Post-doctoral researcher, Tobacco/HIV/TB epidemiology and modelling

Company AHRI
Published 18/12/2020
Contract Type Contract
24 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and independent post-doctoral researcher to be based at AHRI’s Somkhele Research Campuses. AHRI is a multi-disciplinary, independent health research institute based in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AHRI’s mission is transdisciplinary scientific research to understand and intervene in the health and well-being of under-resourced South African communities.
Job Functions Academic,Clinical,Laboratory Work,Other Research Development, Science and Scientific Research,Publication,Research,Science
Industries Research,Science & Technology

This position is funded through a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health of the USA. The focus of this research is the clinical and economic outcomes of tobacco use and cessation, HIV, and TB. The project builds on the Vukuzazi study which enrolled over 18,000 participants between 2018 and 2020 and involves: 1) a survey of tobacco use among Vukuzai participants; 2) simulation modelling and cost-effectiveness analysis to project the clinical and economic outcomes of tobacco use and the cost-effectiveness of integrating tobacco treatment into HIV and TB programs. The project is a collaboration between researchers at AHRI and at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the USA. The collaborative group has a strong record of HIV, TB, and tobacco science, modelling and cost-effectiveness studies that have informed clinical practice and public health policy in many countries, including South Africa. More information about the collaborative partners can be found here: https://www.ahri.org/ahri-launches-ground-breaking-new-research-programme/ and https://mpec.massgeneral.org.

This post-doctoral position offers the opportunity to use methods in clinical epidemiology, simulation modelling, and cost-effectiveness analysis to study the intersection of tobacco, HIV, and TB. Supervision will be provided by epidemiologic researchers based at AHRI in South Africa and by modelling researchers based in the USA. There will be opportunities for travel to Boston, Massachusetts, USA, for additional training in simulation modelling and cost-effectiveness analysis.

The position is for 24 months, with the opportunity for extension.


oPhD in a relevant subject (e.g., epidemiology, health economics, decision science, operations research)
oApplicants on a clinician-scientist who have a MBChB with MMed/MSc and wish to pursue a PhD degree may be eligible
oSolid background in public health
oExperience with data analysis such as Stata, R or equivalent
oAbility to prepare results for publication and draft own manuscripts
oAbility to contribute to experimental design working collaboratively with other members of the team
oProven track record of publishing papers in international peer-reviewed journals
oExcellent written and oral communication skills
oGood interpersonal skills and team orientated
Job Closing Date 31/01/2021
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