Medical Laboratory Science Educator - Forensic Science

Project Description

Advancing Health Professionals (AHP): a Peace Corps Response program, is seeking a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Forensic Science Educator at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS) in Blantyre, Malawi, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The position requires a Master of Science in Forensic Science, or any MLS related degree, current professional certification, experience in teaching and research supervision at university level, be a team player, and flexible to serve in under-resourced settings with experience living/working in different cultures. Curriculum development experience, expertise in setting and running a forensic laboratory, ability to perform laboratory experiments, ability to interpret and communicate results, and critical thinking and decision-making, public speaking, oral and written communication skills. Desired skills include a PhD in MLS or Forensic Science related field, ability to develop curriculum, teach students with different knowledge backgrounds, and organize semester presentations and tutorials.

The MLS Department at KUHeS has embarked on an ambitious project to introduce a new undergraduate program in Biomedical Forensic Science to address the needs of the nation in providing a competent cadre of Forensic Scientists. Needs assessment survey has indicated that one of the biggest challenges faced by our communities is lack of evidence that can lead to proper handling of victims and culprits. The MLS department would like to properly train staff capable of handling sample collection, and analysis and proper dissemination of information gathered.

The PCRV will help the department to design and submit to the University Senate a complete curriculum for Biomedical Forensic Science. They will also support with lecturing fourth year students and Masters students. Volunteer will also support student laboratory practicals, assist in designing a laboratory and ordering of equipment, supplies and set up of the laboratory. PCRVs are expected to report on their activities twice during their service.

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 of Science in Forensic Science or any related discipline.
• Any of the following expertise: Crime Scene Investigation, Digital forensics, Forensic Toxicology, Latent prints, Archaeology and anthropology, Chemistry and Medical studies with interests in forensic science, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, Criminal Justice or legal studies
• Expertise in setting and running a forensic laboratory.
• Ability to perform laboratory experiments.
• Ability to interpret results and communicate them.
• Soft skills including: critical thinking (quantitative reasoning and problem solving), decision making, good laboratory practices, observation and attention to detail, computer proficiency, interpersonal skills, public speaking, oral and written communication, time management and prioritization of tasks.

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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