1. Seeking for enthusiastic and committed graduate students on the BuruliNox project

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) is seeking to recruit enthusiastic and committed graduate students on the BuruliNox project. The post is funded by The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) grant and seeks to evaluate the use nitric oxide generating dressing (EDX) to improve management of Buruli ulcer disease.

  • Three (3) PhD student positions
  • Two (2) masters student positions

PhD Student Position

Main Responsibilities/Activities
  • To support the research team by contributing to the implementation of the BuruliNox project and undertaking prescribed research tasks in accordance with the research project by making use of standard research techniques and methods. These may include fieldwork, interviews, laboratory experimentation, computer-based data analysis and library research as directed by the PI and Coordinator.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Analysing and interpreting results of own research, under the supervision of PI and Coordinator; writing up results towards the preparation of manuscripts for submission to appropriate journals and conferences, and other outputs as required and/or appropriate.
  • Carrying out routine administrative tasks associated with the project. This will entail planning their own day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines and implementing procedures required to ensure accurate and timely formal reporting and financial control.
  • Produce a PhD thesis within four (4) years according to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, KNUST.
Qualifications/Person Specifications

The Post holders should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • Masters degree in Microbiology/Molecular Biology/Biomedical Science/Public health or equivalent (E)
  • Experience of working with clinical samples (E)
  • Ability to analyse data (E)
  • Ability to work independently (E)
  • Very good organisational skills (E)
  • Must be a team player and have good interpersonal working relationship (D)

Masters Student Position

Main Responsibilities/Activities
  • To support the team of researchers in the execution of BuruliNox project activities by undertaking assigned tasks in accordance with the project’s protocol.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Assisting the PhD students in the identification of patients and contacts during screening, recruitment and follow ups
  • Assisting the research team in the taking, mobilizing and transporting of samples from the field to KCCR for processing
  • Assisting the PhD students and research team in processing, analysing and interpreting results under the supervision of PI and Coordinator
  • Planning own day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, in consultation with the PI and projects coordinator dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
  • Produce a Master’s thesis within two (2) years according to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, KNUST.
Qualifications/Person Specifications

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences/Biochemistry/Medical Laboratory Technology or equivalent (E)
  • Completed mandatory national service (E)
  • Basic laboratory experience (E)
  • Some knowledge in statistical analysis of clinical data (D)
  • Must be a team player and have good interpersonal working relationship (E)
  • Must be able to work under pressure (E)
  • Ability to work for longer hours (E)

Mode of Application

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de

Closing Date: 20th July 2018. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact Prof. Richard Phillips (phillips@kccr.de) and Dr Michael Frimpong (frimpong@kccr.de)

2. Seeking for hardworking, enthusiastic and committed staff to occupy positions on the MAP-TB project

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the Institute of Medical Microbiology Immunology and Parasitology, Bonn, Germany and Department of General Paediatrics and Neonatology, University Children’s Hospital, Duesseldorf, Germany is seeking to recruit hardworking, enthusiastic and committed staff to occupy the under-listed positions on the MAP-TB project. The project is funded by German-African Cooperation Project in Infectology (DFG) and seeks to investigate the effect of Mansonella perstans on BCG vaccine-induced protection against M. tuberculosis and tuberculosis disease severity and recovery.

  1. Postdoctoral Fellow Research Position
  2. Doctoral (PhD) Student Position
  3. Masters (MPhil) Student Position
  4. Research Assistant Position

Postdoctoral Fellow Research Position

Main Responsibilities/Activities
  • To lead the execution of the project activities by undertaking research tasks in accordance with the project’s protocol by making use of standard research techniques and methods. These may include fieldwork, interviews, laboratory experimentation, computer-based data analysis and library research as directed by the PI and Coordinator as well as training of other staff on project activities.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Developing standard operation procedures (SOPs) required for the execution of the project.
  • Liaising with staff both on the field and from KCCR to collect samples and ensure that the samples have been worked on according to the SOPs generated.
  • Analysing and interpreting results of own research, under the supervision of PI and Coordinator; writing up results towards the preparation of manuscripts for submission to appropriate journals and conferences, and other outputs as required and/or appropriate.
  • Carrying out routine administrative tasks associated with the project. This will entail planning own day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines and implementing procedures required to ensure accurate and timely formal reporting and financial control.
Qualifications/Person Specifications

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • PhD in Clinical Microbiology/Immunology/ Biomedical Science or equivalent (E)
  • Experience with community and clinical research (E)
  • Statistical skills with experience in analysing clinical date (E)
  • Strong project management and organisational skills (E)
  • Ability to deliver high quality work according to agreed timelines (E)
  • Ability to work independently (E)
  • Ability to work under pressure (E)
  • Ability to work for longer hours (E)

