PhD Fellow (3 Posts) at NIMR October, 2023

Job Title: PhD Fellow (3 Posts)

Reporting To: The post holder will report to the Project Principal Investigator

National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)



The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) is a Parastatal Organization established by an Act of Parliament No. 23 of 1979 (CAP.59, R.E.2002) and became operational in 1980.  NIMR-Mwanza Research Centre is one of the NIMR Centers located in Mwanza region. The Centre is currently conducting research on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as well as other diseases of public health importance. The National Institute for Medical Research is looking for the qualified, experienced and well-motivated personnel to fill various positions into different projects at NIMR Mwanza Centre.


The Institute is collaborating with Rigshospitalet (Danish National Hospital), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Liverpool to conduct a clinical trial to test the effects of novel Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) and a program of psychosocial stimulation on cognitive and nutritional outcomes among malnourished children in Mwanza region. Therefore, the Institute is inviting applications from motivated and suitably qualified Tanzanian candidates to fill the following positions.

Job Title: PhD FELLOW (3 POSTS)

A PhD fellow will be expected to write a PhD study proposal and undertake the project on the subject related to the main funded project and submit their thesis within 36 months of PhD registration at any reputable local University. 


  1. Coordinate the implementation of the BRIGHT-SAM study. This will include;
  2. Preparation of ethics applications, standard operating procedures and field recruitment plans.
  3. Recruitment of study participants and data collection in the field.
  4. To represent the study in national and international platforms.
  5. To undertake a PhD project on the subject related to the main funded project and submit thesis within 36 months; and
  6. To perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.


  1. Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, Nutritional Sciences, Clinical Research, Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases or related disciplines from a recognized University and a minimum of an upper second or overall minimum of Grade B+ for unclassified Degrees in the Bachelor Degree; I. Experience of writing and publishing scientific work;
  2. The candidate must have published at least one paper emanating from the Master’s degree work or other scientific work or has produced equivalent scientific output;
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  4. Demonstrated ability to work under minimum supervision and meet tight deadlines;
  5. Commitment to working as part of a multidisciplinary research team; and Ability to work in a multicultural environment.


One year contract which may be renewed on the basis of performance and mutual agreement.


The successful candidate will be based at NIMR Mwanza Centre and regularly visits at study sites.


A competitive salary will be offered to the successful candidate as per project budget.


  • Application letters should be written in English;
  • Applicants must attach certified copies of Birth certificate, academic certificates and other awards;
  • Application letters should be attached with curriculum vitae which includes not less than two relevant referees’ contacts;
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted; and
  • A daytime mobile telephone number and e-mail contact details should be included in the application

All applications should be addressed to:

Centre Manager,
National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Mwanza Centre,
P.O.BOX 1462,
Mwanza. Or through email:

The deadline for submitting the application is 24th October, 2023.