Laboratory Scientist

Laboratory Scientist

The MSF laboratory scientists are the lifeblood of MSF’s work, aiding clinicians in their essential diagnosis. They mostly work in a supervisory and training capacity. They play an important role in running the laboratories and monitoring the impact of our response to outbreaks of diseases. Work may be in supporting existing government health centres (hospitals/clinics) or within MSF initiated centres. Laboratory scientists are also responsible for laboratory and staff management, the determination of local staff teaching needs and implementation of training programmes.


 Essential Criteria 

  1. Bachelors in Laboratory Technology (BMLT) or a Degree in Microbiology with applied medical parasitology and bacteriology
  2. Experienced with haematology, virology, TB, blood bank, malaria, HIV, STIs.
  3. Knowledge and ability in sample-taking techniques. (blood, stool, sputum)
  4. Knowledge of laboratory testing quality control methods
  5. Demonstrable and extensive experience in training/supervising others
  6. Demonstrable and extensive experience in research



  1. Experience in using laboratory software packages and carrying out surveys


 What Do We Offer 

MSF packages reflect the humanitarian spirit of volunteerism as well as recognising the high level of professionals we recruit.

That includes:

  • Round trip economy air travel;
  • Accommodation and transportation during your contract (including briefings and debriefings);
  • Monthly indemnity based on your experience and MSF salary structure;
  • Field Per diem allowance in local currency based on the cost of living in project country;
  • Insurance covering health, luggage, professional liability, repatriation, accidents and flights;
  • Pre and post-mission health checks.


 Career With MSF 

Besides the practical considerations, there are many intangible benefits. Working for MSF is a challenging and rewarding personal and professional experience that allows you to help people in a very real way. MSF encourages field workers to continue working for the organisation beyond their first mission, and we offer various career opportunities to our field workers.

Gaining more and varied MSF field experience makes you eligible for coordination positions in the mission such as Logistical, Medical, or Project Coordinator, or Head of Mission.


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