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University of Kwazulu-Natal Flagship Research Fellowship in Precision Public Health 2019/2020

This project aims to generate large geographically indexed HIV, TB and cancer datasets in South Africa.

Application Deadline: 28th February 2019

Eligible Countries: Any

To be taken at (country): South Africa.

About the Award:  The Post-Doc and PhD fellows will apply advanced geospatial analysis techniques and molecular epidemiology and geographical analysis techniques to identify “hotspots” in spacetime and describe the characteristics of HIV, TB and HPV transmission networks and its impact on the development of cancer. These results will be combined with detailed demographic information in order to identify patterns of inter- and intra-community transmission in the study populations. This project has three clear aims: i) To determine the epidemiologic and genetic characteristics of HIV, TB and cancer strains found within known incidence “hotspots”; ii) To identify strain-specific geographical clusters and (iii) To characterize the socio-demographic, behavioral and geographic attributes. The post-doc fellow will interact with a team of transdisciplinary researchers and will receive hands-on training in Bioinformatics, Epidemiology and Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques. He/she will also be mentored by leading scientists, who commonly publish in some of of the top journals of the field (i.e. Science, Nature, NEJM and Lancet).

Type: Fellowship, Postdoctorate

Eligibility: We are looking for geographers, bioinformaticians, statisticians, epidemiologists, social scientists and/or phylogeneticists with great potential and ambitious to become leading scientists.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value and Duration of Award: Postdoctoral Fellows will be awarded a well paid tax-free fellowship in South African currency for up to 3 years. Once appointed, the successful candidates will be supported to apply for externally funded personal fellowships and grants. The positions are based at superb facilities in Durban, although flexibility exists for time in South Africa and abroad.

How to Apply: 

  • Interested applicants send an application, which should contain a CV and a motivation letter (max. 500 words) by 28 February 2019 to Mrs. Gugulethu Mkhize Email: MkhizeG5@ukzn.ac.za, Tel: 031 260 419.
  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage see link below) before applying
  • GOODLUCK!

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