A medical research organization with an expanding portfolio of research projects is seeking to recruit suitably qualified, highly motivated and hardworking candidates to fill the following vacant position at its research site in Zomba:
The Training & Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE) seeks to recruit and offer an academic fellowship to a competent and dynamic individual who is willing to pursue a PhD. The research areas will be Public Health, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Nutrition, or Nutritional Epidemiology. The fellowship is under the nutrition and infectious diseases theme at TRUE. The successful candidate will embed his/her PhD research work in an exciting research project in Zomba district, southern Malawi. The PhD fellow’s appointment will be for three years.
Positions: 1 post, based in Blantyre (administrative) and Zomba (fieldwork).
The project seeks to determine the effectiveness and safety of intravenous iron administration during the third trimester of pregnancy compared with oral iron in improving maternal and infant outcomes.
The overall goal is to inform the implementation of IV iron for anaemic women during pregnancy in Malawi and other Lower Middle-Income Countries.
At the minimum, the candidate will have an MPH in public health or MSc in global health or related field from a recognised university. The successful candidate should be proficient in spoken and written English and Chichewa and should have published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The candidate should demonstrate ample experience with collaborative research and work in a multidisciplinary team.
To meet the full requirements for the fellowship position, the applicant must also submit an application for registration with the University of Malawi, College of Medicine’s PhD program.
Admission regulations and registration details are available at https://www.medcol.mw/postgraduates/
Duties and responsibilities
The PhD Fellow must demonstrate analytical thinking, creativity and critical thinking in the development of independent research ideas and pursuant of targeted academic goals. The Fellow must have good collaborative skills to enable them to function in a multidisciplinary context. He/she will be responsible for providing support for the execution of the project. He/she will support the Principal Investigators/academic supervisors in providing leadership, oversight of the day-to-day study activities, timely reporting and supervision of research personnel, and management of the budget in liaison with PIs/academic supervisor. He/she will contribute scientifically at a doctoral level by demonstrating appropriate leadership in data analysis and manuscript writing. He/she will liaise closely with the principal investigators/academic supervisors locally and internationally and will be required to spend considerable time in the field sites.