Assistant or Associate Professor – Environment and Human Health 91 views

The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia is one of the largest scientific research centres in sub-Saharan Africa, with an international reputation for ground-breaking research into some of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the tropics. Our overall goal is to improve the health of people in developing countries by aiming for excellence in research, healthcare and training. Our research program spans basic scientific research, clinical studies, epidemiological studies and intervention trials, and translational research. The field and laboratory-based work draws on excellent research and clinical facilities and attracts international funding. 

We are seeking to recruit a mid-career researcher in the field of environment and human health to set up and develop this new area of research for the Unit which has been opened in recognition of the significant influence environmental changes have and will continue to have on human health in sub-Saharan Africa. The candidate will possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field and may also in addition have a teaching qualification.  

The post holder will develop a research program in The Gambia and neighboring countries, dealing with issues of public health importance related to environment, climate change, and human health in West Africa. The program will be formulated and implemented in full collaboration with our academic and non-academic partners within the West African region and beyond. 

The post-holder will be able to deliver high quality research and scholarship in the field of environment and human health individually and in collaboration with others by applying for external grants/fellowships or developing and maintaining a research grant portfolio from good research funders. 

We offer the opportunity for a rich career experience and the chance of becoming part of a growing multinational and multicultural working environment in one of the most peaceful countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 

The salary is on the Academic pay scale from £45,878 – £63,671 per annum. The post is subject to LSHTM terms and conditions of service and is offered initially until 31 March 2021.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year. In addition, there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the pension scheme is available. Free-furnished residential accommodation is provided and a package of overseas allowances is available. 

Applications should be made at and should include names and email contacts of 2 referees to be contacted if shortlisted.  Applications are accepted until 10pm on 15th July 2019. Queries regarding the application process may be addressed to 

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria.  Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. 

The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. Answers to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” are unacceptable. If shortlisted but unable to attend the interview, it may not be possible to offer an alternative date.

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