Position Announcement: Postdoc in Malawi

Department: School of Medicine/Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID)

Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Malawi

The IGHID seeks a 2-year postdoctoral fellow to live and work full-time in Malawi for the UNC Project research, care and training center in Lilongwe, Malawi. This position will act as the point person in support of a newly founded UNC Project-Malawi Analysis and Manuscript-Writing Unit. The unit will be composed of two Malawians trained in data management and analysis, the postdoc and the postdoc’s supervisors. The postdoc will be supervised on site by Mina Hosseinipour MD, MPH (UNC Project-Malawi Clinical Director) and in Chapel Hill by Michael Hudgens, PhD (Biostatistics), Bill Miller MD, PhD, MPH (Epidemiology) and Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH (UNC Project-Malawi International Director). The overall goal of the unit is to bring manuscripts to publication and increase the number of Malawian first authors compared to past performance.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Prioritize existing data
  • Prepare existing data for analysis
  • Analyze data and generate statistical analysis reports to support manuscript writing
  • Discuss findings with supervisors and PI’s to determine manuscripts to move forward
  • Participate in the manuscript writing process
  • Track all manuscripts in progress through publication


The postdoc’s supervisors will advise the postdoc about data prioritization, the role of individual PIs and students, and will direct the tracking of manuscript progress. The postdoc will have dedicated time to work on projects of common interest within the UNC Project. This position will be evaluated after one year in operation for the possibility to convert the position to junior faculty.

Successful applicants to this position will have recently completed a PhD in epidemiology or biostatistics.  Additional desired qualifications are global health experience (including familiarity with global programs, field experience and substantive coursework in global health), program management experience, excellent manuscript writing and communication skills, excellent organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills.

Start Date: On or around July 1, 2012

Expiration Date: Flexible

Application Instructions:
To apply please send cover letter, CV and the name and contact information of two references (two academic or one academic and one from a previous employer) to Irving Hoffman (hoffmani@med.unc.edu)

Deadline to Apply: April 10, 2012

Contact Information: Irving Hoffman, 966-6324, hoffmani@med.unc.edu

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