The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) was established on October 1, 2016 as a merger between the Africa Centre for Population Health and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV. It is made possible through support from Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

AHRI is a cross disciplinary research institute, focussing on defeating HIV, TB and related conditions. We have superb laboratory and population research sites in Durban and in Somkhele, in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal. AHRI is a not-for-profit company, with strong academic underpinning from University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and University College London (UCL).

Our goal is to undertake world class research, based at the epicentre of the twin epidemics. We are now looking to recruit scientists to join our new Institute who have the potential to reach, or are already working at, an internationally competitive level. They will join a vibrant intellectual environment, comprising a senior Faculty of 14 group leaders, with current disciplines spanning immunology, virology and bacteriology, through to clinical research, diagnostics development, epidemiology and social science.  We are particularly keen to increase capacity in bioinformatics and systems biology.

We invite expressions of interest for the following:

  1. Senior Clinical Researcher (Faculty level). We are looking for a highly experienced clinical academic, who has made significant advances in HIV and/or TB clinical research. They should be familiar to working in South Africa, or a similar setting, and will be expected to be fulltime at the Institute. They will lead the development of a strong clinical research programme, and be expected to have expertise which facilitates cross disciplinary research projects. For candidates with appropriate experience there is the possibility of a senior strategic position within AHR
  2. Junior/Intermediate/Senior Researchers. We are particularly interested in recruiting scientists at all levels, and across all relevant disciplines, who currently hold Fellowship funding, or have a high probability of being awarded funding. Faculty status will be offered to suitably qualified candidates, and according to research excellence. It is expected that successful candidates will be based fulltime at AHRI. Nevertheless, we will consider secondment arrangements which will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis.

There is the potential for successful candidates to have academic positions at UCL or UKZN, depending on funding streams and individual circumstances.

Rolling appointments are expected to be made during the course of 2016/17 on the basis of individual scientific excellence, or the potential to achieve excellence. We are committed to building a strong faculty of South African scientists in our Institute, and we will give preference to those applicants from previously disadvantaged groups.

Please send a CV and a 1-2 page statement of research intent to the AHRI Institute Director: