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KEMRI - Wellcome Trust Research Programme

Clinical Research Career Entry Posts

The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is an internationally renowned health research Programme that is committed to carrying out high quality research on health issues affecting Kenya and Africa in general and to building research capacity in the East African Region. 

Our clinical research aims to improve understanding of the aetiology, burden and risk factors for major diseases, optimise clinical care, develop and test interventions, and influence national and international policy and practice. 

Currently, several important clinical trials are going on alongside observational studies, quality and implementation of care studies, and epidemiological, pathophysiological, immunological and microbiological projects.
Three clinical research career entry posts are available in the areas listed below.
Based in Kilifi:
  • Child health: severe malnutrition, the severely ill child, severe anaemia, sickle cell disease, newborn health, epilepsy, stroke, mental health disorders.
  • Adult health: stroke, mental health disorders, chronic respiratory disease, meningoencephalitis, HIV infection dynamics, emergency obstetric management.
Based in Nairobi:
  • Quality and safety of care in either neonatology or surgery.
These positions offer an opportunity to work with experienced scientists in a highly dynamic research
environment and will suit individuals wishing to pursue a long term career in research as a clinician scientist.
Post-holders will work on existing research projects, undertake clinical duties, and be exposed to a strong research environment including a wide range of seminars and journals clubs, and mentorship in research methodology in order to develop a strong scientific project and fellowship proposal
The positions are open to East African clinicians with MMed training and are for two years nonrenewable.
However, during this period the post-holders will be expected to develop and submit applications for external funding to support their PhD training or further research if they already have a PhD. 

If funding is awarded the holder’s contract will be extended to the end of the awarded grant period.
For more information and to apply, please visit the Programme’s website:

or contact Dr. Jay Berkley ( for Kilifi-based posts and Professor Mike English ( for Nairobi-based posts.

Only online applications will be accepted.

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