Bioinformatics Scientist (1)

General Summary

With the help of International and local partners, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) established the African Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Bioinformatics and Data Intensive Sciences – Uganda at its McKinnell Knowledge Centre on the main campus of Makerere University.  The ACE is a specialized unit providing advanced computing infrastructure and software to enable storage, retrieval and analysis of data from high-throughput sequencing, microarrays, proteomics, imaging, clinical, epidemiological and any other data intensive studies. In addition, the ACE hosts state of the art collaborative learning technologies including a tele-learning centre, and a Virtual Reality (VR) visualization lab.

 

IDI seeks to hire a Bioinformatics Scientist (BS) for the centre. The BS will be a fulltime staff who is familiar with the application of computational and biotechnology capabilities to biomedical and public health problems like genetics, clinical and medical research, as well as other data intensive analyses. By coordinating all center technical tasks and providing broad administrative oversight, s/he will have the primary responsibility of achieving the objectives and targets, and institutionalizing the policies and procedures set by the ACE management Committee on which s/he will serve as Secretary. They will also ultimately be responsible for applying policies from the ACE global council.

Key Responsibilities

  • Engage with researchers within IDI and the Makerere research community at large, to generate interest in leveraging facilities at the ACE e.g. including bioinformatics-supported research questions in their projects.
  • Seek for opportunities for research grants and coordinate grant application efforts
  • Participate and take lead in analysis of genomic data generated at the institute and its collaborators in collaboration with researchers and principal investigators.
  • Process analytical service requests through the management committee
  • Guide users and center staff in the use of bioinformatics tools, databases and methods
  • Guide users and center staff in the use of Big Data analysis tools and methods  
  • Propagate bioinformatics adoption within IDI and the Makerere University scientific community through demonstration of its utility in modern science
  • Generate demand for, and design strategies for meeting a wide variety of current and emerging  needs for centre services
  • Synthesize and compile technical and analytical needs of incoming job requests
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff, students and visiting scientists and provide bioinformatics technical support to staff and scientists at IDI and the wider University community
  • Participate as an organizer and/or instructor of the center’s training activities; short term (workshops) and long term (degree courses) in bioinformatics or data intensive sciences
  • Organise internship placements for data science and bioinformatics students at IDI in a bid to generate research outputs e.g. scientific manuscripts from analysis of readily available datasets.
  • Develop a dynamic reference list for data and sample repositories in IDI and the wider College of Health Sciences, which can be “mined” for bioinformatics work and facilitate access to such resources
  • Introduce standards to maximize re-usability of tools and data sets to increase efficiency and productivity while monitoring the environment for new needs and new trends.
  • Guide centre staff in the management of ACE financial and technical resources, in facilitating ethical compliance, and in setting up appropriate programmatic reporting frameworks
  • Participate in scientific writing and presentation of research findings
  • Play a key role in writing grants, generating fees for services, creating partnerships and supporting other resource mobilization for the centre; manage and report on centre’s financial status
  • Manage, maintain and   maximize utilization and sustainability of all  resources housed by the ACE including equipment and fittings in the Virtual Reality Room, the tele learning room , and the server room
  • Consult with the Director to resolve emerging day-to-day problems

Person Specification

  • A minimum of PhD level training in Bioinformatics and/or Computational sciences OR a Masters in Bioinformatics with at least 5 years’ high-level experience in lieu (equivalent to a senior scientist level).
  • Expertise in genomics, population genetics, data science, computational biology (hands-on experience with the Unix platform, bioinformatics tools/softwares, bioinformatics primary and secondary databases, scripting languages such as Python, R and a strong grounding in biological sciences).
  • Familiarity with commonly used bioinformatics tools (samtools, IGV, ANNOVAR, GATK) and file formats (BED, VCR, FASTQ, BAM)
  • Familiarity with commonly used and publicly available bioinformatics databases, (e.g. GenBank, Ensemble, DDBJ, GEO, SRA, ExAC, ESP, ClinVar , KEGG, HGMD, OMIM, PubMed, UCSC)
  • An understanding of genome sequencing technologies and strategies
  • A grounding in epidemiology
  • Experience in grant writing and supporting multi-national grant applications
  • Have a familiarity with Big Data analysis including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Skills in design of appropriate statistical analysis of experimental data,
  • Experience with mathematical modeling and computational biology
  • Experience working with unstructured data sources
  • Technical/scientific writing skills
  • Strong project management, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Membership of relevant professional networks such as the H3A, ASBCB, EASCB, ISCB and ISMB


