KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme
Title: 2013 Early and mid-career Postdoctoral positions
The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme is an internationally renowned health research Programme that is committed to carrying out high quality research on health issues affecting Kenya and Africa in general and to building research capacity in the East African Region. Several early and mid-level postdoctoral positions are available in the areas listed below. These positions offer an opportunity to work with internationally renowned scientists in a highly dynamic research environment. In addition, the positions are aimed at providing support and mentorship for the holders to develop applications for grants to support their future research work.
Early postdoctoral positions
- Molecular biology of parasites
- Mathematical modelling of disease epidemiology
- Health systems and economics
- Social science
Mid-level postdoctoral positions
- Health systems
- Mathematical modeling of disease epidemiology
Eligibility: The positions are open to East Africans and are two years non-renewable. However, during this period the position holder is expected to submit an application for further funding to the Wellcome Trust. If funding is awarded the holder's contract will be extended to the end of the awarded grant period. Early postdoctoral positions are open to applicants who completed their PhD training in any of the within the last one (i.e. from Jan 2012 onwards). Mid-level postdoctoral positions are open to applicants who have between two and four years of postdoctoral experience and a strong publication record
Further information: For further information and application please visit the Postdoctoral training portal on our website at http://careers.kemri-wellcome.org/postdoctoral-training , For enquiries please contact Dr. Sam Kinyanjui - firstname.lastname@example.org . Note: Only online applications will be accepted.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Title: Two studentships: MSc Control of Infectious Diseases Studentship 2013-14 (LMIC Applicants) and MSc Epidemiology MSc Epidemiology Studentship 2013-14 (LMIC Applicants)
Applications are open to all candidates who are nationals of, and have been ordinarily resident in, low- and middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank) for the last three years and who hold an LSHTM offer of admission for the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases or the MSc Epidemiology course starting in September 2013. This full-time 1-year studentship will cover the full year’s tuition fees of £19,250.00 and a stipend of £13,750.00.
Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for this award, applicants must be nationals of, and have been ordinarily resident in, low- and middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank) for the last three years and hold an offer of admission for the MSc Epidemiology or MSc Control of Infectious Diseases.
Closing date for applications: Monday 10 June 2013
Further information: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/funding/index.html
EFIS-EJI Ruggero Ceppellini Advanced School of Immunology
Title: Advanced EFIS-EJJI course on: Novel vaccination strategies against the three major killers.
The course will review aspects of the immunology of Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS which are important for vaccine and biomarker development, discuss how host protective immunity can translate into the design and development of novel vaccines, consider how biomarkers support vaccine development, and examine the vaccines currently under clinical trial. The official language is English. The number of participants is limited to 75.
Cost and Bursaries: Early registration fee is € 550.00 (until 1 September, 2013) and includes course material, lunches, coffee breaks, welcome buffet dinner and a guided tour of Roman ruins. An additional €100 will be charged for late registration. Several bursaries are available for registration fee and/or hotel + dinners from funding provided by EFIS-EJI. Additional funding has been requested from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for African applicants for travel expenses, registration fee, hotel and dinners.
Application deadline:30 June 2013.
Period: The Course will be held 16 - 20 October 2013
Venue: Castellammare di Stabia, (Naples), Italy.
Further information: visit website http://www.ceppellini.it/ for more details.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Epidemiology and population Health
Name: General Practice Research Database (GPRD) PhD studentships in Pharmacoepidemiology
The PhD studentships concerns epidemiological research into how best to define outcomes that may be adverse drug effects using data from large observational databases and linked datasets. This will involve large scale data analyses and original methodological research pertinent to drug safety issues.
Stipend: £20897 in the first year, increasing annually thereafter
Eligibility: Applicants should preferably have an MSc (or equivalent) in epidemiology or statistics. An aptitude for applied methodological research in epidemiology or statistics is important.
Application process: pplicants are encouraged to contact Krishnan Bhaskaran (email@example.com, or Ian Douglas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an informal discussion.
