Becoming an ASM Consultant

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ASM International is continuously seeking highly qualified individuals to work as consultants for capacity building of clinical microbiology laboratories in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Experience is needed in hands-on clinical microbiology diagnostics, including bacteriology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, and mycology. ASM International is also looking for experts fluent in French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. These activities may require short or long-term (more than three months) travel and can develop with little notice. Technical experts are selected based on skills, availability, language proficiency, and demonstrated experience in comparable work.

 

  1. Responsibilities
  2. Benefits
  3. Eligibility
  4. Application Process
  5. Current Opportunities

Responsibilities of ASM Consultants include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing onsite technical support (bench training) to the laboratory network
  • Mentoring laboratory staff and conducting assessments
  • Assisting with the strengthening of laboratory quality systems, including development of quality control procedures, quality assurance programs, and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Assisting with the establishment of national public health/reference laboratories
  • Providing guidance for the standardization and selection of equipment and reagents
  • Supporting the development of specimen referral networks
  • Assisting with the coordination of infectious disease surveillance and outbreak response
  • Developing/organizing ASM workshops/training for clinical microbiology procedures
  • Developing/organizing ASM workshops/training for biosafety
  • Developting/organizing ASM workshops/training about the culture of responsibility

Benefits of being an ASM Consultant:

  • Opportunity to positively contribute to the overall mission of ASM and advance microbiology worldwide
  • Consultants are compensated for their time and reimbursed for travel-related expenses
  • Opportunity travel worldwide, and gain new cultural experiences
  • A chance to help curb the spread of disease

Eligibility of ASM Consultants:

    • Bachelor's degree or similar in Medical Technology, Biology or other related science and at least five years clinical microbiology laboratory experience.
    • Consultant must be an ASM member - Join ASM
    • International work experience in resource-limited countries
    • Minimum availability for travel of 6-weeks per year
    • Expertise in clinical diagnosis of HIV/AIDS-related opportunistic infections, including specimen collection, transport, and storage; reporting of data; and biosafety
    • Expertise in international laboratory standards and accreditation
    • Experience with the implementation of laboratory quality systems
    • Experience with bench training of technical staff
    • Working knowledge of use and maintenance of laboratory equipment
    • Proven ability to work in a team environment and strong interpersonal skills
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity
    • Computer skills, primarily MS Office
    • Valid passport

    Experience specific to tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics is also needed, especially for acid-fast bacilli (AFB) direct smear microscopy training and external quality assessment; TB solid culture, liquid culture using the BD MGIT 960, drug susceptibility testing, and identification; LED fluorescence microscopy for detection AFB; and line-probe assays for rapid detection of multidrug-resistant TB.

Application Process for ASM Consultants:

  • Applications can be submitted here
  • Applications must include: curriculum vitae; ASM Member Number; area(s) of scientific interest; and a cover letter explaining the member's interest in becoming a Consultant and highlighting relevant skills, education, or experience

Current opportunities open to ASM Consultants:

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