Research Manager Laboratory Management

at South African Medical Research Council
Location Durban, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Management
Work Hours Day
Salary Units MONTH
Currency ZAR
Street Address Durban



The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to improve the nation’s health and quality of life by funding and conducting relevant and leading health research. It further aims to promote equity, career development and progression.




Duration: 2-year contract


The South African Medical Research Council, HIV Prevention Research Unit requires a qualified and experienced Laboratory Manager with managerial acumen to lead the key components of the HPRU multi-faceted laboratory to ensure strict adherence to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) and other laboratory quality standards including South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) and Division of AIDS (DAIDS).


The successful candidate must have extensive laboratory knowledge with scientific leadership, technical and management experience in HIV, diagnostic and research laboratory procedures.




Provide scientific outcomes based on laboratory methodology and tests

Contribute to grants and publications based on laboratory methodology and tests

Manage the laboratory systems and outcomes of the Repository, Central Routine Research Laboratory, and 6 research site laboratories.

Manage laboratory compliance and adherence to all local and international research studies

Manage the laboratory component of the clinical trials, including the set-up of new laboratory analyzers, tests and methods and ensure validation and verification.

Develop, manage and update Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and standardize laboratory procedural requirements within the trial and across site laboratories.

Prepare all sections of the laboratory for internal and external, local, national and international audits, including South African Health Products Regulatory Agency (SAHPRA), SANAS, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and sponsor audits.

Manage laboratory quality management activities and EQA/IQC programs

Set up laboratory agreements and analytical plans with local and international partners

Support local and international partners in developing appropriate quality assurance and quality control systems for all trial-related activities

Laboratory resource and asset management

Laboratory risk management

Laboratory financial management

Laboratory document management

Laboratory supply chain management

Provide mentoring, training, and supervision of laboratory personnel

Exhibit commitment to the overall mission and mandate of the Unit and the SAMRC

Core Requirements:


Master’s Degree in any laboratory science preferably within the HIV field or relevant higher qualification

Registered with the HPCSA

5 years laboratory experience with 5 years management experience including management of external partners

Experience with SANAS audit requirements

Computer literate on Microsoft Excel; Word, Access and PowerPoint



PhD in any laboratory science preferably within the HIV field

Certification in GCLP and International Air Transport Association (IATA) Certification

A valid certificate in Good Clinical Practice (GCP)



Able to work independently with minimum supervision

Able to meet strict deadlines

Able to work under pressure and multi-task.

Be a team player with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

Excellent English, both verbal and written

Be pro-active, self-motivated, and energetic

Be flexible, adaptable, and innovative


Interested candidates can send their CVs