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Assistant Professor (Research Scientist), Institute for Human Development

Aga Khan University (AKU)

Research, Teaching & Training

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3 weeks ago

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Chartered in , Aga Khan University (AKU) is a private, autonomous and self-governing international university, with 13 teaching sites in 6 countries over three continents. An integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network, AKU provides higher education in multiple health science and social science disciplines, carries out research pertinent primarily to low- and middle-income countries and operates 7 hospitals (soon 8) and over outreach clinics, all at international standards. It has almost 2, students and 14, staff. The University is both a model of academic excellence and an agent of social change. As a leading international institution dedicated to excellence and change, AKU operates on the core principles of quality, relevance, impact and access.

The Institute for Human Development (IHD) is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge with direct relevance for policies, programs, and practices that enhance life experiences at all stages of human development. In its foundational years, the Institute seeks particularly to become a visible instrumental force, locally as well as globally, for advancing knowledge about the earliest years of childrenâs development and for harnessing such knowledge for the purpose of shaping policies and interventions that ensure a strong start in life for all children wherever they may live. ââââ

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The Research Scientist will support the Director of IHD to coordinate research activities for various projects within the departments. The position will have a two specific focus. First will be a position focusing on climate change and its impact on human functioning, especially in the context of nutrition, agriculture, and related aspects.The second position will have a strong focus on genomics and mental health, examining biological, social and epidemiological aspects of mental health in the contexts of various conditions including HIV, and neurodevelopmental disorders among others.


·Coordination of all study-related field activities, including stakeholder and community engagement;

·Facilitate the planning process for project, launch and implementation in liaison with the project teams;

·Stakeholder engagement;

·Development of SOPs and quality control measures;

·Ensure readiness of data collection tools and devices (translations, consents, recording, storage and safety);

·Lead the implementation and evaluation of projects;

·Oversee projects risk identification, mitigation, monitoring and updating of risk registers;

·Organize the field team for data transcriptions, cleaning, and coding;

·Ensure proper storage of all records and raw data;

·Ensuring appropriate back-up of study data is in place;

·Support with analysis of data;

·Ensure reporting procedures (Technical and financial) as stipulated by the donor are adhered to;

·Lead in the write up high quality manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals.

·Mentor and supervise study teams;

·Ensure project activities are packaged and displayed through the IHD website and other relevant platforms that are accessible to the intended audience;

·Plan for information dissemination of study finding through appropriate channels to all the relevant stakeholders including the policy makers, implementers, academicians, other scientist and study beneficiaries;

·Lead in packaging information for dissemination to different audience including policy briefs and presentations;

·Mentor and supervise Masters, PhD and Junior research fellows in the department;

·Develop research ideas and submit for funding as the Principal Investigator;

·Contribute to departmental-wide grant applications and submission;

·Support junior faculty and PhD students in their efforts for resource mobilization

·Ensure proper documentation of all procedures and overall research process in coordination with the data manager;

·Work closely with the AKU communication team to ensure project activities are profiled through the different channels of communication targeting all key stakeholders including adolescents, parents, implementers and policy makers; and

·Support with scientific communication through dissemination in conference and peer reviewed journals.


·PhD in Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Epidemiology, Biological Sciences, Nutritional Sciences or other allied fields;

·At least 4 years of Post PhD research experience post;

·1 â 2 yearsâ experience teaching at the University level would be desirable;

·Significant and relevant experience in designing and setting up a research project;

·A track record of successfully attracting research funds;

·A track record of publishing in peer-reviewed, high-quality scientific journals;

·Demonstrable experience in mentoring and supervising students;

·Advanced statistical analysis skills;

·Experience in community mobilisation and partner engagement processes;

·Track record of either clinical work or lab work would be an added advantage; and

·Willingness to travel outside the country.

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