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Kampala
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Head of statistics



BS-X001
Kampala
Full-time

Head of statistics


General Summary

With the help of International and local partners, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) established the African Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Bioinformatics and Data Intensive Sciences – Uganda at its McKinnell Knowledge Centre on the main campus of Makerere University.  The ACE is a specialized unit providing advanced computing infrastructure and software to enable storage, retrieval and analysis of data from high-throughput sequencing, microarrays, proteomics, imaging, clinical, epidemiological and any other data intensive studies. In addition, the ACE hosts state of the art collaborative learning technologies including a tele-learning centre, and a Virtual Reality (VR) visualization lab.

 

IDI seeks to hire a Bioinformatics Scientist (BS) for the centre. The BS will be a fulltime staff who is familiar with the application of computational and biotechnology capabilities to biomedical and public health problems like genetics, clinical and medical research, as well as other data intensive analyses. By coordinating all center technical tasks and providing broad administrative oversight, s/he will have the primary responsibility of achieving the objectives and targets, and institutionalizing the policies and procedures set by the ACE management Committee on which s/he will serve as Secretary. They will also ultimately be responsible for applying policies from the ACE global council.

Key Responsibilities

  • Engage with researchers within IDI and the Makerere research community at large, to generate interest in leveraging facilities at the ACE e.g. including bioinformatics-supported research questions in their projects.
  • Seek for opportunities for research grants and coordinate grant application efforts
  • Participate and take lead in analysis of genomic data generated at the institute and its collaborators in collaboration with researchers and principal investigators.
  • Process analytical service requests through the management committee
  • Guide users and center staff in the use of bioinformatics tools, databases and methods
  • Guide users and center staff in the use of Big Data analysis tools and methods  
  • Propagate bioinformatics adoption within IDI and the Makerere University scientific community through demonstration of its utility in modern science
  • Generate demand for, and design strategies for meeting a wide variety of current and emerging  needs for centre services
  • Synthesize and compile technical and analytical needs of incoming job requests
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff, students and visiting scientists and provide bioinformatics technical support to staff and scientists at IDI and the wider University community
  • Participate as an organizer and/or instructor of the center’s training activities; short term (workshops) and long term (degree courses) in bioinformatics or data intensive sciences
  • Organise internship placements for data science and bioinformatics students at IDI in a bid to generate research outputs e.g. scientific manuscripts from analysis of readily available datasets.
  • Develop a dynamic reference list for data and sample repositories in IDI and the wider College of Health Sciences, which can be “mined” for bioinformatics work and facilitate access to such resources
  • Introduce standards to maximize re-usability of tools and data sets to increase efficiency and productivity while monitoring the environment for new needs and new trends.
  • Guide centre staff in the management of ACE financial and technical resources, in facilitating ethical compliance, and in setting up appropriate programmatic reporting frameworks
  • Participate in scientific writing and presentation of research findings
  • Play a key role in writing grants, generating fees for services, creating partnerships and supporting other resource mobilization for the centre; manage and report on centre’s financial status
  • Manage, maintain and   maximize utilization and sustainability of all  resources housed by the ACE including equipment and fittings in the Virtual Reality Room, the tele learning room , and the server room
  • Consult with the Director to resolve emerging day-to-day problems