Application deadline: June 6, 2011
Further information: visit website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/prospectus/funding/gprd2011.html
T- REC Building research capacity of blood transfusion services in Africa
Name: PhD scholarships available focusing on blood transfusion in Africa
The T-REC project invites applications for PhD scholarships for research focusing on priority topics in blood transfusion in Africa (http://www.afsbt.org/index). The T-REC project is funded by the European Union and is a partnership between the blood transfusion services in Ghana and Zimbabwe and academic institutions in the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands. The overall aim of the TREC project is to strengthen the capacity of blood transfusion services in Africa to generate their own research and to use research findings to improve the safety and availability of blood for transfusion. The aim of the T-REC PhD programme is to train experts who can become leaders in transfusion research.
Start date: September 1, June
Application deadline: June 10, 2011
Further information: visit website www.t-rec.eu or contact Tracy seddon (email@example.com )
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and AVECNET PhD Studentships
Title 1: Behavioural responses of African malaria vectors to insecticides
Using state-of-the-art techniques, being developed in collaboration with the Mechanical Engineering Department at Leeds University, we are investigating these behaviours in the African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae in the laboratory and in the field. Working with other groups within the multidisciplinary research consortium AVECNET, we aim to characterize behaviour in insecticide susceptible populations from Tanzania prior to studies on resistant populations. Work will be undertaken in unique laboratory experimental facilities in UK and in experimental huts in the field in Africa. The student will be responsible for building quantifiable and reproducible profiles of a series of behaviours in mosquitoes that will provide a basis for the detection of any potential changes that might occur with insecticide resistance.
Eligibility: BSc/MSc in biological sciences.
Location of PhD: NIMRI Tanzania and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK. Registered for PhD at LSTM
Title 2: Maximising the translation potential of new malaria control tools through application of health economics and policy analysis
New tools are needed to help the fight against malaria. AvecNet aims to develop and evaluate new tools to prevent mosquito mediated transmission of malaria and translate them into improved malaria control in Africa. These tools will be evaluated in field trials to determine their effectiveness. Acceptability to end users will also be assessed using stakeholder analysis. Effectiveness and end user acceptability are necessary but not sufficient criteria for the wide scale adoption of a new intervention. This PhD will focus on identifying and prioritising the economic and policy evidence base required to influence key actors and maximise the translation potential of new interventions for malaria vector control. During the latter part of the PhD, the candidate will work with AvecNet scientists to generate and package evidence on new interventions developed during this project in a way most likely to influence policy and practice
Eligibility: •BSc/MSc in economics and/or public policy or closely related field
Location of PhD: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK with field work in one or more African country. Registered for PhD at LSTM
Duration: Both PhD Studentships will last for 3years commencing 2012
Application deadline: June 18, 2011
Further information: visit website http://www.avecnet.eu/html/training_activities/training%20activities.html
Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia Region, and Mekong Malaria Programme
Name: 9th International Training Course on Management of Malaria
The objectives of the course are:
- To teach the participants in the management of severe and uncomplicated malaria both in well-equipped hospital and places with unlimited facilities
- To be updated with anti-malarial drugs in the treatment of severe malaria
- To review and train participants in the laboratory diagnosis of malaria
- To understand the recent pathogenesis of malaria.
Duration: 29 August- 2 September, 2011
Venue: WHO Collaborating Centre for Clinical Management of Malaria, Faculty of Tropical Medicine Hospital for Tropical disease, Bangkok, Thailand
Course fee: US$900 per person. Maximum of 25 persons are expected.
Expenses and Travel: Selected participants will be awarded a WHO Fellowship, which will provide them with air travel, by the most direct and economic mode and route to Bangkok, Thailand and return.
Admission procedure: Eligible candidates are invited to apply using standard WHO fellowship forms available from the respective WHO country offices. Applications need to be endorsed by the national ministries of health and sent to the WHO regional office of South East Asia through the WHO country office.