Doctoral (PhD) Student Position

Main Responsibilities/Activities
  • To support the team of researchers in the execution of MAP-TB project activities by undertaking assigned tasks in accordance with the project’s protocol by making use of standard research techniques and methods. These may include fieldwork, laboratory experimentation, computer-based data analysis and library research as directed by the PI.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Assisting in the development of standard operation procedures (SOPs) required for the execution of the project
  • Organising field and laboratory activities in consultation with the Postdoctoral fellow and the projects coordinator in accordance with SOPs generated.
  • Analysing and interpreting results of own research, under the supervision of PI and Coordinator; writing up results towards the preparation of manuscripts for submission to appropriate journals and conferences, and other outputs as required and/or appropriate.
  • Planning own day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, in consultation with the Postdoctoral fellow and projects coordinator dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
Qualifications/Person Specifications

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable):

  • Masters in Clinical Microbiology/Immunology/ Medical Laboratory Technology, Biological Sciences/ Biomedical Science or equivalent (E)
  • Experience of working with clinical samples (E)
    Experienced in statistical analysis of clinical data (E)
  • Team player with good interpersonal working relationship (D)
  • Ability to work under pressure (E)
  • Ability to work for longer hours (E)

Masters (MPhil) Student position

Main Responsibilities/Activities
  • To support the team of researchers in the execution of MAP-TB project activities by undertaking assigned tasks in accordance with the project’s protocol by making use of standard research techniques and methods. These may include fieldwork, laboratory experimentation, computer-based data analysis and library research as directed by the PI.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Organising field and laboratory activities in consultation with the Postdoctoral fellow and the projects coordinator in accordance with SOPs generated.
  • Analysing and interpreting results of own research, under the supervision of PI and Coordinator; writing up results towards the preparation of manuscripts for submission to appropriate journals and conferences, and other outputs as required and/or appropriate.
  • Planning own day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, in consultation with the Postdoctoral fellow and projects coordinator dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
Qualifications/Person Specifications

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences/Biochemistry/Medical Laboratory Technology or equivalent (E)
  • Basic laboratory experience and general knowledge in Good Laboratory Practice (E)
  • Experienced in statistical analysis of clinical data (E)
  • Team player with good interpersonal working relationship (D)
  • Ability to work under pressure (E)
  • Ability to work for longer hours (E)

Research Assistant position

Main Responsibilities/Activities
  • To support the team of researchers in the execution of MAP-TB project activities by undertaking assigned tasks in accordance with the project’s protocol.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Assisting the Postdoctoral fellow in the identification of patients and contacts during screening, recruitment and follow ups
  • Assisting the Postdoctoral fellow in the taking, mobilizing and transporting of samples from the field to KCCR for processing
  • Assisting the Postdoctoral fellow in processing, analysing and interpreting results under the supervision of PI and Coordinator
  • Collaborating with the Postdoctoral fellow in the planning of day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, in consultation with the Projects Coordinator dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
Qualifications/Person Specifications

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences/Biochemistry/Medical Laboratory Technology or equivalent (E)
  • Basic laboratory experience (E)
  • Some knowledge in statistical analysis of clinical data (D)
  • Must be a team player and have good interpersonal working relationship (E)
  • Must be able to work under pressure (E)
  • Ability to work for longer hours (E)

Mode of Application

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de

Closing Date: 20th July 2018. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact Prof. Richard Phillips (phillips@kccr.de) or Dr. (Mrs.) Linda B. Debrah (lbdebrah.chs@knust.edu.gh or bastsa.debrah@kccr.de)

3. Seeking for an enthusiastic and committed PhD student on the PANDORA-ID-NET project

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the Institute of Virology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and committed PhD student on the PANDORA-ID-NET project. The post is funded by The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) grant and seeks to investigate the influence of diagnostics of specific viral etiological agents of encephalitis on outcome of disease.

Main Responsibilities/Activities
  • To support the research team by contributing to the implementation of the PANDORA-ID NET project and undertaking prescribed research tasks in accordance with the research project by making use of standard research techniques and methods. These may include fieldwork, interviews, laboratory experimentation, computer-based data analysis and library research as directed by the PI and Coordinator.

Activities include but not limited to:

  • Analysing and interpreting results of own research, under the supervision of PI and Coordinator; writing up results towards the preparation of manuscripts for submission to appropriate journals and conferences, and other outputs as required and/or appropriate.
  • Carrying out routine administrative tasks associated with the project. This will entail planning own day-to-day research activity/ies within the framework of the agreed programme, dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines and implementing procedures required to ensure accurate and timely formal reporting and financial control.
  • Produce a PhD thesis within four (4) years according to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, KNUST.
Qualifications/Person Specifications

The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)

  • Masters degree in Microbiology/Molecular Biology/Biomedical Science or equivalent (E)
  • Experience of working with clinical samples (E)
  • Ability to analyse data (E)
  • Ability to work independently (E)
  • Very good organisational skills (E)
  • Must be a team player and have good interpersonal working relationship (D) 

Mode of Application

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi, including their CV, a motivation letter, copies of certificates and two reference letters and email them to: info@kccr.de

Closing Date: 20th July 2018. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact: Prof Richard Phillips (phillips@kccr.de) or Dr Augustina Sylverken (annan@kccr.de) or (asylverken@knust.edu.gh).