“When I arrived in southern Sudan, I discovered that in many ways all was as I had expected, and in many other ways, there was no way I could have been prepared for what I saw. Having an interest in health education, I took over the component in the project, and had a great time planning school and radio campaigns for kala azar and malaria preventions”

Pam HeppleMSF Microbiologist

Biomedical Scientists are the lifeblood of MSF’S work, aiding clinicians in their essential diagnoses. In the field, biomedical scientists mostly work in a supervisory and training role. They play an important role in running our laboratories and monitoring outbreaks of disease and the impact of our responses.

Whether you are managing a laboratory to test for tuberculosis, or testing people for sleeping sickness in temporary outdoor clinics, your experience is valuable to MSF’s work.


  • Diploma in Laboratory Technology or a degree in Microbiology with applied medical parasitology and bacteriology
  • Proven knowledge of STD’s, virology, Tuberculosis, blood bank, malaria, HIV/AIDS
  • Knowledge and ability required in the techniques of sample taking (blood, stool, sputum)
  • Experience in using laboratory software packages and carrying out surveys
  • Knowledge of laboratory testing quality control methods
  • Experience in managing, supervising  and training others
  • Able to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
  • Willing to work in unstable areas and ability to cope in a difficult and unpredictable environment
  • Available for a minimum of nine to twelve months
  • Minimum of three months work, volunteering or travelling experience in developing countries

MSF is currently looking for Biomedical Scientists with good French skills. English speaking candidates are welcome to apply, however If you speak French to a level where you can be placed in a French speaking mission such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Central African Republic, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register. Arabic skills are also in demand.