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Scientist TB, Dx Specialist


FIND, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics

Job Location

Chemin des Mines 9
1202 Geneva

Job Description

Organization: FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics, seeks to ensure equitable access to reliable diagnosis around the world. We connect countries and communities, funders, decision-makers, healthcare providers and developers to spur diagnostic innovation and make testing an integral part of sustainable, resilient health systems. We are working to save 1 million lives through accessible, quality diagnosis, and save US$1 billion in healthcare costs to patients and health systems. We are co-convener of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator diagnostics pillar, and a WHO Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Strengthening and Diagnostic Technology Evaluation. Location: FIND Country offices in either South Africa, Kenya, India or Viet Nam; or any of the 2021 WHO high burden TB countries. Reporting to: Deputy Director TB Programme – FIND, Geneva Term : Permanent POSITION SUMMARY: In this position, you will lead technical projects within the Tuberculosis Programme to ensure alignment with strategic objectives, and activities that are scientifically and technically rigorous. In collaboration with partners, you will design, supervise and manage diagnostics product development activities, including analytical and feasibility studies, from conception to finalization, through regulatory approvals and launch You will establish and manage strategic relationships with industry and academic partners, key opinion leaders, stakeholders, and policy makers to support programme leadership. With support from the Project Management Office, you will ensure that technical projects are properly defined, funded, managed and organized and meet their respective goals and objectives, remain within budget and are completed on schedule. EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIRED: Your primary responsibility will be leadership of technical projects within the TB Programme. The specific activities will include but are not limited to: • Identification, prioritization and selection of projects in development, evaluation and demonstration of diagnostic tests for TB, in collaboration with the Deputy Director of the TB Programme. • Develop new project plans, protocols and, in collaboration with the project management office, project management documentation • Design and management of laboratory analytical studies that contribute to WHO review and regulatory approval • Collaborate with the FIND cross-cutting Technology & Development team and external partners to evaluate diagnostic solutions, and to support product development activities to ensure that they follow industry and FIND standard processes and documentation • Apply scientific, technical and strategic thinking to identify, develop and manage a portfolio of projects related to discovery and translational aspects of diagnostics research and development. • Negotiate, execute, and manage complex projects and performance-based contracts. • Contribute to managing product development partnerships, industry collaborators and academic partners • Writing of reports, publications and scientific presentations (incl. travel for presentations) • Participating in fundraising through grant writing. Qualifications: • At least 5 years' experience working with tuberculosis and/or in vitro diagnostics • Advanced scientific degree (e.g. MSc or higher) • Experience working in or closely aligned to industry partners • Exceptional scientific and/or technical understanding of the design and development of diagnostics, especially in immunodiagnostics • Experience with initiating and conducting R&D collaborations and external partnerships desirable • Knowledge of relevant quality management systems and product development processes, and GMP and GCLP guidelines and practical application in the field • Knowledge of WHO PQ process for IVDs desirable • Program and/or project management experience is desirable • Ability to multitask and prioritize work in a rapidly changing environment • Ability to work without close supervision, as well as work under pressure and meet tight timelines on a result-oriented basis • Ability to work cooperatively in teams of multi-cultural backgrounds • A keen sense of humour, resilience and creativity • Demonstrated outstanding written and oral communication skills in positions requiring clear and focused communications on technically complex issues. • Fluent in English, with a track record in publishing. To apply Please send your application by 15 July 2022 Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted. FIND is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued. FIND is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. FIND does not discriminate based on race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability status, political ideology, military status, or any other attribute protected by applicable law.