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Date Posted

May 25, 2015


Medical Research Council Unit (MRC)

Job Title

Clinical Trial Coordinator/Clinician At Medical Research Council Unit (MRC

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The MRC Unit, The Gambia is undertaking a randomised clinical trial that will examine the effects of administering a pneumococcal-conjugate vaccine either to expectant mothers at between 28 and 34 weeks gestation, or to newborn infants, shortly following birth, on pneumococcal carriage (as a surrogate of pneumococcal disease) in early life. The two groups will be compared to the routine 2, 3 and 4 month infant schedule currently recommended by WHO and used in The Gambia. As well as assessing pneumococcal carriage and the immunogenicity of the vaccines (including transplacental and breast milk antibody transfer), safety follow-up of both mothers during pregnancy and also their newborn infants will be central component of the trial.

Clinical Trial Coordinator/Clinician 

Essential requirements:

  • MBBS or equivalent primary medical qualification.
  • Part 2 FWACP, equivalent medical qualification or relevant post-graduate degree with significant experience in Clinical Trials.
  • Previous work on clinical trials of vaccines or drugs following GCP requirements.
  • Thorough understanding of GCP and relevant clinical trials regulations (e.g. EMA, FDA etc) and ability to apply and interpret them appropriately to the setting in The Gambia.
  • Practical experience of health research in developing countries.
  • Experience in managing staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic and committed team player and team motivator.
  • Commitment to working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • A flexible and well-organised approach to work and an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to be on-call and work outside the normal working hours.
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access).



  • Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to work on databases and statistical packages.
  • Experience of cold-chain management.
  • Experience in recruiting expectant mothers to clinical trials.

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