Medical Laboratory Science Educator - Clinical Chemistry

Project Description

Advancing Health Professionals (AHP): a Peace Corps Response program, is seeking a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Medical Laboratory Science Lecturer – Clinical Chemistry at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS), Blantyre, Malawi, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The position requires a Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry, Biochemistry or any medical laboratory sciences related degree, the ability to teach the principles, concepts and perform routine and specialized tests, ability to operate laboratory equipment and teach others, ability to develop a diagnostic product, test and monitor laboratory quality, perform data analysis, and flexible to serve in an under-resourced settings with experience living and working in different cultures. A PhD in clinical chemistry or related medical laboratory science field, experience teaching in an academic setting and curriculum design and supporting students’ academic research, ability to teach biochemistry, quality management, test methods and instrumentation and run a laboratory practical are desired qualifications.

The KUHeS Medical Laboratory Science Department curriculum includes clinical chemistry taught to undergraduate and graduate students. There are eight academic staff members in the department. To ensure that graduating students are trained in all the knowledge, skills and practices that will make them into competent laboratory technologists, there is a need to mentor and support faculty.

The PCRV will focus on teaching, supporting students in performing research, assisting in mentoring the students to come up with relevant clinical chemistry research questions and ensure practicals are run in the skills laboratory to develop required practical skills. They will also do some mentorship of junior staff within the department.

Peace Corps Response established its "Advancing Health Professionals" program in 2019. Response Volunteers serving with the AHP program seek to improve health outcomes on a societal level by providing high-level, specialized service in the health sector. AHP projects include health professions educators, health systems strengthening, service delivery improvement, and other non-clinical interventions that enhance the quality of healthcare.

Invitees will be arriving in Malawi together as a group. While the whole group's departure dates could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS)

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in Clinical Chemistry, Biochemistry or any Medical Laboratory Sciences related field.
• Ability to perform routines and specialized tests.
• Ability to teach the principles and concepts of routine and specialized tests.
• Know how to operate laboratory equipment and teach others.
• Have analytical skills for chemicals.
• Ability to develop a diagnostic product, test and monitor.
• Ability to monitor quality in the laboratory.
• Perform data analysis.
• Team player
• Flexible to serve in under-resourced settings with experience living/working in different cultures

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Malawi

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Medical Considerations

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