Postdoctoral programme

Postdoctoral researchers are an essential component at AHRI, helping to build a vibrant and productive research community. AHRI aims to provide a supportive yet opportunity-filled environment for postdoctoral researchers with the aim of aiding each to reach the next step in their careers.

The purpose of AHRI’s one-year (renewable) postdoctoral research fellowship is to enable young scientists to engage in a period of uninterrupted research. AHRI postdoctoral research fellows will become part of a productive research community. With the guidance of a faculty member, they are provided with an opportunity for experiential learning in research, which may serve as a path for further professional development.

Opportunities & how to apply

All postdoc opportunities are advertised on AHRI’s careers page.

Open call for postdoctoral fellows:

Outstanding, innovative scientists with a desire to be the future leaders of science in South Africa and beyond are encouraged to apply for a postdoctoral research fellowship.

Candidates should have an excellent academic record and a PhD and/or MD degree completed in the past five years.

Candidates should have a track record of research, including first authorship on published papers or manuscripts in submission.

Individuals must be highly motivated, self-directed and have a record of mentoring more junior researchers.

Applicants are required to submit a detailed CV and cover letter to, citing (PDRF/2023) in the subject line. The deadline is 31 December, 2023.

*AHRI reserves the right in special circumstances to accept late applications or to extend the above date in order to facilitate further searches. Furthermore, AHRI reserves the right not to make an offer of award. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date.

PhD programme

AHRI is always looking for outstanding and innovative students with a background in social, biological, mathematical, chemical and/or engineering science to join its PhD Programme.

  • Access to a world-class research facility
  • Weekly tutorials with faculty on advanced topics in HIV and TB
  • Reserved places on AHRI short courses
  • Access to a PhD advisory committee
  • Opportunities for international research trips
  • A competitive stipend

Master’s programme

AHRI offers an exciting master’s programme with many value-added training opportunities. Our two-year master’s provides students with high-level mentorship, a supportive environment and access to AHRI’s state-of-the art facilities. There are also opportunities to attend international conferences.