Further information: visit website http://www.malariatraining.com/about.htm
University of Gezira, Blue Nile National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Name: Master of Science Degree in Medical Entomology and Vector Control
The Blue Nile National Institute for Communicable Diseases, University of Gezira, Sudan announced the 3rd batch of the above mentioned course for the academic year 2011/2012. This course will provide advanced training both in the theoretical and practical of all aspects of biology and control of the major disease vectors of medically important as well as the human pathogens that they transmit in the Mediterranean Region. Its also will equip students with specialised skills that will facilitate conduct research, commercial and administrative careers.Graduates from this course go into operational control programmes, applied basic research and academic fields including higher degree studies and teaching positions.
Why Blue Nile Institute: The Institute has high calibre of staff and the extent to which they assist students in any way possible is remarkable.
This course is in collaboration with:
- World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Cairo, Egypt.
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom.
- National Institute for Communicable Diseases, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom
- Istituto Superiori di Sanità, Rome, Italy.
- Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France and Centre for Research in Entomology, Cotonou (CREC), Cotonou, Benin.
Duration and language of instruction: The duration of the course is 1 year beginning in July 15th 2011. The course will be conducted in English. Potential applicants should submit evidence for English language proficiency before admission.
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
- Identify vector-borne disease problems in relation to the general health situation of their countries
- Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate vector control programmes based on integrated vector management (IVM) approaches in accordance with the prevailing epidemiological, social and economic conditions of their countries.
This will be achieved through acquisition of a matrix of skills acquired from seven modules including:
- knowledge of the major vectors and vector-borne diseases of relevance globally and specifically to the Region;
- skills to conduct entomological surveillance and operational research;
- knowledge on the principles of epidemiological investigations of vector-borne diseases;
- skills in disease control programme management;
- skills to develop vector control strategies based on the principles of IVM;
- skills to facilitate and train others, and effectively document and disseminate information on entomology and vector control;
Course Structure and Syllabus
The semester will start with a one week orientation period for all students. During this time students will be introduced to the Gezira University, Blue Nile National Institute for Communicable Diseases and its staff, given time to settle into Wad-Medani.
Module 1: Vectors and Vector-borne Diseases - introduction to vector-borne diseases and their burden, vector biology and ecology, modelling and dynamics of disease transmission.
Module 2: Epidemiological Investigations and Statistics - introduction to general epidemiology, statistics principles and methods, computer based applications in vector-borne disease control and study design.
Module 3: Entomological Investigations - sampling and rearing methods, vector identification, vector incrimination and vector surveillance.
Module 4: Vector Control - principles of vector control: methods and approaches, the integrated vector control approach, pesticides and their management and insecticide resistance management.
Module 5: Essential Principles of Programme Management in the context of Integrated Vector Management (IVM) - programme management, political and institutional frameworks in vector control, planning vector control programmes, monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization and advocacy, social mobilization, partnership and inter-sectoral collaboration.
Module 6: Field training (2 months).
Module 7: Dissertation (3 months minimum).
Admission Requirements:The applicants should have one of the following qualifications:
- B.Sc. in Medical Entomology
- B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences (Crop protection, Entomology, Pesticides, Toxicology, Environmental and National Resources).
- Degree in Medicine
- B.Sc. in Veterinary Medicine
- B.Sc. in Health and Environmental Sciences
- B.Sc. in Medical Laboratories Sciences
- B.Sc. in Sciences (Zoology)
Applicants must speak English; all applicants are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency.
English language qualifications should be as follows:
- TOEFL test results of at least 560 (paper-based), or 220 (computer-based test) or 83 (internet-based test)
- IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.0 points,
Possess a minimum of two years of relevant work experience, be computer literate and under 35 years of age.
Holders of an Advanced Diploma in Environmental Health or in Health
Sciences with relevant work experience in a disease vector control programme will also be exceptionally considered.
- Applications including candidate CV and copies of relevant degree and certificates are to be submitted to Course Director; E-mail: BNRTI@hotmail.com.
- Accepted candidates should then look for possible funding after receiving letter of admission.
- Deadline for applications is June . 30. 2011.
Selection of candidates:Selection of candidates will be undertaken by an Steering Committee established for this course; according to the University of Gezira postgraduate admission regulations.
