The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is based within the KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medical Research – (Coast). Our core activities are funded by the Wellcome Trust.
The post-holder will lead a programme of research within the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Impact Study (PCVIS). This is a longitudinal study, funded by Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, to determine the long-term impact of the PCV programme in Kenya and guide vaccine policy in consultation with the Kenya National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (KENITAG) and the National Vaccines and Immunization Program within the Ministry of Health. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the further development of the research programme (including development of their own proposals), scientific leadership, and collaborate with local, national and international partners. The ideal post holder will have experience in pneumococcal microbiology / molecular biology.
The post holder will be expected to advance the detection, diagnosis, differentiation and characterisation of pneumococci identified in carriage and disease surveillance and to bring novel methods to the surveillance programme.
The post-holder will work full-time at the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi. He/she will be responsible to the Principal Investigator (PI) of PCVIS, and will work closely with other project specific staff (Programme Manager, Epidemiologist, Mathematical modeller, Laboratory Manager) to ensure smooth running of key epidemiological components of the project. The core project is a before-after study of invasive pneumococcal disease embedded within the demographic surveillance system, with specific analyses for indirect vaccine protection and “serotype replacement disease”. The post-holder will assist the PI running the core study but will also oversee additional surveillance activities. The team has a wide range of studies of pneumococcal carriage exploring the ecology of the nasopharynx, competition within pneumococci, host and pathogen factors affecting invasiveness, strain evolution, and the use of carriage studies and modelling to drive vaccine policy decisions in LMICs. The post-holder will be expected to take on one or more specific research objectives personally, depending on his/her prior experience and technical skills.
Interested and qualified? Go to KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) career website on jobs.kemri-wellcome.org to apply