KEMRI Call for a PhD Candidate Jobs in Kenya

KEMRI Call for a PhD Candidate Jobs in Kenya


  • The safety of antimalarial administered during pregnancy is a crucial consideration for pregnant women, healthcare providers, investigators, regulators, manufacturers, ethics committees, and policymakers. There is limited information on the safety, pharmacology, and efficacy of most medicines in pregnancy by the time they reach the market.

  • As a result, pregnant women are often prescribed old and sometimes inferior drugs. MiMBa (Malaria in Mothers and Babies) Pregnancy Registry is designed to capture and analyse data on safety of different drugs used to treat malaria in pregnancy. Emphasis is placed on collecting data during the first trimester of pregnancy for antimalarials with limited safety data.

  • The project aims to deliver robust data to support potential label change and support informed decision making by healthcare providers and pregnant women needing treatment for malaria. This project is as a partnership co-led by LSTM and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), KEMRI and involving regulators, database management experts
    (WWARN), pharmacovigilance experts, and others. This project seeks to fill the one PhD position
    with a PhD project nested in the main MiMBa pregnancy registry project.


  • PhD student (1 position). We are seeking to fill the one PhD position with a PhD project
    nested in the main MiMBa pregnancy registry project. The PhD project could either focus on
    specific clinical research component such as assessment of congenital anomalies and
    neurodevelopmental assessment of infants exposed in-utero to antimalarials or focus on the
    methodology for record linkage from women to mother to child to explore prenatal exposures on
    birth and child outcomes.

  • The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop a PhD proposal based on these opportunities in the first 6 month of the programme with the support of the
    supervisory team.

    Expectations of the PhD Candidate

    • This will be a three-year, full-time, research PhD registered with the Liverpool School of
    Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK

    • The PhD student will be based and hosted at KEMRI/CGHR, Kisumu with travel to LSTM in
    the UK at specified time for related training and administration purposes.

    • The PhD student will develop a research proposal nested within the MiMBa Pregnancy Registry project, lead the conduct of specific component of field work related to the PhD project and/or methodology work under the guidance of the supervisory team.

    Support for the PhD Candidate

    • This
    is a partially funded PhD opportunity. Candidate must have guaranteed at least 80% of
    their salary covered by their current employment.

    • Items covered by the scholarship include

  • PhD registration fees

  • Cost of a training attachment at LSTM: airfare, visa fees, accommodation and subsistence

  • Cost of dissertation research / field work


  • Must be citizens or permanent residents of Kenya

  • Provide proof from current employer that part of the salary will be covered during their PhD

  • Masters degree or the equivalent from a recognised University, relevant to the area of study (medicine, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics or related field) and fulfilment of PhD entry requirements of LSTM. It is the policy of LSTM to consider only applicants that hold a
    first class, or high upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to
    the MiMBa Pregnancy Registry project.

  • Where an applicant does not meet this requirement (e.g. they hold a lower second class undergraduate degree), they may be eligible to apply if they also hold a master's degree with an awarded distinction or equivalent (in an area relevant to their proposed PhD) and are able to provide an award certificate and transcript for both qualifications. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider masters qualifications that have not
    yet been awarded.

  • Willingness to commit 100% (full) time and effort to the PhD

  • Previous publications related to the research themes of the project will be an added advantage

  • Knowledge and skills relevant to the PhD topic (e.g. experience in malaria research or related fields, pharmacovigilance, pharmacoepidemiology)

  • Personal motivation of the candidates as demonstrated by their motivation letter and
    responses during the interview

  • A candidate already registered for a PhD or holding another fellowship will only be
    considered if they are willing to drop their current commitments.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; KEMRI Call for a PhD Candidate Jobs in Kenya

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