KEMRI Wellcome Trust Kenya Jobs - Mid Career Fellow Vacancies

KEMRI Wellcome Trust Kenya Jobs - Mid Career Fellow Vacancies

Reference Number: MCF210219
Employment Type:
  • Full time
  • Clinical Healthcare and Research
    Job Grade: 10.01
  • Kenya
  • Kilifi

    Job Purpose:

    The post-holder will lead a programme of research within the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Impact Study (PCVIS).

    This is a longitudinal study, funded by Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, to determine the long-term impact of the PCV programme in Kenya and guide vaccine policy in consultation with the Kenya National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (KENITAG) and the National Vaccines and Immunization Program within the Ministry of Health.

    The post holder will be expected to contribute to the further development of the research programme (including development of their own proposals), scientific leadership, and collaborate with local, national and international partners.

    The ideal post holder will have experience in epidemiology and infectious diseases and working in resource-poor settings.

    Job Dimensions:

    The post holder will be expected to maintain the PCVIS surveillance programme and to contribute further to the development of the PCVIS research agenda by developing new ideas for optimizing interventions for the control of pneumococcal disease.

    The post-holder will work full-time at the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi. He/she will be responsible to the Principal Investigator (PI) of PCVIS, and will work closely with other project specific staff (Project Manager, Microbiologist) to ensure smooth running of key epidemiological components of the project.

    The core project is a before-after study of invasive pneumococcal disease embedded within the demographic surveillance system, with specific analyses for indirect vaccine protection and “serotype replacement disease”.

    The post-holder will assist the PI running the core study but will also oversee additional surveillance activities (e.g. for radiologically-confirmed pneumonia) depending on prior experience.

    The PCVIS research programme is multi-faceted and the post-holder will be expected to take on one or more specific objectives personally, depending on his/her prior experience and technical skills.

    In particular, a candidate with appropriate experience will be expected to design and execute a pragmatic trial of a change in the PCV schedule with herd protection as the target outcome.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • To manage and conduct a programme of research and scholarship, including taking a leading role in the further development of the PCVIS research programme.
  • To independently identify research objectives and to write and submit research proposals for external funding.
  • To disseminate the outcomes of the research, including publishing peer-reviewed academic journal articles of international standing.
  • To lead and manage study teams comprising operational staff and researchers.
  • To ensure compliance of self, others and research studies with good research conduct, ethics and regulatory processes and other relevant policies.
  • To initiate and develop collaborative linkages with local, national and international researchers and research groups
  • To teach, develop teaching materials, conduct assessments and contribute to the development
    of the educational curriculum within the Department and Programme.
  • To supervise post-graduate research students as supervisor or co-supervisor, and to mentor and assist students and early-stage researchers in the research group.
  • To take responsibility for, manage and conduct administrative and management tasks associated with the research programme and in collaboration with Department and Programme operational teams.
  • To engage in appropriate training and professional development, including keeping up-to-date with the latest research/thinking in own academic field.
  • To participate fully in the wider research and academic activities of the Department and Programme
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

  • A PhD in epidemiology, infectious diseases, public health or related field.

    Skills and Competencies:
  • Experience and substantial technical skills conducting independent epidemiological or clinical research
  • Successful record of research grant applications.
  • High quality peer reviewed publications in the field of infectious disease research and/or maternal/child health.
  • Experience coordinating, teaching and training a team, with evidence of good leadership, organizational, administrative and computer skills, including statistical packages.
  • Presentation experience nationally or internationally.

    For clinical applicants:

  • Medical qualification and post-graduate qualification in a relevant field.
  • Medical registration in Kenya, or eligibility to apply.


    For clinical applicants:

  • Clinical experience in the relevant field in a resource-poor setting as specialty registrar or consultant.

    How to Apply
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  • All applicants are required to state their current/last salary.
  • Candidates must supply an email and telephone contact that will be used when offering interviews.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Shortlisted candidates shall be required to produce Originals of their National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates, original transcripts and testimonials, detailed curriculum vitae and valid clearance certificate (certificate of good conduct) during the interviews.
  • The application closing date is 14th March, 2019.
  • KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Direct or indirect canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • KWTRP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).
  • For more information and job application details, see; KEMRI Wellcome Trust Kenya Jobs - Mid Career Fellow Vacancies

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