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29. januar 2024

PhD project – Call for applications for a fully financed PhD fellowshipPhD project

Increased Tuberculosis Case Detection – a cluster-randomized trial combining available resources and novel strategies for high endemic areas (DiOpTB))

Project description

The Bandim Health Project tuberculosis research group is seeking an ambitious PhD-student to carry out a project with the potential to change global guidelines for diagnosis of tuberculosis in low-income countries – benefitting millions of patients.

In 2022 an estimated 10.6 million people fell ill with tuberculosis and 1.6 million died of the disease, making tuberculosis one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, second only to COVID-19. Of those who fell ill, 39% went undetected and untreated. Thus, accurate and timely identification of tuberculosis is of paramount importance to the cause of ending TB and to global health.

Since 1978, the Bandim Health Project has been following a well-defined study population in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau with regular population surveys, creating a population cohort in one of the world’s most resource-poor settings. For the past 20 years, we have additionally been collaborating with local health centers and the national tuberculosis hospital to create an on-going cohort of patients with tuberculosis nested within the population cohort in the study area. This provides us with unique data to carry out research on tuberculosis epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment.

In this project we aim to evaluate a new diagnostic algorithm for tuberculosis utilizing existing technologies in a manner expected to improve diagnostic yield. We further aim to evaluate the benefits of novel technologies such as facemask sampling and AI-interpreted chest X-rays uploaded using mobile phones.

The project is designed as a multi-center, cluster-randomized clinical trial at the Bandim Health Project in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau as well as at collaborating institutions in North-Gondar, Ethiopia. The project will be aligned closely with local political structures, ensuring the rapid dissemination of results and adoption of new procedures – which are likewise expected to affect guidelines by the WHO, making a difference for millions of patients each year.

The day-to-day work will involve supervising local assistants in Guinea-Bissau, ensuring data quality, processing data, and disseminating results through written publications and conference presentations.

Qualifications

We are looking for a highly driven, hardworking candidate with a Danish master’s degree (or equivalent) in medicine, public health, global health, or related fields.

Other important qualifications are:

  • a passion for making a difference for one of the world’s most resource-poor patient populations and improving health outcomes in low-income countries
  • an interest in international health/global health/public health
  • experience living in or travelling in low-income countries
  • a willingness to live in one of the world’s most resource-poor countries for at least two years and an expectation that you will thrive doing so
  • an aptitude for learning languages, as the candidate will be supervising assistants in the local language of Portuguese Krio
  • fluency in English both written and spoken, and the determination to write articles for publication in high-impact international journals
  • the ability to work independently without daily supervision as advisors will be located in Denmark/Sweden
  • a sense of humor and a big heart

Previous experience in infectious diseases, international health, or public health are an advantage but not a requirement. It is essential that the applicant understands that this position requires being located for at least two years in Guinea-Bissau, one of the world’s most resource-poor countries, as well as attending occasional workshops in Ethiopia.

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation, country of origin, or ethnicity. 

How to apply

Please submit your application via this link. Application deadline is 2 February 2024 23:59 CET. Preferred starting date is: 1 August 2024.

For information about application requirements and mandatory attachments, please see our application guide 

Further information

Please contact Clinical Associate Professor Frauke Rudolf, frauke.rudolf@clin.au.dk, for more information.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with applicable collective agreement.