Person Specification

  • A minimum of PhD level training in Bioinformatics and/or Computational sciences OR a Masters in Bioinformatics with at least 5 years’ high-level experience in lieu (equivalent to a senior scientist level).
  • Expertise in genomics, population genetics, data science, computational biology (hands-on experience with the Unix platform, bioinformatics tools/softwares, bioinformatics primary and secondary databases, scripting languages such as Python, R and a strong grounding in biological sciences).
  • Familiarity with commonly used bioinformatics tools (samtools, IGV, ANNOVAR, GATK) and file formats (BED, VCR, FASTQ, BAM)
  • Familiarity with commonly used and publicly available bioinformatics databases, (e.g. GenBank, Ensemble, DDBJ, GEO, SRA, ExAC, ESP, ClinVar , KEGG, HGMD, OMIM, PubMed, UCSC)
  • An understanding of genome sequencing technologies and strategies
  • A grounding in epidemiology
  • Experience in grant writing and supporting multi-national grant applications
  • Have a familiarity with Big Data analysis including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Skills in design of appropriate statistical analysis of experimental data,
  • Experience with mathematical modeling and computational biology
  • Experience working with unstructured data sources
  • Technical/scientific writing skills
  • Strong project management, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Membership of relevant professional networks such as the H3A, ASBCB, EASCB, ISCB and ISMB


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With the help of International and local partners, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) established the African Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Bioinformatics and Data Intensive Sciences – Uganda at its McKinnell Knowledge Centre on the main campus of Makerere University.  The ACE is a specialized unit providing advanced computing infrastructure and software to enable storage, retrieval and analysis of data from high-throughput sequencing, microarrays, proteomics, imaging, clinical, epidemiological and any other data intensive studies. In addition, the ACE hosts state of the art collaborative learning technologies including a tele-learning centre, and a Virtual Reality (VR) visualization lab.

 

IDI seeks to hire a Bioinformatics Scientist (BS) for the centre. The BS will be a fulltime staff who is familiar with the application of computational and biotechnology capabilities to biomedical and public health problems like genetics, clinical and medical research, as well as other data intensive analyses. By coordinating all center technical tasks and providing broad administrative oversight, s/he will have the primary responsibility of achieving the objectives and targets, and institutionalizing the policies and procedures set by the ACE management Committee on which s/he will serve as Secretary. They will also ultimately be responsible for applying policies from the ACE global council.

The research nurse will be responsible for recruitment of study participants and administering of all study related procedures to these participants.  The Project Administrator will assist in the technical team with administrative and financial management and administrative duties related to the project.

IDI has received a five-year transition award entitled USAID Local Partner Health Services-TB Activity.  The purpose of the Award is to increase TB case detection and treatment success in Uganda to 90% of all cases and thus contribute to substantial reduction of Uganda’s TB burden by 2026. IDI will work through technical assistance to the national TB Program in the three districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso and Regional Referral Hospitals to increase availability, accessibility and utilization of integrated TB/HIV and MDR-TB services.

The Administrative Assistant performs high level secretarial, administrative, public relations and liaison duties which require frequent contact with staff, executives, the public, government officials, other partners and stakeholders.

IDI has received a five-year transition award entitled USAID Local Partner Health Services-TB Activity.  The purpose of the Award is to increase TB case detection and treatment success in Uganda to 90% of all cases and thus contribute to substantial reduction of Uganda’s TB burden by 2026. IDI will work through technical assistance to the national TB Program in the three districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso and Regional Referral Hospitals to increase availability, accessibility and utilization of integrated TB/HIV and MDR-TB services.

The Project Administrator will coordinate and manage financial and administrative aspects of the USAID LPHS-TB Activity within their respective offices including basic human resource related activities, financial and other resources. S/he will prepare relevant financial and administrative documentation relating to the Activity and will undertake detailed planning as well as work relating to administration and logistical support for the Activity.  The Project Administrator will ensure that the Activity is managed within the condition of the Award and implemented effectively.

IDI has received a five-year transition award entitled USAID Local Partner Health Services-TB Activity.  The purpose of the Award is to increase TB case detection and treatment success in Uganda to 90% of all cases and thus contribute to substantial reduction of Uganda’s TB burden by 2026. IDI will work through technical assistance to the national TB Program in the three districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso and Regional Referral Hospitals to increase availability, accessibility and utilization of integrated TB/HIV and MDR-TB services.

The TB program Officer will ensure delivery of quality TB and TB-HIV care services in line with current national guidelines by providing technical and leadership support to health facility teams.

 

IDI has received a five-year transition award entitled USAID Local Partner Health Services-TB Activity.  The purpose of the Award is to increase TB case detection and treatment success in Uganda to 90% of all cases and thus contribute to substantial reduction of Uganda’s TB burden by 2026. IDI will work through technical assistance to the national TB Program in the three districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso and Regional Referral Hospitals to increase availability, accessibility and utilization of integrated TB/HIV and MDR-TB services.

