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Microbiology Laboratory Technician(Re-Announced)

: Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU)
: 3 Feb 2023
19 / February / 2023

Job title: Microbiology Laboratory Technician

Department: Laboratory

Supervisor:  Head of Microbiology and Molecular Laboratories

Supervisee:  Laboratory assistants

Location: Mae Ramat, TAK Province 


SMRU is a field station of the faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, and is part of the Mahidol-Oxford Research Unit (MORU) supported by the Wellcome (UK).

The main objective of SMRU is to provide quality health care to the marginalized populations living on both sides of the Thai-Myanmar border in Tak Province. This is achieved by the dual activities of research and humanitarian services, with an emphasis on maternal-child health and infectious diseases.

This combination of health care and research makes SMRU unique. The research agenda is driven by the questions we face in our clinical practice and whether clinical or laboratory based, our studies are designed to be of relevance to the population we serve.


Job overview

The person selected for this job will be responsible for all activities related to microbiology and molecular microbiology, both routine and research activities. On a daily basis, this person will be involved in performing a range of microbiology tests, implementing and performing molecular assays for both diagnostic and research proposes. Techniques employed will include microbial culture, identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing; alongside nucleic acid extraction, conventional and real-time PCR, data analysis, reporting and authorising results and providing training where necessary. The successful applicant will also be responsible for all aspects of the assays used including stock control, quality control, SOPs, helping to supervise laboratory assistants and other duties as directed by the supervisor.


Tasks and responsibilities

  • Follow SOPs
  • Follow laboratory rules including health and safety rules
  • Communicate well with other staff members
  • Received specimens
  • Enter specimen details into laboratory databases
  • Maintain records including completing and signing forms/worksheets
  • Perform tests for diagnostic and/or research purposes
  • Report diagnostic test results into laboratory databases
  • Perform quality control checks
  • Authorise results
  • Analyse data
  • Troubleshoot tests
  • Follow-up equipment maintenance
  • Write and review SOPs
  • Develop/implement new tests
  • Supervise laboratory assistants
  • Gain a full understanding of the procedure performed
  • Train other staff members
  • Contribute to departmental tutorials
  • Refer samples to other laboratories for testing

Essential criteria

  • A degree in medical technology, microbiology or related subjects or sufficient vocational training in one of these disciplines.
  • Good spoken and written both Thai and English.
  • Familiarity with clinical and/or research laboratories.
  • The ability to work as part of the multinational team.
  • The ability to work flexible hours including weekends.
  • The ability to work under pressure.
  • The ability to present results to colleagues
    • Computing skill.
    • Willingness to live in Mae Sot or Mae Ramat.
  • Willingness to learn different techniques.

 Desirable criteria

  • A track record of contributing to scientific publications.
  • Experience in research.
  • Experience of working in a research or clinical microbiology


Applications must be sent to SMRU/HR Department 78/1 Moo 5, Mae Ramat Sub-District, Mae Ramat District, Tak Province, 631400 or email to smru-hr@shoklo-unit.com

Dead line for application: 19th  February 2023

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be notified for the interview process.

SMRU has a zero tolerance to sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) is everyone’s responsibility and all staff are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct, that enshrines principles of PSEA, always (both during work hours and outside work hours). All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles

Contact : smru-hr@shoklo-unit.com


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