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Postdoctoral (Call for Postdoctoral Postions)

Job Overview

  • Research
  • Full Time
  • Not Defined
  • Addis Ababa
  • Senior-Level-Experienced
  • Jul 11, 2019

Job Description


Call for Postdoctoral Postions

The Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) was founded in 1970 through the initiative of the Norwegian and Swedish Save the Children organizations seconded by the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. The Institute got its name from the Norwegian physician, Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen, who first described the leprosy bacillus (Mycobacterium leprae). AHRI is a biomedical research institute that works in developing tools for prevention, control and treatment of mycobacterium and other diseases of public healthy importance through applied and basic biomedical research and training. 

The Mycobacterial Diseases Research Directorate of the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has 3 postdoctoral positions available for eligible and competent researchers who will take part in a TB research project (TBGEN Africa).

TBGEN Africa is a multi-country consortium project funded by the African Academy of Sciences that investigates the genetic determinants of mycobacterial disease in different geographical areas in Africa. The project will enroll newly diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis patients upon informed consent and isolate the responsible strain of mycobacterium from their sputum. At the same time, blood samples will be collected from the patients.  Whole genome sequences of both the patient and the TB isolate will be compared across the different populations to identify patterns that are associated with disease. The information obtained is expected to lead to new knowledge on co-evolution and TB pathogenesis critical for development of new strategies in TB control.

Job Requirements

1.  Postdoctoral positions in Microbiology (TB)

The postdoctoral scientist will be responsible to lead the bacteriology work in the TB laboratory including phenotypic and genotypic characterization of mycobacterial isolates.

Qualification: PhD in Biomedical sciences with excellent experience in TB lab

 2. Postdoctoral position in TB immunology

The postdoctoral scientist will be responsible to lead the immunology arm of the project with the aim of characterizing the host-pathogen interaction using advanced technologies.

Qualification: PhD in Biomedical sciences with excellent experience in TB immunology

3.  Postdoctoral position in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI)

The postdoctoral scientist will be responsible to lead community-based activities aiming to assess and analyse the Ethical, Legal and Social Implicationsof genetic research in the community.

Qualification: PhD in Sociology, Anthropology and related Social and Behavioral Sciences

All postdoctoral scientists are responsible to build a team, develop relevant research questions in line with the objectives of the TBGEN project, supervise students and generate relevant data and scientific publications.


This is a 3 year post, subject to annual contract renewal

Value of Fellowship

The salary and research costs will be covered by the project.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be Ethiopian nationals with a PhD degree in the aforementioned fields.

How To Apply

Application is completed through submission of the following documents via zionjob or in person at the Human Resource Directorate, Armauer Hansen Research Institute.

·         CV

·         Covering letter

·         One copy of their BSc, MSc and PhD transcripts and degrees

·         Two recommendation letters from immediate supervisors 

Application Closing date: June 20, 2019

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