 

The MEL Officer shall head the data management section of LPHS-TB Activity. The MEL Officer will provide overall management of data, oversight of documentation within the facilities, mentorship of health facility and district staff in capturing and management of HMIS data in line with current national and USG guidelines. S/he will collaboratively work district biostatisticians to provide technical oversight of data teams and health facility teams to ensure generation and maintenance of high quality data that informs TB and TB-HIV service planning and implementation efforts.

IDI has received a five-year transition award entitled USAID Local Partner Health Services-TB Activity.  The purpose of the Award is to increase TB case detection and treatment success in Uganda to 90% of all cases and thus contribute to substantial reduction of Uganda’s TB burden by 2026. IDI will work through technical assistance to the national TB Program in the three districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso and Regional Referral Hospitals to increase availability, accessibility and utilization of integrated TB/HIV and MDR-TB services.

 

The Finance and Operations Manager will oversee operations for all the three (3) USAID LPHS-TB Activity offices. This comprises oversight of the finance, supply chain, administration and human resources functions. 

IDI has received a five-year transition award entitled USAID Local Partner Health Services-TB Activity.  The purpose of the Award is to increase TB case detection and treatment success in Uganda to 90% of all cases and thus contribute to substantial reduction of Uganda’s TB burden by 2026. IDI will work through technical assistance to the national TB Program in the three districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso and Regional Referral Hospitals to increase availability, accessibility and utilization of integrated TB/HIV and MDR-TB services.

 

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will work closely with the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor (SMELA) to oversee the development and maintenance of a comprehensive data system that will successfully measure the impact of LPHS-TB Activity.  S/he will also have primary responsibility for constructing data files for analysis, performing statistical analyses, and preparing tables and figures to present the results.  In addition, s/he will support the SMELA to monitor progress on program work plans.

The Local Service Delivery for HIV/AIDS activity (LSDA) is a five-year USAID funded project implemented by the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) with local partners- Baylor-Uganda, Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) and Most at Risk Populations (MARPI). The LSDA implements comprehensive HIV/TB interventions through Private Not-For Profit (PNFP) entities currently supported by the USAID/Regional Health Integration To Enhance Services (RHITES) projects in the five sub-regions of East Central, Eastern, Acholi, Lango and South western Uganda. The LSDA supports PNFPs (Faith Based and Civil Society health facilities/sites and organizations) to provide integrated HIV/TB services in furtherance of the Government of Uganda and PEPFAR goal of attaining and maintaining HIV epidemic control by 2020, and ending AIDS by 2030.

In this partnership, IDI provides capacity strengthening support to LSDA regional staff and PNFP facilities for effective delivery of HIV/TB and laboratory services. IDI also supports LSDA supported sites’ IT innovations and solutions to enhance access to quality HIV/TB services.

General Summary

The Laboratory Specialist will work closely with development partners, Ministry of Health, District, and facility teams to strengthen lab systems and build capacity of supported laboratories to provide high quality services in line with national guidelines on HIV/AIDS/ TB diagnostics and related diseases as required.

Program for Accelerated Control of TB in Karamoja (PACT-Karamoja) is a five-year USAID funded Activity (2020–2025) that aims to increase TB case detection and treatment success rates  through health system strengthening in all districts of North Eastern sub-region of Uganda. In collaboration with key stakeholders in the region, PACT-Karamoja project provides technical assistance to district health teams to deliver high impact and innovative interventions that are in line with current national and global TB guidelines in  Karamoja  region. USAID PACT-Karamoja focuses on regional, district and community structures for the management of drug susceptible TB, drug resistant TB and TB preventive services in the districts of Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Karenga, Kotido, Moroto, Nabilatuk, Nakapiripirit  and Napak.

To enhance leadership and technical capacity of the TB program at subnational and district level to effectively guide and manage the implementation of TB control activities.

The PD will have the overall responsibility of leading, managing  and reporting for project activities. S/he will be responsible for making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and project quality and integrity. S/he will serve as the project’ main point of contact with USAID on routine and strategic matters. S/he will also ensure effective organizational management and communication with government officials at all levels, international partners and agencies.