H3ABioNet

Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) University of the Witwatersrand March 2015 - Recruitment 
Postdoctoral Fellowships and Doctoral Bursaries

We are strengthening our research team to build critical mass to explore genomic, transcriptomic and epidemiological data related to disease susceptibility and treatment in African populations. Doctoral bursaries and postdoctoral fellowships are available for the following research projects:

  • Exploring the impact African genomic variation and environmental factors on health (NRF funded). 

  • HIV positive elite and long term controllers: viral host targets for HIV functional cure study (MRC funded). 

  • Potential for personalised medicine in an African setting (NRF funded)


Understanding the interactions between genome structure and environmental influences is essential to interpreting their role in human health and susceptibility to disease. There is also a unique opportunity to explore host-pathogen interactions in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite rapid increases in infectious and non- communicable diseases on the African continent, there is a dearth of genomic studies on African populations. The positions require good bioinformatics skills and will be based at the multi-disciplinary Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in South Africa. All candidates will be required to undertake and promote cross-disciplinary research. Positions are subject to approval by the National Research Foundation (NRF) or MRC and thus South African candidates are encouraged to apply, although other nationalities will be considered since these are scarce skills. 


Minimum requirements:


An appropriate degree (Masters for Doctoral Bursary; PhD for Postdoc) obtained within the last 5 years. Previous research experience in bioinformatics/genomics techniques, biostatistics, mathematics, as well as an ability to work with large data sets, would be an advantage. 


  • Doctoral support is for three years 

  • The Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded provisionally for two or three years, with renewal for the 
second/third year subject to performance and progress of submitted journal publications. 


Submitting your application:


Please email your application through as follows: 


  • Your CV(max 4 pages) 

  • A cover letter (max 2 pages) indicating how your knowledge and skills would align to the research topic and what your expectations are should you be successful. 

  • Contact details for three potential academic referees

Please make the subject of the email: APPLICATION-DoctoralBursary-YourSurname or APPLICATION-PostDoc-YourSurname, as appropriate. 


Email your application through to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday 31 March 2015, though applications will also be considered beyond this if suitable candidates have not been identified. You are welcome to also contact Scott Hazelhurst ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Caroline Tiemessen ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for further information on the projects on offer. 


The grant-holders reserve the right not to make a nomination if suitable candidates are not identified.

The original advertisement can be founde here.