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Head of Laboratory at Institut Pasteur du Laos


The HoL at the IPL is expected to closely interact with the LIH to direct a research team working in the field of infectious disease and public health research, with a focus on vaccine-preventable diseases. The HoL will oversee a team of currently 2 scientists and 3 technicians, manage administrative responsibilities, and contribute valuable scientific input to the design of research studies. The successful candidate will have a solid background and interest in infectious diseases, public health research and immunology, and a proven track record in supervision and capacity building.


Team Supervision:

  • In collaboration with LIH, Lead and supervise a team of scientists and technicians;
  • Mentor and guide team members to foster professional development;
  • Provide training to students and interns hosted at the LaoLuxLab;
  • Ensure adherence to IPL rules, including on safety and ethics.

Administrative Tasks/ Management:

  • Manage administrative duties related to team budget, holiday requests, orders and other relevant functions;
  • Ensure effective communication and collaboration with the Clinical and Applied Virology group of LIH.

Scientific Contribution:

  • Provide scientific inputs and innovative ideas for research projects;
  • Participate in decision-making processes regarding the launch of new studies;
  • Organize scientific discussions with the team to improve their scientific knowledge and understanding;
  • Contribute to general scientific discussions at IPL & collaborate with other IPL teams;
  • Publication of articles in very good scientific or medical journals.

Culture Integration:

  • Embrace and immerse in the Laotian culture;
  • Effectively manage and motivate a team of Lao scientists and technicians;
  • Collaborate with the former HoL for a smooth transition, includingpotential on-site guidance.


  • PhD in Infectious Diseases, Virology, Public Health, Immunology, or a related field
  • Experience in applied infectious disease, public health, and/or immunology research, and capacity building
  • Strong background in pathogen and antibody detection
  • Proven ability to generate and develop innovative scientific ideas
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Team player
  • Cultural sensitivity and willingness to adapt to the Laotian work environment and to support the development of other national organizations and institutions
  • Proactive problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong time and research data management skills
  • Previous experience in a similar role is appreciated
  • Having a medical background is considered an asset
  • Fluency in English (speaking and writing)


The LIH is an equal opportunities employer. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff. The LIH is attentive to gender representation among its leadership staff and aims to eliminate obstacles to the recruitment and promotion of female leaders and their career development.

In Short...

  • Ref :  MC/HoL0224/JH/DII

How to apply

Applications including a letter detailing your motivation and a curriculum vitae should be sent through our website via the apply button below.

Please apply ONLINE formally through this web page.

Applications by email will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.