Opportunities & Vacancies

PhD Student (m/f/d)

The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (www.bnitm.de) is the largest Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Germany and is the National Reference Centre for Tropical Pathogens, a WHO Collaborating Centre and member of the Leibniz Research Association.

For the DZIF- and DFG-funded project ‘Epigenetic regulation of antigenic variation in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum’, the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) in Hamburg is looking for a highly motivated

PhD Student (m/f/d)

to investigate

virulence gene expression in volunteers experimentally infected with malaria

Description of the project:

Controlled human malaria infections (CHMI) are a great tool to study parasites gene expression in vivo under defined settings, e.g., variables such as host immunity and infection time can be monitored or even controlled. Our previous results indicate that at some point during transmission from the mosquito to the human host, the expression of virulence-associated genes is reset, so that a phenotypically diverse population of parasites can emerge from the liver into the blood (Bachmann et al. PLoS Pathogens, 2016 & 2019). This strategy allows an optimal and rapid adaptation to a new host environment. How this resetting is achieved on a molecular level is currently not known, but is proposed to be studied in this multidisciplinary project. The overall goal is (i) to determine parasite in vivo transcriptomes on a genome-wide scale and (ii) to identify regulatory mechanisms used by the parasite to reset its virulence gene expression program during transmission. In close interaction with institute internal and external malaria research groups, the successful candidate will receive a comprehensive training in molecular and cell biology, ranging from the generation of transgenic cell lines to next-generation sequencing including some basic bioinformatics.

Your Profile:

  • diploma/master degree or equivalent in life sciences
  • background in molecular and cellular biology
  • interest in parasitology and basic bioinformatics
  • excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • proficiency in English (written and spoken)
  • able to work independently and to develop creative work

Our benefits:

  • an interesting and challenging job in a modern research institution
  • integration into an open-minded and motivated team
  • a highly collaborative research team
  • chance to present the project at national and international conferences
  • a structured training program for PhD students (BNITM graduate school)
  • a central location at the Landungsbrücken, which is easily accessible by public transport
  • 30 days holidays per year
  • flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • childcare allowance
  • subsidy for HVV-ProfiTicket
  • company pension scheme
  • opportunities for further education and training
  • special conditions in selected sports and fitness clubs in Hamburg

Starting date will be beginning of March 2021 or later. The position is initially limited to 3 years and is remunerated with 65% E 13 TV-AVH according to the rules of the public service under the TV-AVH (collective agreement of the “Arbeitsrechtliche Vereinigung Hamburg“).

We support our employees in achieving a work-life balance and promote the professional equality of women and men. We strive to assist women in their scientific career, increase the number of women in research and reduce under-representation in all areas and positions in general. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference when equally qualified.

Please apply by 15th of January 2021 preferably via our online form: https://jobs.bnitm.de/PhD-Student-mfd-Malaria-eng-f113.html with the documents required: motivation letter, CV, high school and university certificates and the name and contact information of two references.

Alternatively, you can submit your application referring to “PhD_Malaria" via postal mail to: Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, Ms. Katja Bünger, HR Department, Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 74, 20359 Hamburg, Germany.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the selection procedure, please contact Ms Katja Bünger (buenger@bnitm.de) from the Human Resources Department. For further questions please contact Dr. Anna Bachmann (bachmann@bnitm.de, Tel. +49 (0) 40 42818-439).

Fieldworker

     

VACANCY NOTICE

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Group at KCCR is looking for a Fieldworker.

 

The goal of the research group is to investigate diseases causing fevers in new-born and young children in order to provide guidance to reduce the burden of these diseases in Ghana and beyond. For more information, visit our webpage: https://kccr-ghana.org/research-impact/research-groups-projects/paediatric-fevers/.

 

The post-holder should always maintain a good relationship with hospital and research staff by communicating in a professional and courteous manner.

 

Main Responsibilities/Activities

·         Maintain a good relationship with the study participants, their family members, and communities and respect the confidentiality of all study participants

·         Be familiar with all study protocols, standard operating procedures (SOP), study specific procedures and study forms

·         Perform daily duties in a timely manner, which includes:

       Administer informed consent according to the guidance of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

       Administer questionnaires

       Collect clinical data through the Case Report Forms

       Collect anthropometry measurement (weight, height, temperature, and other recordings)

       Collect, process, and store specimen (blood, urine, stool, swab) according to the SOP

·         Perform diagnostic tests (Rapid Diagnostic Tests, hematology and biochemistry tests)

·         Be accountable for the accuracy of the data collected, results obtained and the integrity of the samples collected

·         Organize daily duties and perform follow-up visit in the community (at the household or children welfare clinic) in a timely manner by:

       Completing checklists and other information sheets as required

       Requesting and ensuring the availability of adequate consumables, reagents, forms and by keeping up-to-date inventory lists

       Maintaining all study-related devices functional and ready to be used.

