CIPHER HIV-Exposed Uninfected Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2018

CIPHER HIV-Exposed Uninfected Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2018

Deadline: June 22, 2018

Applications are open for the CIPHER HIV-Exposed Uninfected Fellowship. Do you want to conduct HIV research & undertake a systematic review of the literature on HIV-exposed uninfected child health outcomes? This opportunity is for you.

The Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) at the University of Cape Town School of Public Health, in partnership with the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) of the International AIDS Society (IAS) invites applications for a 15-month postdoctoral research fellowship. The candidate selected for this fellowship will conduct research, including a systematic review of the literature on HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) child health outcomes.

The awardee of the CIPHER HIV-Exposed Uninfected Fellowship will be announced at the 4th HIV-Exposed Uninfected Child and Adolescent Workshop to be held on 22 July 2018 as an official pre-conference of the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The selected candidate will be based at CIDER for the fellowship, but professional development activities include a two-month training period with the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a one-month training period at the Botswana Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Partnership.

Value and Tenure

  • The post-doctoral scholarship is valued at R470,000 per annum.
  • The tenure of the award is 15 months (total value of the award for the period is R587,500).
  • A modest travel allowance for the period spent in Boston, US and Gaborone, Botswana will additionally be provided.


  • Applications are open to residents of low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) with a demonstrated commitment to working in a LMIC after the fellowship period.
  • A PhD obtained no more than 5 years ago in Epidemiology/Statistics/Public Health or cognate discipline from a recognised institution.
  • Proven analytic skills and experience analysing and writing up results for peer-reviewed publication in the field of HIV including PMTCT, ideally with a paediatric focus.
  • Experience in collaborating with different research teams is an advantage.


The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Register as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town.
  • Conduct a systematic review, synthesizing and appraising the HEU child literature and general child health literature within priority outcome domains identified by the HEU Project Team, with the goal of collating the definitions and measurements of HEU child exposures and outcomes and comparing these with relevant exposure and outcome measures used in general child health research.
  • Liaise with participating CIPHER networks working with HEU child research and CIPHER fellows with HEU-focused research projects.
  • Present the systematic review and recommendations for next steps in harmonizing HEU child research to a panel of HEU experts, including members of CIPHER.
  • Publish a systematic review on HEU child research in a selected outcome domain.
  • As part of the candidate’s professional development, full participation will be required in all CIDER academic activities while based at UCT and in academic activities while at HSPH.
  • Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the UCT post-doctoral supervisor and adhere to the plans and agreements therein.
  • Comply with UCT’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.
  • The successful candidate will not be permitted to undertake any part-time employment concurrently with holding the fellowship.
  • Candidates may not have previously held any permanent academic or professional posts.


Applicants are required to submit:

  • an application form and letter of motivation;
  • a CV including details of any conference presentations and/or publications;
  • academic transcripts, and
  • the names and contact details of 2 academic referees who have taught/supervised the applicant.

Enquiries and completed applications should be directed to: Ms Dominique Adams: email: [email protected] Telephone: 021-4066808 Fax: 021-4066764

Download the Application form

For more information, visit CIPHER HIV-Exposed Uninfected Fellowship.