POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN GLOBAL HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY
The Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell Medicine invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in Tanzania offering unique opportunities to participate in global health epidemiology research at the junction of HIV and cardiometabolic disease epidemiology and health systems research. The fellow will be based in Mwanza city, NW Tanzania at the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU), a Unit formed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Tanzanian National Institute for Medical Research. The fellow will benefit from “in the field” opportunities to learn critical skills for how to conduct studies in international settings. They will participate in scientific activities at MITU including study design and implementation, data analyses, manuscript preparation, dissemination, and development of proposals. Fellows will also have opportunities for collaboration with other investigators conducting research in East Africa. The fellow will also gain experience in training and mentoring pre-doctoral and medical/undergraduate students.
The Center for Global Health has leading research programs in the clinical epidemiology of HIV, tuberculosis and cardiometabolic diseases in Tanzania, Haiti, India and Brazil. The Center’s mission is to address health problems that transcend national boundaries through service, research and training. For the past 15 years, the Center for Global Health has collaborated with MITU, Bugando Hospital and Weill Bugando School of Medicine, which are all located in Mwanza, Tanzania. Bugando Hospital is the leading referral hospital for western Tanzania. The Weill Bugando School of Medicine offers undergraduate, masters and PhD programs in medicine, public health and clinical epidemiology. MITU is a leading research center with a mission to contribute to improving health through the development and evaluation of interventions against HIV and other chronic diseases, improve health service delivery and mitigate the impact of health problems. The fellow will have opportunities to participate in research and teaching at all 3 sites.
The post-doctoral fellow will work on 2 NIH-supported research studies. The first, “Reducing Post-Hospital Mortality in HIV-infected Adults in Tanzania” is a randomized clinical trial of a social worker intervention designed to increase survival after hospital discharge in HIV-infected adults. Enrollment for this trial is ongoing. The second, “Hypertension in HIV-infected and uninfected adults in Tanzania” is a cohort study of 500 HIV-infected and 500 HIV-negative adults. This study is designed to uncover unique predictors of hypertension and cardiometabolic disease in the context of HIV. Enrollment of this cohort is complete and follow-up is ongoing.
Project Personnel are linked below: Robert Peck (PI, Weill Cornell Medicine) Saidi Kapiga (PI, MITU) Dan Fitzgerald (Co-I, Weill Cornell Medicine) Heiner Grosskurth (Co-I, MITU) Myung Hee Lee (Co-I, Weill Cornell Medicine)
Drs. Peck and Kapiga are based in Tanzania and will meet in person with the fellow weekly to create an individual development plan, review progress, troubleshoot challenges, and workshop analysis and writing.
These are unique opportunities that could launch the career of a junior investigator with a passion for global health. Our Center has an established track record of success in helping junior investigators to obtain faculty positions or first NIH awards. The successful candidates will be expected to lead 4-6 manuscripts over 2 years. They will also lead abstract submissions. If these abstracts are accepted, funds for traveling to 1-2 conferences will be provided. Benefits will be provided through Weill Cornell Medicine. Costs for travel to and from the US will be covered in additional to one round trip to the US per year for vacation. Our team will also assist fellows in finding quality housing in Tanzania at a low cost.
This 2-year position will begin on, or about July 1, 2020. Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in Epidemiology or a related field. Applications are open to candidates with US citizenship or a visa to work in the US. To apply, please send a letter describing research interests, curriculum vita, copies of one or two recent publications, if applicable, and contact information for three individuals who are familiar with your academic accomplishments to Robert Peck at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Post-doc Fellow in Global Health” in the subject line.