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The Program

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana, Legon, with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is implementing a project titled Supporting a Drug Discovery Hub Development in Ghana’.


This project seeks to train young scientists and research assistants towards building a critical mass for drug discovery applications, equip them to compete effectively for international funding for research work in Africa, offer them international exposure, and facilitate their networking and collaboration with other institutions.


This is to invite interested applicants to apply for the position of Research Assistant. The successful applicant will conduct research for a seven-month period (renewable for one year based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds) in a strong interdisciplinary environment at the NMIMR.


Malaria – in vitro antimalarial drug assays

The applicant person must have expertise in working in BSL2 facilities in addition to the items listed below:

a. Malaria parasite culture

b. Preparing and reading thick and thin blood films

c. Good record keeping and organization skills



Prospective candidates should be a young scientist with a background in medical laboratory technology/ laboratory technology or biochemistry (or other life sciences) with experience in cell culture. Applicants must be highly motivated, have strong laboratory skills and be interested in assisting the development of novel research directions. Applicants must have strong working knowledge in English language (both written and oral). Applicants must have completed their National Service.


How to Apply

Applicants must submit, as a single pdf file, electronic copies of the following documents to The Project Administrator, NMIMR:

a)     A letter of application (stating areas of expertise, research interests and experience);

b)    An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae;

c)     List of publications (if available);

d)    Copies of relevant educational and professional certificates and transcripts; and,


e)    Two references


All supporting documents should be scanned and included in the single pdf file and sent to Please save the file with your full name and ‘Research Assistant’

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted to participate in further selection processes.



Applications should reach the DDH Project Administrator by September 12, 2023 (17.00hr GMT)

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