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Technician/Research Technologist I, South Africa

Technician/Research Technologist I, South Africa

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Regular Full-Time
Hutchinson Centre Research Institute of South Africa
ZA-Cape Town
Laboratory Research Sciences

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The Cape Town HVTN Immunology Laboratory (CHIL;, a division of the Hutchinson Center Research Institute of South Africa (HCRISA), performs assays compliant with GCLP guidelines to analyze immune responses elicited to HIV vaccines in clinical trials. The laboratory is a new, state-of-the art facility located in the Gardens neighborhood of the Cape Town city bowl.


The purpose of this position is to perform laboratory technical work to evaluate site laboratory staff specimen processing, as performed under the direction of the HVTN LabOps team as well as local laboratory leadership.


  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Review of the specimen database to assess the quantity of specimens processed at each clinical site.
  • Selection of specimens for testing
  • Ordering specimens through the HVTN Specimen Management Coordinator
  • Evaluation of PBMC specimen viability and recovery for external quality control (EQC) and proficiency testing
  • Logging of EQC and proficiency data in the Atlas database
  • Generation of EQC and proficiency reports
  • Review of reports with Laboratory Program Manger and Associate
  • Maintenance of QC laboratory space and supplies
  • Generation and review of related SOPs
  • Interaction with the site processing labs for corrections and updates to their LDMS and PBMC internal quality control (IQC) databases as needed
  • Wet workshop and hands-on training for specimen processing as needed
  • Site interaction and training of sites as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Laboratory technician diploma/certificate, BSc, Btech, BHSc, or Medtech with at least 2 years practical experience in laboratory
  • Excellent technical skills and ability to follow Standard Operating Procedures
  • Good communication skills and an interest in learning
  • Computer skills – including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other laboratory-spcific programs
  • Good understanding of quality control and good laboratory practice
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good numeracy, literacy and organizational skills
  • Good interpersonal and time management skills.
  • Willingness to travel internationally on an as-needed basis (less than 10%).
  • Motivation and adaptability with a keen interest in the HIV vaccine field.

Must have work authorization in South Africa. Applications from members of groups designated as previously disadvantaged by legislation are encouraged.