       Participating in daily reviews to report on-field activities performed and to plan the activities of the following days

·         Initiate corrective action as soon as any deficiency is identified

·         Be available to perform on-call duties in accordance with the requirements of the study, including participating in training activities in accordance with his/her experience

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

 

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

  • HND in Medical Laboratory Technology (E)
  • Health assistant certificate (E)
  • SSCE/WASSCE (E)
  • Good social and communication skills (E)
  • Experience in community healthcare volunteering and/or child health welfare (E)
  • Accurate, clear, and organized record-keeping skills (E)
  • Planning skills (E)
  • Willingness to learn new methodologies and perform as part of a team (E)
  • Adherence to confidentiality requirements (E)
  • Familiar with the Assin North Municipal area (D)
  • Knowledge in Good Clinical Practice and Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (D)
  • Competence in basic laboratory techniques (D)
  • Computer literacy, particularly with respect to Word Processing and use of Microsoft EXCEL (D)
  • Initiative and decision-making abilities (D)
  • Phlebotomy skills (D)
  • Able to ride a motorcycle (D)

 The contract will be for a period of 12 months (renewable).

 Expected starting date: 4th January 2021.

 

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 copy to j.marfo@kccr.de

 Closing Date: 20th December 2020. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact Dr Joseph Marfo Boaheng (j.marfo@kccr.de).

Driver

VACANCY NOTICE

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Group at KCCR is looking for a Driver.

The goal of the research group is to investigate diseases causing fevers in new-born and young children in order to provide guidance to reduce the burden of these diseases in Ghana and beyond. For more information, visit our webpage: https://kccr-ghana.org/research-impact/research-groups-projects/paediatric-fevers/.

 

The post-holder should always maintain a good relationship with hospital and research staff by communicating in a professional and courteous manner.

 

Main Responsibilities/Activities

·         Transport project staff as well as materials for project activities

·         Assist in the execution of project activities under the instruction of the PI and coordinators

·         Transport specimen in the appropriate condition and in a timely manner

·         Maintain the project vehicle in good condition and respect the servicing schedule

·         Complete the vehicle roster per KCCR rules

·         Maintain a good relationship with the study participants, their family members and communities and respect confidentiality of the study participants

·         Participate in daily review of field activities by reporting on activities performed and plan next activities

·         Initiate corrective action as soon as deficiency is identified

·         Be available to perform on-call duties in accordance with the requirements of the studies

 

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

  • The Post holder should have the following: (E = Essential; D = Desirable)
  • Valid driver’s licence with driving experience of at least 5 years (E)
  • Fluent/Good knowledge/Basics in English (write and Speak) and in Twi (E)
  • Good knowledge of Assinfosu (Central region) and surrounding areas (E)
  • Mechanic and/or auto electrician (D)

The contract will be for a period of 12 months (renewable).

Expected starting date: 4th January 2021.

 

MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should send their applications addressed to The Head of Administration, KCCR, KNUST, Kumasi including their CV including 2 referees and email them to: info@kccr.de copy to j.marfo@kccr.de

 

Closing Date: 20th December 2020. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact Dr Joseph Marfo Boaheng (j.marfo@kccr.de).

Data Entry Clerk

VACANCY NOTICE

The management of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Medicine (KCCR) together with the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research Group at KCCR is looking for a Data Entry Clerk.

 

The goal of the research group is to investigate diseases causing fevers in new-born and young children in order to provide guidance to reduce the burden of these diseases in Ghana and beyond. For more information, visit our webpage: https://kccr-ghana.org/research-impact/research-groups-projects/paediatric-fevers/.

 

The post-holder should always maintain a good relationship with hospital and research staff by communicating in a professional and courteous manner.

 

Main Responsibilities/Activities

      Insert study participant data by inputting text based and numerical information from source documents within time limits

·         Review data for deficiencies or errors, correct any incompatibilities if possible and check output

·         Research and obtain further information for incomplete documents

·         Apply data program techniques and procedures to respond to queries for information and access relevant files

·         Comply with data integrity and security policies and keep information confidential

·         Collect eforms on smart forms from fieldworkers/Midwives/Study nurse/Investigators, ensure that data has been correctly saved on the server, and ensure that the tablet is fully charged for next use.

·         Scan documents and print files

·         Ensure proper use of office equipment and address any malfunctions to the data manager

·         Generate reports, store completed work in designated locations and perform backup operations

·         Participate in daily review of activities by reporting on activities performed and plan next activities

·         Be available to perform related duties in accordance with the requirements of the studies

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS/PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

 

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

·         Any post-SSCE certification/diploma/degree with at least 1 year of experience (E)

·         Computer training or certification (E)

·         Computer literacy and a knowledge of relevant software packages (E)

·         Proficient typing and numeric key entry skills (E)

·         Excellent knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets (MS Office Word, Excel etc.) (E)

·         Good communication skills, both written and verbal (E)

·         Good vision and ability to remain focussed for long periods of time (E)

·         Knowledge in data entry screen design (D)

 

The contract will be for a period of 12 months (renewable).

 

Expected starting date: 4th January 2021

 

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 copy to j.marfo@kccr.de

 

Closing Date: 20th December 2020. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. For further information on the position, please contact Dr Joseph Marfo Boaheng (j.marfo@kccr.de).