Cost of Study: The tuition fee per student is USD 6000 and the estimated cost of accommodation is USD 1800 for one year, and living is approximately USD 1000 per month. This figure is only indicative.
For further information please contact us at:
Blue Nile National Institute for Communicable Diseases
University of Gezira
PO Box 101
Wad Madani, Sudan
KEMRI/Wellcome Trust programme, Kilifi, Kenya
Name: Working with the human genome sequence Workshop
This 3-day Workshop provides an intensive introduction to bioinformatics tools freely available on the internet, focusing primarily on the Human Genome data. Students will be given hands-on training in the use of public databases and web-based sequence analysis tools. All course materials will be available on the web, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions of the instructors as they apply what they have learned. Each student will have access to a desk-top PC for the duration of the course.
Duration: 3 days and limited to 30 participants
Venue: Kilifi, Kenya
Bursaries: A number of bursaries are available and would be awarded according to merit. The bursary will cover travel (maximum amount for travelling will be 750£), accommodation and sustenance.
Application deadline: July 22, 2011
Further information: visit website http://www.sanger.ac.uk/resources/talksandtraining/opendoor/kenya.html
European Virtual Institute for Malaria Research (EviMalaR)
Name: Call for Applications for fellowships/Research Resource Grants of the EviMalaR 2011
The European Virtual Institute of Malaria Research (EVIMalaR) network invites applications for fellowship awards. Three awards are envisaged and each award will be for 3 years. Current funding indicates that the opportunity for renewal will NOT be possible. Evimalar is a joint research FP7 Network of Excellence, funded by the European Commission and currently involving 51 partners from 37 institutes in Europe, Africa, India and Australia (co-ordinated at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK). It seeks to integrate malaria research that is directed towards a better understanding of the basic knowledge of the parasite, its vector and of the biology of the interactions between the parasite and both its mammalian host and vectors.
Type of proposal requested: Two types (i) Research Resource (ii) Research fellowships each with its criteria
Value of Fellowship: Annual stipend of 55000Euro plus bench fee of 15000Euro
Duration: Three years
Application deadline: July 29th, 2011
Latest start date: Oct 1, 2011
Further information: visit website www.evimalar.org
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
Name: Sub-Regional Methodology Workshops for Social Research in Africa, Session for North Africa: Fields and Theories of Qualitative Research
The 2011 session of the CODESRIA sub-regional methodological workshops will explore the conditions for the employment and validation of qualitative perspectives in African contexts. To this end, the workshops will be open to all the social research disciplines. These disciplines are uniformly confronted with broadly similar difficulties of understanding social reality and the challenges posed by techniques of data collection and analysis, which, on account of their “qualitative” nature, are suspected by some to be seriously lacking in scientific rigour.
Eligibility: The workshop is designed for doctoral and masters students and young mid-career African researchers resident in all countries of North Africa.
Venue: CRASC, Oran, Algeria
Duration: 3- 7 October 2011
Application deadline: August 5th, 2011
Further information: visit website http://www.codesria.org/
Mahidol-oxford Research Unit, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok
Name: Genomic Epidemiology of Malaria Workshop
This course will teach researchers to apply new genomic tools and analyses to malaria epidemiology, with the goal to be able to detect and use information about natural genetic variation in the parasite, vector and host genome to understand and control disease. The course will cover key concepts in genome variation and population genetics, current and emerging sequencing and genotyping technologies to detect variation, and analysis tools for interpreting their data outputs. Concepts and technologies will be presented in the context of real-world applications, like using genetic variation for surveillance of antimalarial drug and insecticide resistance.
Prerequisites: Space for course is limited. Priority will be given to researchers working in malaria endemic regions who convey how the course focus, applying large-scale genome science to malaria epidemiology and control, will be of practical relevance to their current or planned research.
Application deadline: September 5, 2011
Bursaries: Bursaries are available for non-commercial applicants to cover travel and accommodation costs
Further information: visit website www.wellcome.ac.uk