Call for Applications-Gates Drug Discovery Hub Development in Ghana

Starting April 14, 2022 - Ending April 14, 2023

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research

University of Ghana, Legon

 

The Program

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is implementing a project titled ‘Supporting a Drug Discovery Hub Development in Ghana'. This project seeks to train young scientists and technicians towards building a critical mass for drug discovery applications, equip them to compete effectively for international funding for research work in Africa, offer them international exposure, and facilitate their networking and collaboration with other institutions. This call is to invite interested applicants apply for specific positions in the fields of Malaria- in vitro antimalarial drug assays and Organic/Medical Chemistry. Successful applicants will conduct research for a one-year period (renewable up to two years based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds) in a strong interdisciplinary environment at the NMIMR/ Department of Chemistry (Drug Innovation Group, Frank Torto Building). Suitably qualified applicants are invited to submit applications for the four (4) positions listed below:

 

1) Malaria – in vitro antimalarial drug assays

 

a) Postdoctoral Fellow

This person must have expertise in performing antimalarial drug assays in addition to the items listed below

a. Malaria parasite (asexual stage and gametocyte) culture

b. Performing SYBR Green 1 drug assays, Ring stage survival assays (for artemisinin resistance) and Gametocidal assays

c. Using the flow cytometer and analyzing data obtained from the flow cytometer

d. Critical thinking and manuscript writing skills

 

b) Laboratory technician

This person must have expertise in working in BSL2 facilities in addition to the items listed below

a. Malaria parasite culture

b. Preparing and reading thick and thin blood films

c. Good record keeping and organization skills

 

Eligibility

Postdoctoral Fellow: A Young Scientist seeking research career in academia or industry. Applicant should have a Ph.D., MD/Ph.D. or equivalent degree in relevant biomedical sciences (biochemistry, biological sciences, molecular biology etc.) obtained within the past 5 years. Individuals who have submitted their Ph.D. dissertations are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be highly motiva