Senior Clinical Postdoctoral Research Officer – Network Clinical Lead

Reference Number: 
SCPRO/NCL -10/9/2019
Employment Type: 
Full time
Clinical Healthcare and Research
Job Grade: 

To provide clinical leadership for an established network of sites in Africa and Asia working on improving care during and following acute illness amongst undernourished children.

To gain a better understanding of the CHAIN network, applicants are encouraged to visit this link.


REPORTS TO: CHAIN Scientific Director   

SUPERVISES: Study teams in Kenya, liaises with study teams at international sites 


Assists the Programme Manager in responsibility for the study budget and assets


Despite an overall reduction of child mortality in LMICs, acutely-ill undernourished children continue to have a greatly elevated risk of death, both during hospitalization and following discharge. However, we currently lack robust evidence for their management. This project will establish prospective harmonised cohorts of acutely ill young undernourished children across Africa and Asia in order to better understanding the risk factors and mechanisms involved in mortality in hospital and after discharge, identify key intervention targets and establish an international platform for undertaking clinical trials.

The post holder will have a very high level of responsibility for the clinical aspects of network activities, ensuring clinical standards, harmonisation, data quality and clinically-relevant outputs.

The post holder will be expected to develop and grow their own specific research projects together with senior investigators that will sustain and build work over the course of this multi-year project.

The post holder will need to be self-sufficient and be able to work unsupervised with an unpredictable timescale.  The post is mentally demanding and involves a working closely with study teams in Africa and Asia and a high level of communication. 

This post will deputize the CHAIN Scientific Director role and be responsible for manging all clinical and scientific work. 


  • To represent the projects at internal, local and international meetings
  • To help coordinate network meetings and sub-study working groups
  • To ensure that clinical teams fulfil their roles and responsibilities and maintain clinical standards and ethics
  • To help develop study protocols, procedure, CRFs, SOPs and informed consent documents for the network and allied projects
  • To undertake clinical training and ongoing mentorship at study sites and ensure harmonisation
  • To advise on clinical care for study participants
  • To work with the data manager and statistician to undertake interim and substantive analyses, and to write regular reports and make presentations
  • To undertake systematic literature reviews
  • To develop and undertake sub-studies
  • Develop own research projects
  • Other duties that may be assigned from time to time.



  • PhD in any clinical speciality or have submitted their PhD thesis / Candidates with M.MED in paediatrics with significant research experience will be considered.
  • Medically qualified with specialist training in Master of Medicine (M.MED.) in paediatrics or another relevant medical specialty, and extensive experience in the management of acutely ill children and malnutrition in low-income settings
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B;Ch.B.) degree or its equivalent degree from any recognized university or institution;
  • Strong leadership, organisational and planning ability
  • A high standard of written scientific English
  • Experience in clinical training and teaching in international settings
  • Computer literacy in project management tools and Microsoft applications


  • Previous clinical experience in clinical research leading to publication


  • Based at the Nairobi office of the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya.
  • Regular travel, including outside of working hours, within and out of the country to visit trial sites for training, oversight, clinical reviews and trouble shooting
  • Be available to work flexibly, out of hours as necessary


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All applicants are required to state their current/last salary.

Candidates must supply an email and telephone contact that will be used when offering interviews.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates shall be required to produce ORIGINALS of their National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates, original transcripts and testimonials, detailed curriculum vitae and valid clearance certificate (certificate of good conduct) during the interviews. 

The application closing date is 24th September 2019. 

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is an equal opportunity employer. Direct or indirect canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.  KWTRP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).