The South African MRC NCDRU’s program on Early life, Childhood and Non-communicable diseases’ is a research program on priority cardiometabolic diseases, other NCDs and determinants in children and adolescents, as well as early life factors that can affect the occurrence of NCDs in adulthood.
Additionally, this program is tasked to extend to children and adolescents, major research initiatives in adults taking place within NCDRU.
The program is located organizationally under the auspices of the Office of the Director, NCDRU. NCDRU is looking for a seasoned scientist to develop and maintain its Early life, Childhood and NCD research program.
Areas of responsibilities : Leading the development and maintenance of an integrated program of research to improve the understanding, prevention, detection and control of priority cardiometabolic diseases and their determinants (and by extension other common NCDs) in children and adolescents, as well as early life factors that can affect the occurrence of NCDs in adult life.
Identifying funding opportunities and lead grant proposals writing to attract funding to support the research portfolio of the program.
Developing and maintaining a network of collaboration in research on NCDs in children and adolescents in South Africa and Africa Establishing and maintaining links with stakeholders both national and internationally, to create new opportunities and maximize the reach and impact of the research of the program Leading scientific knowledge generation in the form of original and other forms of scientific articles on issues relating to NCDs in children and adolescents Presentation at national and regional conferences Developing the next generation of experts in research on NCDs in children and adolescents.
Candidate must meet the following requirements : PhD in epidemiology / public health and / or clinical qualification with practical experience on children and adolescents’ conditions A least 8 years research experience in a research institution or a university, ideally in the area of chronic non-communicable diseases and determinants in children and adolescent in the South African and African context Good communication and organisational skills Experience in managing people and multiple projects as principal and / or co-principal investigator Ability to multi-task and work under pressure Ability to lead scientific writing, demonstrated through involvement in scientific papers as first or senior author Experience in grant writing as PI as successfully attracting funding for research.
Experience in mentoring Masters and PhD students to completion as primary or co-supervisor Advanced knowledge of at least one of the following statistical packages : R, SPSS, SAS or STATA Advantages : Involvement in international collaborative research Strong international recognition Interested candidates can send their CV