Senior Scientist Maternal & Neonatal Health – Senegal

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MRC Unit The Gambia


Dakar , Senegal

The MRC Unit, The Gambia is the Council’s largest establishment conducting medical research in a developing country. The Unit aims to improve the health of people in low-income countries by excellence in multi-disciplinary research programmes. To reflect changes in national and global health priorities and new international funding opportunities, a new research portfolio has been organized under three themes: Nutrition; Disease Control & Elimination; Vaccine and Immunity.  These themes have been selected to target health needs of developing countries, to reinforce sub-regional and international collaborations and to address some of the major current priorities in the Sustainable Development Goals.

As a major thrust of its future strategy, The MRC Unit The Gambia is seeking to strengthen its engagement in West Africa to ensure that its research outputs have the greatest possible impact on health policies and practices. It has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) and the “Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formations (IRESSEF), in Dakar, Senegal, for a regional alliance (West Africa Global Health Alliance, WAGHA) on global health research, with particular attention to regional priorities in West Africa. The unacceptable high burden of maternal and neonatal mortality has been identified as one of these priorities, and research in this field will be a major component of WAGHA.

You will develop an outstanding research program in both Senegal and The Gambia, dealing with issues of public health importance related to maternal and neonatal health in West Africa. Such programs will be formulated and implemented in full collaboration with the 3 institutions involved in the WAGHA and their relevant components/research themes.  You will successfully compete for research funding, direct your own research programs and have supervisory responsibility for all related research activities.  Also you will contribute to the training and supervision of scientists and research students, including PhD students.

Desired skills and experience

You will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject, with significant post-doctoral experience in the area of maternal and neonatal health.  You will need an outstanding publication record, including senior authorship and experience of supervising and leading a team.

For displaced staff we offer a generous overseas allowance, furnished accommodation, flights, excellent holiday entitlement, membership of MRC final salary pension scheme and other benefits.

For more information and to submit your application please go to the website.

Please ensure that you include a copy of your CV, covering letter and contact details for three professional referees within your application. Please quote reference: GAM 509

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