective utilization of resources, optimize stock levels, reduce costs and ensure availability of required stock at all times
  • Generate management reports as required to monitor work and performance status of the laboratory and take corrective action when required
  • Interpret and apply clinical trial protocols
  • Ensure that good quality, timely results and data is consistently produced
  • Provide microbiological expertise, and review and approve all laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Enable the laboratory to adhere to business standards, practices, procedures and protocol requirements
  • Ensure that the quality management system for the lab is place and is being adhered to
  • Communicate effectively to all relevant stakeholders, through e-mails, meetings and teleconferences
  • Ensure that there are sufficient, appropriately trained staff and other resources in place to perform each trial
  • Monitor trends, identifying significant project risks and deal with potential problems before they occur

Ideal Requirements

  • MSc or PhD in microbiology, or relevant clinical laboratory sciences qualification, with at least five years post-graduate work experience
  • Experience and skills in project management
  • Experience in a management role
  • Knowledge of good clinical laboratory practice (GCLP) guidelines and regulations
  • Advantageous: Experience working in a clinical trial setting

Key Personal Inherent Characteristics

  • Leads by example in line with TASK’s culture
  • Excellent planning and organising skills, with the ability to work systematically and sequentially
  • Personal effectiveness and the ability to work in a pressurised environment, with strict adherence to timeline
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Competent in identifying obstacles or problems and implementing an appropriate action plan
  • Ability and willingness to adapt working hours in response to the business needs which may change from time to time in response to operational requirements
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with a willingness to drive expansion of the repertoire of tests offered at the laboratory

Details:

Applications Close:  16 August 2021

Location: Parow, Cape Town

Contract Type: Permanent

Please indicate in your application that you are applying for the above-mentioned position.

Please send applications to: vacancies@task.org.za

 If you have not heard from us within one month, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

 TASK reserves the right to withdraw this advertisement and not fill the above-mentioned vacancy at any stage during the recruitment process.

 

Meeting our employment equity goals will be acknowledged during the recruitment process.

Supervisor Medical Technologist

Overall Purpose of the Position: 

To provide first class clinical tuberculosis laboratory services by overseeing and performing technical procedures within the scope of activities provided by the TASK Laboratory for clinical drug trials.

Key Performance Areas (KPA’s) & Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Performing clinical testing procedures, reviewing and verifying results, to ensure that accurate and reliable data is generated for each clinical trial study
  • Interacting with laboratory management, supervisors, and lab technologists / technicians on technical matters to maintain effective management of the data required for the efficient functioning and smooth running of the laboratory in order to meet clinical requirements
  • Overseeing and performing testing/processing of samples according to training procedures and follows the current version of the relevant Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
  • Operating, maintaining and calibrating the equipment used in the laboratory to ensure that it is operating efficiently and providing accurate results. This includes recording instrument maintenance and quality control results as well as recognising and resolving problems by troubleshooting mal-functioning equipment and taking corrective action
  • Ensuring that quality services are supplied to clinical trial sponsors by monitoring work and processing samples by adhering to schedules to obtain maximized outcomes
  • Implementing sound housekeeping procedures and works effectively with others as a member of a team to ensure a safe working environment in accordance with the Health and Safety regulations of the OHS Act
  • Assisting the laboratory management with overseeing and monitoring equipment maintenance and asset management to ensure the most effective utilisation of resources, optimisation of stock levels and reduction of costs at all times
  • Assist with developing new SOPs and reviewing existing SOPs
  • Adhering to professional conduct requirements in line with organisational policy and relevant professional body ethical standards
  • Participating in Quality Management System improvements to assist in maintenance of the laboratory’s Accreditation

Ideal Requirements

  • National Diploma or degree in medical technology
  • HPCSA registration in microbiology / clinical pathology with expertise and experience in Quality Management System
  • At least 2 – 3 years’ experience working in a TB microbiology accredited laboratory or similar environment
  • Advantageous:
    • Experience working in a Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory
    • Experience working in a clinical trial environment
  • Experience in the following laboratory techniques:
  • PCR (GeneXpert; HAIN Genotype MTBDR)
  • Microscopy (ZN and Auromine staining, reading of slides)
  • TB culturing (decontamination; MGIT inoculation; LJ inoculation)
  • DSTs (1st line and 2nd line drugs)
  • Advantageous: liquid MIC Testing

Key Personal Inherent Characteristics

  • High attention to detail
  • A highly focused individual who takes pride in their quality of work
  • Good team player, has diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to develop trusting and meaningful relations and be professional at all times
  • Excellent follow up skills
  • Able to embrace and adapt to change
  • Planning and organizing skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage deadlines
  • Efficient

Details:

Applications Close:  16 August 2021

Location: Parow, Cape Town

Contract Type: Permanent

Please indicate in your application that you are applying for the above-mentioned position.Please send applications to: vacancies@task.org.za

 If you have not heard from us within one month, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

 TASK reserves the right to withdraw this advertisement and not fill the above-mentioned vacancy at any stage during the recruitment process.

 

Meeting our employment equity goals will be acknowledged during the recruitment process.