Collaborative research on a wide range of diseases in PNG

Vacancy announcement


Postdoctoral Scientist (Vector Control Tool Evaluation)

This position is for a skilled and motivated postdoctoral scientist to establish and manage a vector control tool assessment programme for Papua New Guinea and the wider South Pacific region. The project is called Newly Adapted Tools and Network Against Mosquito-borne Disease Transmission (NATNAT), and is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade via the International Vector Control Consortium.
The position will be contracted by James Cook University or the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR), by negotiation with the preferred candidate to be seconded full-time to PNGIMR. The postdoctoral scientist will be based full-time at the PNGIMR Vector-borne diseases unit in Madang, PNG and manage a mid-size team of scientific officers and technicians. PNGIMR is a well-known research institution with a strong focus on vector-borne diseases research. More information about PNGIMR can be found here:
The postdoctoral scientist will be expected to independently and with guidance from the principal investigators, establish and manage various stages of the new vector control tool assessment facilities including insectary, mosquito tunnel system, ambient chambers and experimental huts. The position includes designing and overseeing the building of some of these facilities as well as coordinating the implementation of pilot VCT evaluation trials in village-settings.
Applicants at all postdoctoral levels are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a discipline related to vector-borne diseases (malaria, arbovirus) with a strong preference for applicants who can demonstrate experience in leading laboratory and field-based mosquito entomology studies and vector control tool assessment studies. Previous experience working in developing country environments will be beneficial.
The position start date will be as soon as possible. Duration of the fixed-term contract will be from approximately February 2020 to June 2023.




Vacancy: Postdoctoral Scientist in Epidemiology/Public Health

The PNGIMR is a statutory organization tasked with conducting health and medical research into the primary health problems facing the people of Papua New Guinea. The institute provides evidence base research for health policy formulation in PNG. It has a long-standing research program on malaria that combines international excellence with local relevance.
The Institute recently received funding to conduct studies on the prevalence of malaria on Lihir Group of Islands, New Ireland Province, PNG. In partnership with Lihir Malaria Elimination Program, the IMR will conduct surveys on the prevalence of malaria on the island in preparation for control measures to eventually eliminate malaria.
We are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Scientist, to be based at PNGIMR Madang, to lead a team studying the prevalence of malaria on the island and monitor the impact of malaria elimination programs. The candidate will be part of a team of local and international network of collaborators. The position will be for a period of six (6) months.
We are looking for a researcher at the postdoctoral level with strong skills in the design, implementation and analysis of epidemiological field studies, (bio-) statistics, data management and report writing. A PhD in a relevant discipline and hands-on field work experience are both essential. Moreover, the candidate needs to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be experienced in project management, which will be a key component of the position. We require a candidate with a particular interest in interdisciplinary public health research and mentoring of junior researchers, and willing to be based full-time in Papua New Guinea with international travel if required.

Postdoctoral Scientist

 PhD in epidemiology, public health or a related discipline

 Strong quantitative and analytical skills

 Interest in the areas of epidemiology, malaria surveillance, control and elimination

 Project and team management skills

 Ability to work both independently and within a team-based environment

 Ability to coordinate a range of different activities and respond flexibly to the requirements of a complex project

 Ability to work in a culturally diverse and operationally challenging environment

 Track-record in scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals

 Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English, and to establish cooperative working relationships with a wide range of individuals

Start of employment: 21th October 2019 (duration of contract: 6 months with possibility of extension).

Written application, clearly stating the position of interest, including CV and the names of three (3) professional referees should be forwarded to:

Human Resource Officer
PNG Institute of Medical Research
PO Box 60, Goroka EHP 441

Email: [email protected]
Phone; +675 5322800
Applications must be received by 4:00pm 30th September 2019

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