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PMA2020 Schisto Postdoc

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) seeks a postdoctoral fellow with a background in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and environmental microbiology or molecular techniques as part of PMA2020.
PMA2020 will launch a new study in Uganda to obtain national assessment of the impact of ongoing schistosomiasis control programs. The findings of the PMA2020 study will have broad applicability to the field at large, informing efforts to control schistosomiasis throughout the world. This study aims to capture the prevalence and causal factors that explain:
• infection rates among all adults and children;
• reinfection rates among those receiving deworming medication;
• knowledge, practices, and attitudes regarding schistosomiasis prevention, especially as these factors relate to public communication programs designed to control schistosomiasis; and
• relevant WASH practices within the community.
The Uganda Schistosomiasis study will use ongoing PMA2020 data collection in Uganda, where our staff of female resident enumerators use smart phones to conduct household and health care facility interviews, sending data to cloud servers for rapid analysis and dissemination.
The postdoctoral fellow will work and be primarily located at JHSPH to work with the two faculty mentors on an as needed basis. One will be on the PMA2020 WASH team and one in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI).
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Drive research questions by developing survey instruments in collaboration with faculty at Johns Hopkins and local partners in Uganda
• Train local technicians and scientists on relevant sampling methodology and oversee laboratory setup to manage basic protocols
• Publish research in peer-reviewed journals to report findings
PhD in environmental health; biostatistics; epidemiology; demography; or other related fields in public health, water, sanitation, or hygiene. Expertise with molecular tools (e.g. PCR) essential. Highly effective communication and written skills are required. This position is located at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health in Baltimore, MD, USA with international travel to to manage field and lab teams in Uganda.
A complete application will contain the following: a letter of interest and a full curriculum vitae.
Contact: Email Dr. Luke MacDonald ( with subject line “PMA Schisto Postdoc Fellowship.”
Deadline: February 1, 2016 or until the position is filled
Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The Johns Hopkins University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.