The Infectious Diseases Institute
Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is an independently governed institute within the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University and has the mission “To strengthen health systems in Africa, with a strong emphasis on infectious diseases, through research and capacity development.” IDI has operations across Uganda as well as in a number of other African countries and has a staffing of over 1,000 managing multiple projects in research, clinical services, public health and training.
Applications are invited for a Post-doc Research Fellow as part of the Cascading Climate and Health Risks in African Cities (CASCADE) Program. This position will be based at Infectious Diseases Institute to contribute to the overarching aim of CASCADE, namely to advance understanding of critical urban climate-health challenges through applying a complex system framing.
Description of the CASCADE project
The Cascading Climate and Health Risks in African Cities (CASCADE) project is part of the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training, and Science in Africa (DELTAS Africa) programme. DELTAS is a long-term programme to support collaborative consortia led by Africa-based scientists to amplify Africa-led development of world-class research and scientific leaders on the continent, while strengthening African institutions. See more about the programme here: https://scienceforafrica.foundation/deltas-africa
The CASCADE consortium includes academic and non-academic organizations across Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe, the United States and Europe. The project aims to support deep transdisciplinary engagement that furthers collaboration and integration of science and decision-making in African cities. Organisations that are involved in CASCADE include the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG), the University of Ghana, Chinhoyi University of Technology, the Infectious Diseases Institute-Makerere, the Global Change Institute (University of Witwatersrand), The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and START International to work towards CASCADE aims.
CASCADE will support 50 Early Career Researchers through a Scholars Research Programme, which will include mentorship by senior researchers, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, leadership training and opportunities to attend conferences. ECRs will be expected to undertake research that contributes to the overarching CASCADE research objectives, which cover broad areas of: i) complex and cascading urban-climate-health risks; ii) urban health interventions and communications; and iii) climate-health governance. Importantly, CASCADE aims contribute knowledge that is led by and relevant to southern African cities.
- The successful candidate will work in collaboration with researchers within the organization and across the consortium, contributing toward the project objectives.
- The fellow will be responsible for leading pieces of work in CASCADE over 3 years, including the topic and methodological design of such work
- The fellow will be expected to undertake research that contributes to the overarching CASCADE research objectives, which cover broad areas of: i) complex and cascading urban-climate-health risks; ii) urban health interventions and communications; and iii) climate-health governance
- The fellow will be expected to produce high level research in line with the CASCADE objectives.
- The fellow will be loosely guided by senior researchers
- The fellow will provide mentorship for PhD and MSc students, as well as internships.
Requirements of the award/Successful candidates
- Must have completed their PhDs in the last five years
- Will be expected lead pieces of work that contributes to the overarching CASCADE research objectives, which cover broad areas of: i) complex and cascading urban-climate-health risks; ii) urban health interventions and communications; and iii) climate-health governance
- The position will be based in Kampala and must be willing to travel across Africa.
- Work effectively in a diverse team environment.
- Excellent English language skills (written and spoken).
- Interest in supervising and mentoring students
This will cover
- Monthly stipend
- Support for conducting research activities
Key Deliverables at the end of the engagement
- Manuscripts published
- Participation and presentation in international conferences
- Mentorship of PhD and Masters students
How to apply
· The application should comprise:
1) A letter of motivation
2) A concept note (maximum of 2-pages) of the proposed research to undertake
3) CV (max 2 pages) including publications if available
4) A letter of reference
5) Copies of their academic transcripts