Junior Epidemiologist

Posted to IASSIST on: 2012-08-03

Employer: The Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies

Employer URL: http://africacentre.ac.za


The Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies is a joint initiative of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the South African Medical Research Council, with support from the Wellcome Trust and other funders, to create a global centre of research excellence in a rural area. The Centre’s mission is to conduct, in partnership with the community, policy-relevant health and population research in an ethical manner, and to enhance the capacity of the people of sub-Saharan Africa to conduct research.

The Centre is located in the rural Umkhanyakude District of KwaZulu-Natal. It hosts a number of clinical and social research projects, including Africa’s most comprehensive Demographic Surveillance System, which monitors longitudinal vital events in a population of 90 000 and provides a rich base for health and social science research. Employees of the Africa Centre are encouraged to gain a broad experience across all studies in order to develop their own skills and advance their careers.

The Africa Centre wishes to recruit the following:


The successful candidate’s main responsibilities will be to ensure academic output from the HIV and Health surveillance, in the form of papers and reports, to describe the trends in main variables, including prevalence, incidence, health indicators and sexual partnerships, and to oversee the HIV surveillance, working closely with the HIV data quality lead and the Database Scientist.

  • A Master’s Degree in Epidemiology or a related field
  • 1-2 years’ prior research and/or operational experience
  • Record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals as first author
  • Understanding of HIV epidemiology
  • Knowledge of study design and statistical methodology
  • Knowledge of use of standard statistical packages – STATA, SAS
  • The ability to work with large complex datasets
  • The ability to conduct standard statistical analyses of datasets and regression analyses
  • The ability to mentor junior staff and students
  • Good writing skills in English
  • The ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team • Modelling ability would be an advantage
  • The ability to speak Zulu would be an added advantage.

Archived on: 2012-08-31