16 Oct 2023

PhD Fellow – Climate Change And Health Track at NIMR

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Job Description


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) and Tanzania Meteorological Agency and other partners to conduct a study investigating the long-term effects of climate change on non-communicable diseases (CLIMATCH Study). The Institute is inviting applications from motivated and suitably qualified Tanzanian candidates to fill the following positions.


The PhD fellow is expected to write a PhD study proposal and submit thesis within 36 months of PhD registration at any reputable local University. The selected candidate will be expected to write PhD proposal in the area related to the main study which may include an investigation of the effects of climate change on noncommunicable diseases or other related chronic conditions.

REPORTING: The post holder will report to the Project Principal Investigator


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


Holder of Master’s degree in Meteorology, climatology, statistics, mathematical modeling, data science, physics or related field;
Experience of writing and publishing scientific work;
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;
Demonstrate experience is managing complex databases;
Obtained master’s degree within the last 5 years;
The candidate must have analyzed climate data previously; and
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.


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.

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Method of Application

  • 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: [email protected]

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

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