Post-Doc and PhD positions available at the Afrocentric Precision Approach to Control Health Epidemics Flagship Project of UKZN

UKZN Flagship - 2019-01-08

We invite applications from ambitious Post-Docs (x10) and PhD (x10) students, to undertake research in a Flagship programme of UKZN in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In this Flagship, leading investigators from different disciplines come together to develop cutting-edge research ideas on precision medicine, precision public health and translational science.

The Flagship project is entitled ‘Afrocentric Precision Approach to Control Health Epidemics’. The Flagship project will contribute to the change of medical care and public health interventions in South Africa. Our transdisciplinary team will focus on addressing communicable and non-communicable diseases that affect the South African population.

The process of creating this application mirrored the vision of UKZN, which is to create synergies across groups in order to increase the impact and breadth of scientific research at our University. We took this vision to heart and as suggested by the evaluation team and the Pro-Vice Chancellors of UKZN, this Flagship unifies the following applications from phase I. Each of sub-projects will have 2 Post-Docs and 2 PhDs funded by the Flagship, who will work together as a trans-disciplinary team to produce high-level science and capacitate the next generation of scientists in Africa:

1. The UKZN Precision Health Initiative. PI: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira

- Post-doctoral Fellowship available - Precision Public Health, Durban, South Africa

- Post-doctoral Fellowship available - Precision Medicine, Durban, South Africa

- PhD (x2) Scholarships available - Precision Medicine and Public Health, Durban, South Africa

2. Novel Pathogen and Host Biomarker Discovery for the development of vaccines and rapid diagnostics for Tuberculosis. PI: Prof. Manormoney Pillay

- Post-Doc (x2) & PhD (x2) to be advertised

3. Accelerated Development of Afrocentric Cancer Therapies. PI: Dr Clinton Veale

- Post-Doc (x2) & PhD (x2) to be advertised

4. Establishment of a Centre for Health Law & Ethics. PI: Dr Donrich W Thaldar

- Post-Doc (x2) & PhD (x2) to be advertised

5. The UKZN Zebrafish Research Platform. PI: Prof. Carola Niesler

- Post-Doc (x2) & PhD (x2) Scholarships available - Establishment of Zebrafish Models for Human Disease and Toxicology, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

More information on this ambitious Flagship program of UKZN:

Pro-vice chancellors of UKZN

UKZN Turns Up the Heat on Research Through Research Flagships Launch: Pictured from left (back row) is Professor Deresh Ramjugernath, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research; Professor Albert Van Jaarsveld, Vice-Chancellor and Principal and Professor Salim Abdool Karim, Director: CAPRISA. Seen on the front row from left is Professor Rob Slotow, African City of the Future Pro Vice-Chancellor; Professor Relebohile Moletsane, Social Cohesion Pro Vice-Chancellor; Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, African Health Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor Francesco Petruccione, Big Data and Informatics Pro Vice-Chancellor.