We are looking for a new team member to work with our group until the end of this year (2021), starting asap. A prolongation of funding is a possibility and we are also excited to work together with candidates to develop applications for additional funding opportunities to prolong your stay with our group (e.g., DFG Eigene Stelle, Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers, Marie Curie Fellowships). Details below, but If you have questions, please get in touch.
The ANDEMIA project (www.andemia.org) represents a transnational strategy to research and combat acute respiratory tract and gastrointestinal infections, acute febrile disease of unknown cause and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in sub-Saharan Africa. ANDEMIA established a sentinel surveillance system, through which relevant data are gathered from not only urban, but also remote and rural sentinel clinics within the African partner countries Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa. We require further support for the implementation of diverse laboratory methods, data analysis, statistical and/or epidemiological support of African PhD students, and eventually publication of study outcomes.
• Graduate level degree (at least a Master's) in medicine, veterinary medicine, biology or comparable discipline • Very good knowledge of serological and molecular diagnostics, experience with high throughput sequencing is a plus • At least several years of experience working in a microbiological laboratory • Relevant work experience in developing countries, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa, including readiness to spend around 50% of working time there • Knowledge of molecular biological data analysis (e.g. phylogenetic data analysis), and statistical analysis; basic knowledge in epidemiology • Spoken and written language requirements (CEFR Level): English, at least C1 (Proficient user) and French, at least B1 (Independent user) required; German, at least A2 (Basic user) desired • A readiness to travel in African countries is required for this project
Tasks and responsibilities
• Support of African partner labs in the implementation of new laboratory methods (molecular biology, serology) for the investigation of acute gastrointestinal, respiratory and febrile illness
• Training African study staff in respective methodologies
• Statistical and/or epidemiological support of African PhD students
• Data analysis and preparation of scientific manuscripts
• Cooperation with an international, interdisciplinary team