H3ABioNet

Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience

http://www.wits.ac.za/research/sbimb

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP POSITION FOR 2014 - NIH-funded H3Africa Wits-INDEPTH Partnership

GENOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISK FACTORS FOR CARDIOMETABOLIC DISEASE IN AFRICANS

The aim of the African Wits-INDEPTH Genomics (AWI-Gen) Collaborative Centre is to study the genetic risk factors for body composition, including obesity, body mass distribution and waist & hip circumference, which together with environmental factors contribute towards susceptibility for cadiometabolic diseases. This study is based at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and includes five INDEPTH Network member health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) field sites across four African countries: Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya and South Africa, as well as an urban study site in Soweto (Wits’ Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit).
The study will begin by examining the genomic architecture of the African populations in these regions and will progress to investigate genomic contributions to body fat distribution, considering the relevant environmental and social contexts, in order to contribute to an understanding of susceptibility to cardiometabolic diseases. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved with resource development and management across centres, advancing the scientific objectives of the project, planning implementation of the projects, designing nested projects and analysing large datasets.


The project will be managed under the leadership of Prof Michèle Ramsay (Wits SBIMB and Division of Human Genetics) and Dr Osman Sankoh (Executive Director of the INDEPTH Network).

APPLICATION PROCESS

Minimum requirements:

  • PhD in genetics, bioinformatics, statistics, computer science or relevant discipline
  • Background in genomics and experience in working with large datasets is essential
  • Application process:
  • Please send a letter of motivation stating why you are a suitable candidate for the position
  • Include your CV as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of two or three appropriate referees
  • Send applications to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and CC to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application deadline: Friday, 29 November 2013
Shortlisting: Morning of Monday, 2 December 2013
Interviews: Afternoon of Friday, 6 December 2013

The original job posting can be found here.