Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified candidates for the West African Genetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC) Recruitment 2021.
We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:
Job Title: Research Fellow (Biomedical/Clinical)
• The Research Fellow position is equivalent to a university lecturer position with a unique focus on research scholarship and grant monitoring and evaluation.
• The successful candidates will be offered 3-5 year mentored research in biomedical/clinical genetics in a variety of areas including blood disorders, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer with the goal of transitioning to become an independent investigator by the 5th year of Fellowship.
• The candidates will be assigned a portfolio of PhD and Master’s degree Fellowship Awards to monitor and evaluate in collaboration with WAGMC Grants Administration staff, and the host department of the WAGMC Postgraduate Fellowship. • Additional duties will include teaching and mentoring of graduates and undergraduates.
• Conduct mentored research in biomedical/clinical genetics in one of the following thematic areas: a) blood disorders, b) diabetes and kidney disease, and c) cancer
• Develop new research ideas and methodologies; participate in collaborations focused on cutting-edge research; develop research commercialization and consultancy portfolios
• Develop individual innovative research projects and obtain grants to support the work, and contribute to Centre-wide research and research training grants
• Teach and supervise students, contribute to the development, coordination, and implementation of academic programmes in accordance with the aims of the Centre and the policy, strategy, and procedures of the University of Ghana
• Monitor and evaluate the research progress of postgraduate fellows; provide scientific review of research supplies requests; track research progress documenting challenges and devising solutions to overcome the challenges
• Review Postgraduate Fellows progress reports and provide expert recommendations to promote their work and timely completion of projects
• Participate in seminars and thesis committee meetings of Postgraduate Fellows to gain in-depth understanding of their work and research support needs, and work with their supervisors to promote completion of projects and close of Awards
• PhD in Human/Medical/Molecular Genetics or Biomedical/Health Sciences programme with at least 3-years postdoctoral research experience
• Evidence of teaching and mentoring graduate students
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including fluency in English, effective communication with different groups and report writing
• Good computer literacy skills, with competencies in spreadsheets, word processing, power point, electronic communications applications, including teleconferencing and distance learning platforms
Job Title: Genetic Counsellor (Part-time)
• The holder of this post will be responsible for clinical skills training, teaching, research support and supervision of MSc Genetic Counselling students.
• The job holder will provide autonomous genetic counselling services as part of their role at WAGMC.
• The Centre is looking for a well-rounded, forward-thinking, culturally-sensitive, and solution-driven
individual, well-experienced in genetic counselling practice and highly skilled in clinical supervision, teaching/training, public engagement, and cutting-edge research to join the WAGMC team.
• The suitable candidate should have the ability to flexibly adapt these skills and experiences to working in a multi-disciplinary team.
Clinical Skills Training and Assessment
• Take responsibility for the practical training of students enrolled in the MSc Genetic Counselling Programme
• Act as Course Leader for the Genetic Counselling Practicum and Inter-Semester Clinical Attachment Courses in the MSc Genetic Counselling programme
• Develop course manuals, detailed lesson plans, and a 1,032-hour practicum schedule for active rotation of all students in four clinical areas – haematology/sickle cell, oncology/cancer, child health, and pre-natal/obstetrics
• Teach clinical skills and be responsible for the smooth and competent coordination and oversight of the clinical courses in the Genetic Counselling programme
• Work in collaboration with Heads of the Clinical/Laboratory Units to develop a plan for supervision and support of all students during rotations at each Unit
• Adopt evidence- and competency-based as well as student-centred and integrated learning activities that improve clinical skills learning
• Adopt advanced, practical, and fair methods of assessment that promote active learning, critical thinking, self-reflection, personal growth, and teamwork skills
• Closely monitor students’ clinical skills and broader educational needs, appropriately guiding training and learning in ways that ensure eventual development of competencies of world-class standards, as well as to ensure that students are fit for purpose in the local setting
• Take responsibility for developing students’ community engagement skills in genetic counselling as part of the practical training on the Genetic Counselling programme
• Liaise with community leaders and gatekeepers in collaboration with the Programme Coordinators to ensure successful entry into communities
• Create community outreach manuals to effectively guide students to develop, implement, evaluate, write reports, and present reports on peer-led community outreach programmes organised within local communities
• Liaise with WAGMC staff, multidisciplinary teams at UG, and partner institutions to design and implement community outreach programmes for raising awareness about genetic disorders, diagnosing, and providing genetic counselling support including referral support.
How to Apply for WAGMC Recruitment
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to: [email protected]
Application Deadline: 04 April 2021