PhD Scholarship Opportunity at the University of Nairobi, in association with the ZELS ZooLinK project

Jul 14, 2016Past opportunities, ZooLink project, Zoonotic Diseases

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The Zoonoses in Livestock in Kenya (ZooLinK) project is funded by the UK Zoonosis and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) Programme of the BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, MRC, DFID and DSTL. ZooLinK is a collaborative project between the Universities of Liverpool, Edinburgh, Nottingham, The Royal Veterinary College, Nairobi and Kenya Medical Research Institute and International Livestock Research Institute. The parties are conducting a five year study on integrated zoonosis surveillance on 14 zoonotic diseases in western Kenya.

ZooLinK seeks to recruit a PhD student to be registered at the University of Nairobi to join its interdisciplinary research team to address the various objectives of the project.

The normal rules of admission and academic selection of the University of Nairobi will be applied in the recruitment for this position.  Interested candidates must have an MSc degree in basic sciences or medicine/veterinary medicine with a strong bias towards epidemiology and quantitative biostatistics. He/She must submit his/her detailed CV, an application cover letter, and a concept note not exceeding 3 pages in the form of a research proposal detailing a proposed project he/she wishes to pursue.  To be considered, the proposed project must fall within the scope of the ZooLinK programme.  It may focus on an aspect of one of the zoonotic diseases under study or integrate approaches across several diseases. Candidates falling under the University of Nairobi staff development programme will have an added advantage.

The deadline for submission is 5pm on 15th August 2016.  All applications, as well as any informal enquiries, are to be sent to Professor Erastus Kang’ethe, at the email address

More details on the project, the focus diseases and other details can be obtained at the ZooLinK website [hyperlink].


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