Consultant, Clinical Microbiologist at 54gene Nigeria


54gene was founded in 2019 by Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong to address the significant gap in the global genomics market; Nearly 90% of genetic material used in pharmaceutical research is Caucasian. Only 2% is African, despite the fact that Africans and people of African ancestry are more genetically diverse than all other world populations combined.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Consultant, Clinical Microbiologist

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Contract
Industry: Biotechnology
Department: Laboratory Operations
Reports to: VP, Laboratory Operations

Job Description

  • We are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join our team in the 54gene laboratory. Candidates must be willing to join a fast-paced environment, be willing to learn quickly, adapt to new environments and must have a keen interest in laboratory and research related activities.
  • The Clinical Microbiologist will support operations in the Microbiology department of laboratory Operations at 54gene.

Essential Functions

  • Managing the work of the department and responding to requests for information and advice from within the laboratory and externally.
  • Ensure Clinical Microbiology Lab in 54gene is compliant with a consistent set of company approved laboratory policies and procedures, proper financial and operational controls, quality assurance measures, and safety programs and requirements.
  • Manage, in conjunction with the finance officer and VP laboratory operations, the contracts and resources of the department within the budget.
  • Develop and oversee long-range planning and budgeting plans including; personnel and equipment needs; monitoring and managing the laboratory budget, and monitoring the annual capital forecast.
  • Be responsible for identifying future developments, which may affect the work of the laboratory and develop plans accordingly.
  • Participate in relevant professional activities and provide professional expertise and advice to outside bodies.
  • Ensure that all staff undergo regular performance development reviews to identify individual training needs, set and monitor objectives in line with the needs of the individual and objectives of the laboratory.
  • Ensure that the laboratory’s quality management system is maintained and developed.
  • Ensure that appropriate risk management procedures and documents are in place.
  • Maintenance of laboratory quality.
  • Continue to further education by participating in forums, conferences and industry specific organizations.
  • Handle materials in accordance with the standards for infection prevention and control.
  • Ensure that services are provided in an accurate, efficient and cost effective manner.

Other Duties:

  • Construction of clinical reports.
  • Supervision of laboratory scientist to ensure laboratory standards and turn around time are met.
  • Occasionally liaise with doctors and attend multidisciplinary team meetings as the need arises.
  • Maintenance of laboratory quality.
  • Recommend the replacement and/or order of new equipment.
  • Continue to further education by participating in forums, conferences and industry specific organizations.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Graduate from a recognized medical school with MBBS or MBBCh or its international equivalent.
  • Must be registered as a specialist with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
  • Wide experience in all aspects of clinical microbiology
  • Experience in research and global health delivery is a plus.
  • 2 years post-fellowship experience in clinical microbiology
  • Must have a valid license to practice in Nigeria

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • Effective communicator, able to work in a close-knit team and co-operate with all staff. Professional attitude towards work, reliability, good record of attendance and tidy personal appearance.
  • Demonstrate leadership and team management skills including the ability to manage his/her staff and service and work with multi-disciplinary team members.
  • Demonstrate a high level of verbal and non-verbal communication skills in order to effectively communicate with colleagues, hospital management, other hospital staff and stakeholders from other institutions.
  • Demonstrate evidence of effective planning and organizing skills including awareness of resource management.


  • Authorization to work in Nigeria
  • The duties stated are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required.
  • Other related duties may be assigned within scope of ability.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Equal Opportunity Employer

  • 54gene celebrates diversity and is proud to be an inclusive employer.  We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, marital status, genetic information, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a mental or physical disability, or any other applicable legally protected status or characteristics.


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